My Favorite Bi Characters in Drama TV

3/25/2018

Last time we talked crime and mystery solving bi characters. And now, for your debating pleasure, behold! Some of my favorite bi characters in drama TV.

 

Anna Taggaro One Tree Hill
When we talk bi characters we should be giving homage to one of the originals. Anna Taggaro joined season two of cultural phenomenon One Tree Hill as the first recurring bi character of color on TV. She even claimed her bisexuality explicitly, using the word bisexual. Her time on One Tree Hill may have been brief, but her existence paved the way for characters to come.

Brenna Carver Chasing Life
Characters like Brenna Carver, a high schooler who – nearly a decade later – named her bisexuality, and took on biphobia within the queer community as a member of her school’s LGBTQIA club. When confronted with bierasure from her grandparents, Carver didn’t let it slide because they’re from another generation—she took it head on. Like Taggaro, this baby bi’s journey ended before we got to see her blossom, but I like to think they’re both out there living their best lives in some other young one’s fanfic.

Blake Moran Madam Secretary
Blake Moran is a bi guy with excellent organizational skills and plenty of reasonable ties. Moran’s coming out as bi was endearing as hell. The addition of bi actor Sara Ramirez as (newly out as bi in the workplace!), Kat Sandoval has made Madam Secretary must see TV. Of course, it doesn’t hurt the cause that it also stars Téa Leoni.

Nova Bordelon Queen Sugar
Nova Bordelon is the heart of Queen Sugar. She lives her life with compassion, passion, and conviction. A certain Marvel show may have led its marketing with its second season dedication to all women directors, but Queen Sugar has been on that the entire run of the show. As I say in The Year 2017 in Bi TV the result is “one of the most beautiful, nuanced shows on television.”

Thirteen House
Dr. Remy Hadley seemed to propel forward with a sense of adventure and search for purpose from the moment she entered the classroom. (Spoiler ahead) May we all have our version of heading off into an island sunset with a beautiful, supportive romanti-friend.

Jenny Schecter The L Word
I know. I KNOW. But hear me out. I could write a whole essay on bierasure and the L Word, on the exclusions inherent in shows that are supposed to be for all of us. For now, I’ll say: Jenny Schecter was murdered. As in, she had the building blocks for a fantastic run. But her number was up the moment her character became a caricature, digging in to each and every bi trope that could be put to page and screen. Also I always liked Tina.

So I guess this is a subjective list of some of the best bi characters in drama tv—and one favored character that could have been. Bonus points for knowing the number of actors represented here who have portrayed more than one bi character on the small screen! You’ll be seeing more than one of them when we talk more favorite bi characters, coming soon.

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.

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