Visible: Out on Television on Apple TV+: Here’s how to tune in
This powerful docuseries explores the history of the American LGBTQ movement through the lens of television.
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Since its launch, streaming service Apple TV+ has focused on original productions meant to catch the eye of prestige TV enthusiasts. Visible: Out on Television is no exception.
This important docuseries, which premiered in February, takes a comprehensive look at LGBTQ representation on television, featuring an impressive line-up of narrators who are passionate about queer TV and have a lot to say about how the medium has shaped the American conscience.
Over the course of five episodes, Visible: Out on Television tackles important television milestones that were huge steps forward as far as LGBTQ representation is concerned. At the same time, the series doesn't shy away from showcasing heartbreaking moments that highlight just how far the medium has come in this regard and how much further we still need to go. Here's everything you need to know to tune in.
Visible: Out on Television release date
All five episodes of Visible: Out on Television came out on 14 February, so you can give the series a binge right now.
How to watch Visible: Out on Television
Visible: Out on Television is available to stream on Apple TV+ in all territories where the platform is available, including Australia.
What is Visible: Out on Television about?
The series explores themes like invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character and coming out in the television industry. Each episode focuses on a certain period in time, starting way back in the day and slowly bringing the narrative to the present. As far as structure is concerned, Visible: Out on Television combines archival footage with new, never-before-seen interviews with important names in the industry.
Viewers can learn more about the early, damaging portrayal of LGBTQ characters as sexual deviants and how that portrayal evolved into more positive representation throughout the years. The series covers the Stonewall riots, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and recent breakthroughs, from Ellen DeGeneres coming out to the wider inclusivity in television today.
Who stars in Visible: Out on Television?
There are plenty of faces you'll recognise if you tune in. The docuseries features interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, to name a few. Visible: Out on Television is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe.
Is Visible: Out on Television any good?
Yes. The series is comprehensive, compelling, moving and necessary. All the people interviewed bring something to the table, whether that means sharing their own experience working in television or offering relevant media analysis.
The series has also been received with wide acclaim. It currently has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics describing it as "powerfully outspoken" and "vital viewing".
Finally, the behind-the-scenes talent is impressive. Visible: Out on Television comes from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, with Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz acting as executive producers.
Apple TV+ details
Apple TV+ offers an excellent line-up of original productions, including acclaimed series like Morning Wars (The Morning Show), M Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Servant and anthology Little America.
Movies and kids' content are also available on the platform. Subscriptions to Apple TV+ in Australia cost $7.99 with a 1-week free trial. Check out our list of Apple TV+ shows and movies to see if the service is right for you.
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