A show about four retired women, living together, it was always quite accepting of homosexuality.
The pilot episode featured a gay character named Coco (played by Charles Levin) who worked as a cook for the women, but the role was eliminated from the series before the beginning of the first season. But also Blanche’s brother was gay, and wanted to marry his boyfriend, and gave us this gem:
Blanche: There must be some homosexuals who date women’.
Sophia: Yeah—they’re called lesbians.
Oh those girls.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 2 Episode 5, “Isn’t It Romantic” – Jean, a lesbian friend of Dorothy falls in love with Rose. When Dorothy and Sophia tell Blanche, after initial disbelief, she’s not upset that Jean is gay; she’s more upset that Jean doesn’t find her attractive. “To think Jean would prefer Rose over me, that’s ridiculous!” huffs Blanche. When Jean professes her love, Rose isn’t disgusted; she is flattered by Jean’s feelings instead.
- Season 3, Episode 7, “Strange Bedfellows” – Blanche is caught up in a scandal with a politician who used to be a woman.
- Season 7, Episode 14, “Goodbye, Mr. Gordon” – Rose is promoted to producer on a local talk show and she needs help filling spots in her first episode. She asks Blanche and Dorothy to join the episode about women who live together. Turns out, the real title of the episode is called “Lesbian Lovers of Miami.”