10 Standout Logo TV Series From the LGBTQ+ Network’s First 15 Years
Logo TV seems devoted to sitcom reruns these days, but during its heyday, the cable channel represented one of the only places where LGBTQ+ viewers could see themselves reflected on the small screen.
MTV Networks, now a part of ViacomCBS, launched Logo TV on June 30, 2005. “The criteria is to feature gay characters in primary or leading roles and not in the gimmicky or usual collection of depressed characters, comic-relief best friends or serial killers,” David Bittler, then vice president of communication for MTV Networks, said at the time.
Over the next decade and a half, Logo TV worked toward that goal through groundbreaking original programming such as Noah’s Arc, Transamerican Love Story, and—of course—RuPaul’s Drag Race.
With any luck, Logo TV will return to its raison d’être and produce original, LGBTQ-inclusive programming again. But in the meantime, scroll down to read about 10 shows that helped define the channel over the last 15 years.
The A-List: New York
Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, fashion photographer Mike Ruiz, and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Austin Armacost ranked among the cast members of this 2010 Real Housewives-like reality show, which was succeeded by The A-List: Dallas.
Logo not only syndicated episodes of this BAFTA-winning sitcom—which starred Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as a pair of boozy fashion execs—but also co-produced the series’ 20th-anniversary reunion episodes.
The Big Gay Sketch Show
Exes and Ohs
Before she was a writer and executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery, Michelle Paradise created and starred in this 2007 comedy about a failing documentary filmmaker fantasizing about finding Mrs. Right.
Robert Sepúlveda Jr. and Eric Leonardo didn’t find lasting love on this 2016 Bachelor clone, but the show did mark one of television’s few gay dating competitions.
The cast of Logo’s first scripted series—a 2005 comedy-drama centering on queer men of color—recently reunited for a web episode titled Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles.
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World
Though Viacom moved this show to VH1 in 2017, this drag competition is Logo’s biggest claim to fame—especially with its back-to-back Emmy wins for host RuPaul Charles and the show itself.
Sordid Lives: The Series
Transamerican Love Story
Suitors vied for the affection of Calpernia Addams, a transgender woman, in this first-of-its-kind 2008 dating competition, which won a GLAAD Media Award for Oustanding Reality Program.