The Bisexual

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The Bisexual
GenreComedy, Drama
Created byDesiree Akhavan, Rowan Riley
Directed byDesiree Akhavan
StarringDesiree Akhavan
Maxine Peake
Brian Gleeson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Naomi De Pear
Producer(s)Katie Carpenter
Editor(s)Selina Macarthur
Running time30 minutes
Original networkChannel 4
Original release10 October 2018 (2018-10-10)

The Bisexual is a 2018 British television series on Channel 4 written and directed by Desiree Akhavan.[1] Akhavan named the show to explore her own discomfort with bisexuality as a label and identity, as well as the broader cultural attitude towards the term.[2]


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


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".[4] Lucy Mangan of The Guardian described the show as "neither funny nor dramatic", giving it only two stars out of five.[5]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [6]
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)


  1. ^ "The Bisexual Press Pack". Channel 4. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  2. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (2018-10-07). "From duplicitous villains to fleshed out characters: is TV finally getting bisexuality right?". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  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. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (2018-10-10). "The Bisexual review: What British comedy needs to break through the stereotypes and move forward". Independent. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ Mangan, Lucy (2018-10-10). "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.
  6. ^ "The Bisexual - Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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