2017-2018 Year In Review

Covering the period from June 1 2017 – May 31 2018, our statistics team compiled a watch list of over 350 shows across broadcast, cable, premium, and streaming platforms. Using the same categories as the previous year, we’ve gathered some of the most relevant stats on the queer female TV characters for the season.

In comparing the stats with the previous year, we have found that there was an overall increase in the total characters on screen, with 258 counted last year and 280 for this one. The increase is notable amongst all platforms with the exception of Broadcast, which only went up by 1. Of those total characters, the most increase we saw was in the recurring character category, which was double the total of regular and guest combined. We’re looking forward to seeing if those recurring characters carry over into this current season or if they were one and done.

Other highlights: Netflix remains the network with the highest total character count, with ABC a very distant second. It’s also important to note that even though ABC is second with 30 total characters, only 5 are regulars, with the rest in a guest or recurring role.

POC queer female representation saw a sizeable increase, with the addition of 17 characters, bringing the total to 98. It’s definitely a step in the right direction, but again, that growth was amongst recurring and guest categories, as we saw a decrease in POC regulars from 39 to 36. While the drop is a minimal one, it’s a trend we need to keep an eye on as overall, we’re seeing more and more recurring characters but not as many regulars.

Overall, numbers were up in almost every category; however, it isn’t just about the amount of representation, it’s also about the quality. Having more characters in recurring and guest areas is good for visibility purposes, but those are primarily supporting roles. What we need to start seeing is more queer female regulars, leads, and co-leads. More three dimensional characters with stories that go beyond their sexuality. And in those aspects of representation, we are still sorely lacking.

If you’re interested in seeing the numbers from 2016-2017 vs 2017-2018, click on the button below. If not, keep scrolling to see the 2017-2018 full breakdown.

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All data was compiled by the LGBTFDB research staff, using streaming services, personal knowledge, articles, online fansites, and other various tools to collect and record data. Staff members compiled this data in good faith, and we attest to its accuracy to the best of our ability.  Because of the sheer number of television shows and characters, data collected and compiled might be subject to slight variations due to human error. Any such variations would be minimal, and would not materially affect the results and findings of the data in any significant way.

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