The Bisexual
GenreComedy drama
Created by
Directed byDesiree Akhavan
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producerNaomi De Pear
ProducerKatie Carpenter
EditorSelina Macarthur
Running time27–30 minutes
Original network
Original release10 October (2018-10-10) –
14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)

The Bisexual is a comedy-drama television series created by Desiree Akhavan and Rowan Riley and starring Akhavan, Maxine Peake, and Brian Gleeson. The series, a co-production between British television network Channel 4 and American streaming service Hulu, debuted on 10 October 2018 in the United Kingdom and on 16 November 2018 in the United States.[1][2]


Leila takes a break from her decade-long relationship with her partner Sadie and begins to explore her own bisexuality, though she struggles to come out to her friends.[3]

Cast and characters


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [4]
1"Episode 1"Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele10 October 2018 (2018-10-10)
2"Episode 2"Desiree AkhavanRowan Riley & Cecilia Frugiuele17 October 2018 (2018-10-17)
3"Episode 3"Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele24 October 2018 (2018-10-24)
4"Episode 4"Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)
5"Episode 5"Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele7 November 2018 (2018-11-07)
6"Episode 6"Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)


The Bisexual has an approval rating of 90 per cent on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 30 reviews.[5] Heather Hogan at Autostraddle called the show "brilliant", adding that, "Akhavan's characters absolutely do not always do or say The Right Thing, but her writing is overflowing with compassion".[6] Clarisse Loughrey at The Independent gave the show four stars out of five, opining that the show is "what British comedy needs to break through the stereotypes and move forward".[7] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian described the show as "neither funny nor dramatic", giving it only two stars out of five.[8]

In February 2023, TIME named The Bisexual as one of the Best TV Rom-Coms of the Streaming Era.[9]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Molli (3 October 2018). "The Bisexual on Channel 4 air date, cast, trailer, plot: When does the series start?". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. ^ Stanford, Eleanor (13 November 2018). "In 'The Bisexual,' Desiree Akhavan Grapples With All Kinds of Sexuality". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ "When does The Bisexual air on Channel 4, and who's in the cast? Everything you need to know about the new comedy drama". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The Bisexual - Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ "THE BISEXUAL: SEASON 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  6. ^ Hogan, Heather (15 November 2018). "Hulu's "The Bisexual" is Here to Make Every Queer A Little Uncomfortable". Autostraddle. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (10 October 2018). "The Bisexual review: What British comedy needs to break through the stereotypes and move forward". Independent. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  8. ^ Mangan, Lucy (10 October 2018). "The Bisexual review – a comedy drama that is neither funny nor dramatic 2 / 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ Berman, Judy; Dockterman, Eliana. "The Best TV Rom-Coms of the Streaming Era".