TV Shows With The Queerbaiting Trope (


You’d think they’re queer, but they’re not. Basically every TV show that does a wink-wink at the audience about how their characters might be gay, but never actually go there, and play it up at cons and the like. Rizzoli & Isles, we see you.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. skull-crossbones

Someone gave Joss another television show. This time about super powered young women… wait…

Airdates: 2013 - current

Anne with an E

A girl is determined to be happy, no matter what life throws at her.

Network: ,
Airdates: 2017 - current

Criminal Minds warning

Delving into criminal minds, and all their serial killer creepiness, on primetime.

Airdates: 2005 - current

Glee star

Gay teenagers in Ohio in a show choir sounded like the best idea for a show ever. Singing, dancing, and epic lesbian disappointment.

Airdates: 2009 - 2015

Law & Order: SVU warning skull-crossbones

In criminal justice, there are crimes that pretty much freak out everyone. These are their stories.

Airdates: 1999 - current

Melrose Place (2009)

Sexy young adults struggling for money in an expensive zip code? Sure. Why not.

Airdates: 2009 - 2010


Blah blah heroes blah blah gods blah blah bisexual seductress.

Airdates: 2015

Once Upon a Time

So Emma has a son she gave up. Henry was adopted by the evil queen, Regina. He’s the grandson of Rumplestiltksin, who’s also the son of Peter Pan. And that’s not even getting too deep into this one.

Airdates: 2011 - 2018

Rizzoli & Isles skull-crossbones

The gayest non-gay show out there since Xena.

Airdates: 2010 - 2016

The Fosters

Teri Polo and Sherri Saum play Stef and Lena Foster, just two regular lesbians trying to raise five children in Southern California. If only those kids would stop having shenanigans!

Network: ,
Airdates: 2013 - 2019

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles skull-crossbones

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Airdates: 2015