TV Shows That Broke Norms & Defied Stereotypes

TV shows have been a great way to see what life was like in the past and lead it in a new way. Audiences love characters who break norms and defied stereotypes and many TV shows have gained massive popularity out of it. It is always fun to watch, how  TV shows tend to bring a change in society.

Ever since the evolution of TV shows, audiences no longer need to settle for dated narratives for ourselves and our children. Makers were hesitant to take steps toward breaking the norms. But with modern thinking, TV shows worked as a mirror for society and being a voice for the voiceless.

Dawson Creek

Characters of Dawson Creek
Dawson Creek had first gay kiss on TV Show

In 2000, actor Kerr Smith made history when he was a part of a TV show’s first gay kiss. This Hollywood romance certainly opened doors and paved the way for LGBTQ+ representation on the TV screen, and also broke the stereotype of males and females loving each other on-screen.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn 99 had captain holt as gay police officer
Brooklyn 99 was the first TV show to have a gay police officer.

Captain Holt is probably the first black, gay police officer who openly describes the struggles he faced during the show. Holt dismantles the patriarchy by embodying the traits of a powerful, professional man while caring deeply about his community, and making strides to better the lives of those marginalized in his profession.

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The cast of Pose
Pose was the first TV show to have major characters from the LGBTQ community

The world was shocked when they saw a cast mostly of trans people! This Ryan Murphy’s new show will go down in television history for assembling the largest cast of transgender actors ever to appear on a TV show.


Glow dives even deeper into the lives of wrestling divas.

This movie sheds a light on the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization. Set in the showbiz boondocks of 1985, it was a feminist fireworks display. Women had all spandexes stunt work and personalities shiny enough for trading cards.

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Luke Cage

Luke Cage
Marvel’s Luke Cage

This Marvel superhero is a little different than we’re used to. It is about a bulletproof black man in a hoodie, which alludes to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and other social issues. With an all-black cast, this show is heavy on racial and political commentary. For the music lovers among us, the soundtrack of the show captures the culture and atmosphere of Harlem in an amazing way.

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Sense8 shows individuals from different cultures and parts of the world together.

This science-fiction show follows eight people from across the world. White, black, Mexican, Chinese, gay, straight, everyone will find someone to relate to. The characters attempt to discover the meaning of their unique connection. A shadowy organization commandeered by an elusive figure known as Whispers aims to hunt them down through the show.

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