Hey, GLAAD: 10 nominees for “Outstanding Drama Series” is too damn many!


We at Happy Nice Time People are thrilled that 83 TV dramas qualified for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for having regular LGBT characters–compared to just 17 dramas ten years ago. That’s awesome progress.

But TEN nominees for Outstanding Drama Series? That’s 12% of the total number of qualifying shows!

2015 Nominees for Outstanding Drama
Degrassi (TeenNick)
The Fosters (ABC Family)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Last Tango in Halifax (PBS)
Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Orphan Black (BBC America)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
Shameless (Showtime)

It’s even worse in the comedy category. Again there’s ten nominees… which is ONE-IN-FIVE of 52 shows that qualified… and more than the eight total comedy shows that qualified 10 years ago.

2015 Nominees for Outstanding Comedy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Faking It (MTV)
Glee (FOX)
Looking (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Please Like Me (Pivot)
Sirens (USA Network)
Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
Vicious (PBS)

On the other end of the spectrum, having only one nominee for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-series (HBO’s The Normal Heart) really takes the suspense out of it.

Okay, sure, the awards are much more about acknowledging the important contributions these shows are making to American culture as we move towards a more inclusive society rather than picking the one single gayest show on television. But come on, having 20 TV shows get nominated between the drama and comedy categories is too damn many.

Full list of nominees, including movies, journalism, and comic books, here.

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