An American comedy-drama series adapted by John Wells based upon the British series of the same name. It centers around the Gallaghers, a dysfunctional family set in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side.
Queer Plotline Timeline
Towards the end of season 1 we meet Frank’s wife, Monica and her girlfriend Roberta. In season 6 & 7 Veronica, Svetlana and Kevin have a polyamorous relationship. In season 7 Ian starts dating Trevor, a charming trans activist. They break up at the end of season 7 after Ian runs off with his ex. At the beginning of season 8 the show introduces Nessa, a cute lesbian tenant of Fiona’s. Fiona and Nessa become friends. In season 9 Debbie meets a lesbian welder named Alex and they have a brief relationship.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1, Episode 9 “But At Last Came a Knock” – Frank has come into some settlement money, but he needs his wife Monica to sign the paperwork. Frank finds Monica at a supermarket with her girlfriend Roberta.
- Season 6, Episode 9 “A Yurt of One’s Own” – Veronica decides to marry Svetlana so she can get her green card. Kevin is not happy with her decision.
- Season 6, Episode 10 “Paradise Lost” – Veronica and Svetlana get married without Kevin’s consent.
- Season 6, Episode 11 “Sleep No More” – Veronica and Svetlana’s Green Card marriage turns into an actual relationship after they have sex. Kevin agrees to having a polyamorous relationship.
- Season 7, Episode 4 “I Am a Storm” – Ian meets a charming activist named Trevor. Ian is interested in him and meets him out a club. While they’re dancing Ian finds out Trevor is trans and has a really ignorant reaction. Ian apologizes and they spend the rest of the night out together.
- Season 7, Episode 10 “Ride or Die” – Kevin and V end their polyamorous relationship with Svetana.
- Season 7, Episode 11 “Happily Ever After” – Ian ghosts on Trevor to run away with his ex-BF, first love and escaped convict, Mickey. When they get to the Mexico border, Ian changes his mind and says goodbye to Mickey as he crosses the border.
- Season 7, Episode 12 “Requiem for a Slut” – Ian confesses his encounter with Mickey to Trevor.
- Season 8, Episode 1 “We Become What We… Frank!” – Ian tries winning Trevor back with no success. Fiona becomes a landlord and meets one of her tenants, Nessa, a cute lesbian with a cranky girlfriend named Mel.
- Season 9 Episode 3 “Weirdo Gallagher Vortex” – Debbie starts hanging out with her new lesbian welder friend, Alex, the two of them make out.
There are 21 queer characters listed for this show; 1 is dead.