Good Luck Charlie will feature a ‘groundbreaking’ lesbian couple!

Cast of Good Luck Charlie

It’s not often we write about children’s programming on Unreality TV, but we’ve got some great news today: Disney are casting for a lesbian couple to appear in an episode of Good Luck Charlie.

According to TV Guide, the Duncans will take Charlie to a play date with a child from her playgroup. It’s only when Bob and Amy arrive at the playdate that they discover the child has two moms. It’ll be interesting to see how the show (and the characters) handle the relationship, although it’s only expected to be a one-off storyline since Good Luck Charlie is currently shooting its final season:

Producers are currently casting the couple, with production set for next week. The episode will air in early 2014 as part of Good Luck Charlie‘s final season. Because Good Luck Charlie is coming to a close, the characters are only expected to appear in this one episode.

It’s said that the two couples will hit it off initially, with one of the moms striking up a bond with Amy. Unfortunately, the other will have to listen to some of Bob’s less interesting stories. (Yes, my kids force me to watch the show!)

Apparently Disney will be treating the issue sensitively – since it’s a first for a Disney show, and is aimed at a young audience. TV Guide say that the plot involving the play date will be a minor part of the episode. A spokesperson for the Disney Channel said:

This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.

We’re fully supportive of LGBT rights here at Unreality TV, and it’s refreshing to see a children’s programme opening up to include gay characters. Obviously, their sexuality isn’t going to be at the forefront of the storyline (although it’s inevitable that some ultra-conservatives will try to claim it’s all a big gay plot to turn our children gay). This is a massive step toward inclusiveness and showing kids (and the adult viewers) that homosexual people are normal.

Normal. That seems like a weird thing to have to say. Whatever your particular sexual proclivities are, you don’t expect to be judged on them! We hope in the way that Modern Family and The New Normal portray gay couples are everyday people with everyday problems, a new generation will grow up less hostile to people who may or may not be different from them.

Well done, Disney Channel. We salute you.

by Gerard McGarry on June 20th, 2013

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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4 thoughts on “Good Luck Charlie will feature a ‘groundbreaking’ lesbian couple!

  1. labman57 says:

    Watch for the inevitable onslaught of indignation as right wing heads explode and Christian conservative pundits issue an ill-concieved, ultimately doomed call for a massive boycott of all Disney programming, videos, and theme parks.

  2. Charlie says:

    as a muslim, i am saddened that disney would choose to go down this path, and not uphold conservative values.

  3. hi says:

    i know it says it in the article, but it may influince some kids, i dont hate on gay people, but this is not a thing you want to go around showing young kids. i hope they keep it to a minimal, if they really have to show this kind of thing on a kid, or family program, if you want to watch a show about gay people, they should watch modern family or something, im sorry, but i disagree with this. Of course i will watch it, cuz i love this show, but it truly is saddening.

    1. I’m afraid I totally disagree. Kids programmes these days include people of different ethnicities, people with disabilities, and now hopefully people with different sexual orientations. This is important, because it teaches kids that there’s a wider world out there then they might see in their own communities, and it teaches them that the differences in people are okay and to be accepted.

      After all, they’re not promoting gay sex on the show, they’re merely showing that a gay partnership is a perfectly normal thing – nothing something to be reviled, sneered at or feared.

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