Favorite Bi Characters In Comedy

5/25/2018

Oh, you guys. You guys. This is the last in a series that snuggles my favorite bi characters into comfy little categories and it is so fitting because, *gasp *sniffle *sob, New Girl has come to an end. And along with it, so much sterling, casual queer representation. Including sexually fluid, main character Cece and recurring stand in for the lead, bi character Reagan. I go way more into detail in my Unicorn Scale review, but suffice it to say: these characters rocked, the bi representation was oh so good, and this show will be missed. My only consolation is they’ll be in my regular streaming rotation for as long as we both shall live (me, and streaming platforms hosting New Girl.) So let’s take one last dive into this 2018 genre’d bi character series and talk favorite bi characters of comedy and dramedy.

Reagan and Cece

Reagan Lucas and Cece Parekh New Girl

Of all the New Girl characters, Reagan and Cece had some of the most dynamic character developments of the series. Reagan opened up, Cece started a family, a business, and a career. One is bi, the other is fluid, both are funny and loveable and loved.

Lauren Heller Younger

Younger is always a highlight of the summer, as is the return of charming bi character Lauren. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing how she comes to confront in all of the ways we can be queer, especially those that are not the ones mainstream LGBT culture reveres.

David Rose Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s Creek has been flying under the radar but son David’s nonmonosexuality has been out there since season one. Thankfully network Pop believes in the show, co-created by and starring Eugene and Dan Levy (David Rose); it has been renewed for season five. David is frustrating and charming and has exquisite fashion taste (which he no doubt inherited from his mother, played by Catherine O’Hara.) Get thee to Netflix and binge this pansexual delight!

Nomi Segal grown-ish

Black-ish’s Freeform spin off grown-ish follows the Johnson family’s daughter Zooey to college. Her insta-friend group includes Nomi, the Jewish niece of the dean who names her bisexuality in the first episode. In the course of the first season Nomi tackles biphobia, both from within the queer community and within herself, with a confidence I wish I had back then. Let’s relive vicariously, shall we?

Brittany S. Pierce, Glee
Three words: Fondue for Two. Three more: double queer wedding. A beautiful arc from a genius, dancing unicorn.

Jane Kerkovich-Williams Happy Endings

Happy Endings should’ve stuck around for many more, with an exceptional ensemble that included Eliza Coupe. Jane Kerkovich-Williams is career-driven, monogamously married, anxiety-ridden, and intent on control. Coupe does double duty on this list, and the two roles are so very different.

Emmy Casual

In contrast, Coupe joined Casual as a recurring character with a much different vibe. Emmy goes with the flow, is polyamorous and unattached, and is more concerned with the present than the past or the future. If there is a common thread between the characters it just may be: both are good communicators, but what they have to say others might not want to hear. That sounded ominous! You should probably just watch both shows, you’ll see what I mean.

Kat Edison

Kat Edison The Bold Type

Kat dives in and thinks once she’s in the air, which serves her well in her social media role. Well, mostly. This summer delight is giving us more queer goodness—Kat’s paramour Adena El-Amin has been upped to series regular for season two.

Carol Rance Episodes

Let’s be honest, a bi character sleeping their way to the top is not a good look. But on a show where a main character sleeps with his best friend’s wife, and also his boss’s wife, you know, it’s kind of a wash. Carol hikes, she smokes pot, she juices, she gives questionable advice. She is my favorite character in a superb ensemble and I’m going to miss her. (Because the show was cancelled, don’t worry Carol’s fine.)

Where is Rosa Diaz, you ask? Well she’s here in my heart for always but also in My Favorite Crime and Mystery Solving Bi Characters. You’ll find Darryl Whitefeather and Veronica Fisher in my list of Favorite Bi Parent Characters. And many more in my list of favorite Sci Fi and Fantasy Bi’s and Drama Bi’s. This may be the last in this series for now, but I’m always up for talking queer characters. Find me on twitter @sbswrites.

SB Swartz
SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, queer family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. As a contributing writer for bi.org, SB created the Step Bi Step series for bi parents and originated the This Bi Life series showcasing bi community stories.

SB would very much like to talk to you about your pets, her pets, and the way you view the world. She's her favorite somebody's mama. And yes, she's #StillBisexual.

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