'Desperate Housewives' and TV's girl-girl kissing legacy
Reports online say that Teri Hatcher's character, Susan, will be kissing another woman in the near future. There's no word on who the kissee will be, but our money's on Julie Benz's stripper character, Robin, who begins a guest arc on Sunday's (Jan. 31) episode.
As you may recall, Susan also shared a smooch with Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) last season -- after sending a message she didn't intend to send to her lesbian boss (played by Swoosie Kurtz). Or perhaps you didn't. Both kisses were played as comedy, and neither was especially memorable.
Will the show do it better this time around? Time will tell. In the meantime, we offer up a few other iconic woman-to-woman kisses in TV history.
In an episode aptly titled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Roseanne and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) go to a gay bar with their friend Nancy (Sandra Bernhard) and Nancy's girlfriend, Sharon (Mariel Hemingway). Sharon kisses Roseanne -- which weirds her out and has her wondering whether she's as progressive as she really thinks she is.
Several months before Ellen DeGeneres came out in print and on television, this short-lived ABC drama showed what's considered one of the first "real" lesbian kisses on television -- that is, a romantic kiss between two lesbian characters, not one that was played for shock value or laughs. Lisa Edelstein's character, Rhonda, finds herself in an earthquake simulator while on a date with Suzanne (Kristin Dattilo), and they share an intimate moment. The symbolism may be a little heavy-handed, but it was something of a watershed moment for the depiction of gay characters on TV.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer," 1999-2002
The relationship between Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) was arguably the emotional heart of "Buffy" in the two-plus seasons the characters were together. To its credit, the show never played their relationship -- including the numerous kisses and other romantic moments -- for titillation. It was just a loving, stable relationship -- and one that inspired scores of fan mashups on YouTube.
"Xena: Warrior Princess," 2001
"Xena" had included winking references to the sapphic relationship between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) for much of its run, and the characters had kissed numerous times before the 2001 series finale (to the delight of both the show's gay fans and fantasizing fanboys). The series finale, though, pretty well put to rest any questions about their sexuality with a very tender, romantic kiss.
MTV Video Music Awards, 2003
It was brief, it was intended to shock, and frankly it didn't really do a whole heck of a lot for us. But the smooch shared by Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 VMAs had people talking for days afterward, so we'd be remiss not to include it here.
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