Apple TV+ will debut a powerful, new five-part docu-series titled Visible: Out On Television on February 14 that will explore how the LGBTQ movement made its way onto the television landscape.
Executive produced by out actors Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, the documentary-series will feature archival footage as well as interviews with prominent players from the screen and LGBTQ movement.
Each hour-long episode will focus on a specific theme such as coming out in Hollywood, homophobia, invisibility and the evolution of LGBTQ characters on TV.
Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, and Asia Kate Dillon, Visible: Out On Television will also feature interviews with out actors and television personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Andy Cohen and more.
The trailer opens with DeGeneres explaining how she wanted to come out on her 1990s sitcom and the effect that had on so many lives: “It became bigger than any of us ever anticipated.”
“The earliest representations were always people to be mocked,” recalls Cooper.
Andy Cohen adds, “The truth is there was no LGBT presence on TV that I can remember.”
On the importance of seeing LGBTQ people on TV, iconic talk show queen Oprah Winfrey drops this: “When you see images that are reflective of your own life, it is a reminder that your own life matters.”
And Lena Waithe shares her empowering epiphany, “I didn’t realize that I was the revolution that I was waiting for.”
Visible: Out On Television premieres February 14 on Apple TV+.