One of my most popular posts from last year was my list of my favorite bisexual TV characters. (And I know it’s mostly because I included sexy pictures of those characters getting busy). However in 2014 there was an influx of clever and well-written bi characters on some really good shows. Some of them were even the lead. Not every one was the bad guy. Not every one was a cheater. Those seem to be the go-to clichés when it comes to bisexual characters. But there were some fairly well-written bisexual characters in 2014. My list would require an update.
The rules are the same as last time:
a) The character’s bisexuality has to be strongly implied or actually shown. (Fantasies included) So if they’re dating someone of the same-sex and then later they’re dating someone of the opposite sex or vice-versa then I label them as Bi.
b) The character must be on a good show (a show I like). And it must be current. (last time out I did a “best ever” list but since there are more Bi characters now than at any time in TV history, let’s just keep it current)
c) The actor or the character must be sexy. (Or at least I have think they’re sexy)
SPOILERS ALERT: There will be minor sexual spoilers throughout. Nothing big. But if I’m going to call the character bisexual then I have to explain the context by which I give them that label. It’s not always black and white.
The first one is a bit controversial. I know it’s a kids show. But if you saw how this last season ended then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Korra (The Avatar) from Avatar: The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
Voiced by Janet Varney
Korra is a bad-ass. And before you tell me cartoons can’t be sexy. Yes they can. Korra dated Mako early in the series but ends the series with Asami. It took me by surprise but it was a very cool twist.
Cynthia (The Cellist) from Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Prime)
Portrayed by Saffron Burrows
Cynthia is one of the main characters from the fantastic musical comedy drama series from Amazon Prime; Mozart in the Jungle. Throughout the series there’s much sexual tension between her and the other female lead but earlier in the first season during a fantasy sequence she admits to liking dating male musicians that let her bring other women into bed with them.
She’s very sexy (Saffron Burrows is hot) and she’s bisexual. It’s more than just implied.
Barbara Kean (The Spoiled Rich Girlfriend) from Gotham (FOX)
Portrayed by Erin Richards
Barbara Kean is the on again off again girlfriend of James Gordon. She has a relationship with a female cop and then she has a relationship with a male cop (I think she likes cops) and then she goes back to the first woman.
So she’s not the most faithful person. But I get the impression that she’s not just a little spoiled but a lot spoiled. However she is sexy as all hell. So she goes on the list.
Ethan Chandler (The Gunfighter) from Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Portrayed by Josh Hartnett
Ethan Chandler, from the very entertaining Penny Dreadful, is a gunfighter and a woman’s man who also has a night of passion with the wickedly sinful Dorian Grey.
Dorian is another bisexual on the show. So there are actually two sexy male bisexual characters on the show. But it is my personal opinion that Josh Hartnett is a bit hotter.
Frank Underwood (The Politician) from House of Cards (Netflix)
Portrayed by Kevin Spacey
Frank Underwood is devilishly evil and manipulative, but Kevin Spacey makes him sexy. House of Cards is a sexy political thriller.
Frank cheats on his wife (the beautiful Robin Wright), Has three-ways with his wife and his bodyguard and has had a college fling with another man. He’s bisexual. He’s hot. But I wouldn’t turn my back on him if I were you.
Sid (The best-friend) from Transparent (Amazon Prime)
Portrayed by Carrie Brownstein
The sensational Transparent has no shortage of LGBT characters. There is at least one character from every color of the LGBT rainbow but I am already in love with Carrie Brownstein. (She’s one of my favorite people and openly Bi in RL)
Her character, Sid, is in love with one character and sleeping with another (one male one female). I won’t give it away. If you haven’t seen Transparent, it is as good as they say (more on that in my next post)
Nolan Ross (The Hacker) from Revenge (ABC)
Portrayed by Gabriel Mann
I have made no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of the show Revenge and of the character of Nolan Ross. He is a very sexy and well-written character.
Though he has been a bit underutilized this season. Give that man his own spin-off.
Piper Chapman (The Smuggler) from Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Portrayed by Taylor Schilling
Piper is the very sexy inmate on the amazing Orange is the New Black. Not a lot of men in a woman’s prison, so most of her sex scenes are with the lovely Alex (Laura Prepon)
However, Piper starts the series engaged to a man. And affirms her attraction to men many times during the series. She is one of my favorite bisexual characters.
Bo Dennis (The Succubus) from Lost Girl (ShoCase)
Portrayed by Anna Silk
Lost Girl, the great Canadian fantasy adventure series in its last season, is one of my favorite imports. The story of a beautiful succubus trying not to be evil, even though she’s the daughter of demons and kills humans by extracting all of their sexual energy for food.
Men, women, werewolves, faeries, demons and all matter of mystical beings want a piece of her. And she does them all. Sounds complicated, but it’s a fun and sexy show. And also Anna Silk is insanely hot. (but I still miss Kensi)
Joe MacMillan (The Salesman) from Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
Portrayed by Lee Pace
My favorite bisexual character on TV at the moment is the wonderfully manipulative Joe MacMillan from the incredible show; Halt and Catch Fire. Lee Pace is outstanding.
His character is flawed but gorgeous. And he is my pick for the sexiest bisexual character on TV at the moment. Even if he isn’t the nicest guy.
So that’s the list.
I hope you enjoyed it. I’m very pleased that there’s more of a bisexual presence on TV now. And that they run the gambit from good guys to bad guys, from the cheaters to the faithful, from the sexually confused to the not-even-a-little-bit confused. And that many of the bisexual clichés that plagued poorly written Bi characters in the past have become a thing of the past. Nice work, Hollywood.