Must-See LGBTQ TV: 'Black Lightning' series premiere, return of 'Grace and Frankie' and more!

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights LGBTQ on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBTQ-inclusive programming on TV.

The newest superhero show from the CW, Black Lighting, has its premiere on Tuesday. The show follows Jefferson Pierce (aka Black Lightning), a retired superhero who is drawn back into fighting injustice. Also playing a significant role in the show is his daughter Anissa (aka Thunder), a teacher, lesbian, and crime fighting superhero. Having a queer woman of color as an action hero is a much needed step forward in this genre. The show also plans to introduce Grace Choi, a bisexual bartender with super strength, as a romantic interest for Anissa. Black Lightning: Tuesday, 8pm on The CW. 

The newest installment in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, premieres on Wednesday night. The limited series tells the story of the murder of Versace in reverse order, starting with his death and then showing the events that led up to it. The impressive cast boasts Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace, Darren Criss as the killer Andrew Cunanan, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin as Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Wednesday, 10pm on FX.

Season four of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie will be released this Friday. The comedy continues to follow the titular Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin), whose friendship continues to flourish after their husbands left them for each other. The two ex-husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson), are now married and exploring their relationship this season as the trailer sees them in couples counseling and trying new things. Grace and Frankie: Friday, on Netflix. 

On Friday, PBS will air a documentary in their American Masters series, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Hearts, which tells the extraordinary story of Hansberry, known for being the playwright of the iconic A Raisin in the Sun. The documentary explores many parts of Hansberry’s life including her writing, her upbringing in the South Side of Chicago, her work with the Civil Rights movement, and the romantic relationships she had with women. American Masters – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Seeing Hearts: Friday, 9pm on PBS. 

Sunday, January 14th: Madam Secretary (10pm, CBS); Shameless (9pm, Showtime); The Chi (10pm, Showtime)

Monday: Supergirl (8pm, The CW); Andi Mack (8pm, Disney Channel); NAACP Image Awards (9pm, TV One)

Tuesday: Ellen’s Game of Games (8pm, NBC); The Fosters (8pm, Freeform); Black Lightning (9pm, The CW); This Is Us (9pm, NBC); Fresh Off the Boat (8:30pm, ABC); LA to Vegas (9pm, FOX); I Am Jazz (10pm, TLC)

Wednesday: The Amazing Race (8pm, CBS); Riverdale (8pm, The CW); grown-ish (8pm, Freeform); Modern Family (9pm, ABC); Dynasty (9pm, The CW); The Magicians (9pm, SyFy); American Housewife (9:30pm, ABC); The Assassination Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (10pm, FX)

Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy (8pm, ABC); Superstore (8pm, NBC); Beyond (Freeform); Scandal (9pm, ABC); Will & Grace (9pm, NBC); Nashville (9pm, CMT); How to Get Away With Murder (10pm, ABC)

Friday: Grace and Frankie (Netflix); American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Hearts (9pm, PBS)