Please Like Me - Josh Thomas’ personalised comedy series - has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the annual GLAAD awards for the third year running.
Formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the now-broader-in-scope, LGBT-focused celebration is in its 27th year, continuing to celebrate the achievements of LGBT-folk in the media.
Back in the day, GLAAD awarded shows such as Roseanne and L.A. Law and even Melrose Place for intermittently addressing gay and lesbian themes. Now, not only lead characters, but entire shows are written from an LGBT perspective.
While Australia’s micro-industry couldn’t afford to keep Please Like Me on-air, Thomas’ nu-sitcom has drawn a growing cult following overseas thanks to the streaming service Pivot, and episodes regularly receive A-grades on the renowned critique site - The A.V. Club.
While many Aussies are no doubt feeling pangs of pride at the nomination, Thomas faces the stiffest of competition, up against global phenomenon Orange is the New Black (which won in 2014), and critical treasure Transparent (which won in 2015), along with Netflixnewcomers Master of None, Grace and Frankie and veteran nominee Modern Family.
Whatever the result, and whether or not Thomas’s comedic voice is music to your ears, the nod is well earned. Thomas’s success abroad shows budding Aussie creators that a show that ends up homeless can find overseas assistance.
Please Like Me’s devoted fans – those who feel represented and affirmed (or merely entertained) by his story world - are glad the show continues to gain recognition. Let’s see if GLAAD (please) likes Thomas enough to present him one of those sweet, sweet trophies.
Let’s look at it again:
For a full list of nominations, click here.