Supergirl (TV series)

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Title Supergirl
Network The CW
Premiere October 26, 2015
Purchase Available on Amazon

Supergirl is an American television series based on the DC Comics character of Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl.

LGBT Representation

May contain spoilers

In season two, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Kara's adopted sister, developed feelings for her friend Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), a lesbian detective. The storyline earned praise from LGBT fans and critics for its sensitive handling of Alex's Coming Out scene.

In response to concerns that Alex, Maggie, or both might fall prey to the Bury Your Gays trope that has afflicted other CW shows such as The 100 and The Vampire Diaries in 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported on November 7, 2016 that:

The decision to add a lesbian character to Supergirl comes not long after several TV shows were criticized for killing off prominent lesbian characters — a controversial trend that became known as the "Bury Your Gays" trope. 

However, [executive producer Andrew Kreisberg] says that hasn't factored into Alex's narrative. "Well, they're not dying, either of them, so we're not really thinking about that right now," he says.

While Kreisberg admits he didn't know about the term "Bury Your Gays," he promises that producers made sure to "try to be as truthful and real as possible" when it comes to writing Alex's coming out story.

"Especially on a show like Supergirl where there are so many fantastical elements, we try to make sure that the emotions are as real and true to life as possible," Kreisberg says. "That's just the same litmus test that we apply to Alex's coming out story. We just wanted to make sure we were telling the story in as respectful, educational, entertaining and thoughtful way as we could." [1]

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