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Samantha Korb – QNotes

Keeping warm during the winter

The Small Screen

We are only a few weeks into the new year and for all things queer in the media, particularly television, we have a bunch to rave about. MTV’s “The Real World” came back to its original purpose, a show that was meant to be about real people and their issues and not just drunken sex. …

The best and worst TV of 2008

The Small Screen - New Year Edition

In 2008, we saw the political landscape shift, but we also saw television have some of its best and worst representations of LGBT characters and storylines. From Rachel Maddow becoming the first out lesbian newscaster in U.S. history to the horrific storyline of Callie and Dr. Hahn on “Grey’s Anatomy” and everything in between, the …

GLB…T?

The Small Screen

Online Exclusive [Ed. Note — After a one column hiatus, Samantha Korb’s The Small Screen is back to its regularly scheduled boob-tube analysis.] In the mix of all things LGBT, something that I think is lost often from not only the political landscape of LGBT rights, but from queer television, are transgender individuals. Transgender men …

Queers on the hillside

The Small Screen

During my sophomore year of college a friend of mine told me to watch this show on Showtime called “Weeds.” At the time I was so busy that I couldn’t rent the show on DVD, but I took some time this summer to finally sit down and watch the show in its current entirety. To …

Maddow paving the way

The Small Screen

In this political season, Republicans and Democrats, right and left, and third party will become common words with which we are all familiar. But words we are not used to hearing in the same sentence are “lesbian,” “news” and “host.” Rachel Maddow has changed all of that. Air America talk show host and political commentator …

Margaret Cho’s the one we want

The Small Screen

Over the past 14 years, we have met a woman over and over who did not fit in a box, who defied stereotypes and who inspired us about as much as she made us laugh. This extraordinary woman is Margaret Cho, a comedic force to be reckoned with and much more. With style, grace and …

Slaying vampires and our hearts

The Small Screen

When I was 10, the WB premiered a new hit show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” As an avid fan of “Dawson’s Creek,” I thought I would give it a try and I soon became hooked. After watching the show through Season 2, I became disillusioned, disinterested and indifferent after the death of my favorite character, …

Braving the heat of summer

The Small Screen

As the days of summer come upon us, I know some of you will be going to various Pride events (Happy Pride Month!) and some of you will be traveling. But since a gallon of gas is more than my college tuition, it might be best to stay in, save money and stay cool. I …

The bisexual twist

The Small Screen

Being born in 1986, there was never a time in my life where MTV did not exist. Unlike my older relatives and friends, I don’t remember its debut — throughout my childhood, I grew up with specialty channel. I couldn’t wait for the new Mariah Carey video, the VMAs or the next episode of the …

More than entertained

The Small Screen

I know I’m fortunate to be in a generation where LGBTQ mediums are more accessible than in the past, but I am also critical of the images, the products and messages sent out through them. Like every favorite television show of mine, I have praises and criticisms of these shows; “The L Word” is no …