Heartstopper- The Series We’ve Been Waiting For

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It’s super difficult to find really good shows that have a main focus on the queer experience. It can be even harder to find one made for younger audiences. Netflix has, however, recently come out with a new show that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 

Based on a webcomic and graphic novel of the same name, and written by Alice Oseman, Netflix’s Heartstopper is an unforgettably wholesome romance story, with its main focus on two highschool boys; Charlie, played by Joe Locke, and Nick, played by Kit Connor, who also played young Elton John in the movie Rocketman. In each episode, the two characters learn more and more about each other and themselves, and their relationship blossoms.

 

This series is great because, not only does feature representation for gay men, but also bisexuals, lesbians, and even transgender people. While, of course, this is not the full spectrum when it comes to being queer, this show still covers quite a bit more than most.

 

It’s important to have these topics brought up on television so that they can become normalized. There are still so many people out there who think being queer is a strange, made-up, or exaggerated thing. But if we can show people that these experiences are normal, common, and even beautiful, we can make the world a better place. Heartstopper really does a good job at showing that LGBTQ+ people are real people and what it can actually be like.

 

This show is rated TV-14, and it does not feature any explicit sex. I would say the most mature content in this show is some kissing/making out. It’s really nice to not have all the extreme drugs, sex, and incessant cussing, as it just feels way more realistic. Besides one particular bully character with sub-par acting, the show is super sweet and well-put together.

You should watch this show if you need a break from your traditional, dramatic romance shows and queer documentaries. Heartstopper is definitely a refreshing new series that you won’t want to miss if you need some cute, uncomplicated LGBTQ+ romance.