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  • Dark Angel
  • Author: (various)
  • Director: (various)
  • Producer: James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee and René Echevarria
  • Year: 2000
  • Country: US
  • 60 minutes

The series is set in the year 2020, in a post-nuclear Seattle, and follows the story of a genetically-enhanced young woman named Max (played by Jessica Alba) who escaped years ago with several others from a secret military institution called Manticore.

Ten years later, Max now lives in Seattle, where she works as a bike messenger and hangs out with a handful of friends including her lesbian best friend Original Cindy, and her love interest Logan Cale, a wheelchair-bound vigilante crusading for world peace.

Qvamp says:

One of the major characters, Original Cindy, is openly lesbian. Her sexuality is introduced early in the pilot episode when talking with her friend Max:

ORIGINAL CINDY: Now, why can't I find a girlfriend like that? Brings him lunch everyday...thoughtful, sweet...legs from here to there.
MAX: Straight.
ORIGINAL CINDY: Shame wasting a girl like that on a male.

Both Original Cindy and her (heterosexual) friends exhibit a comfort and candidness about her 'alternative' sexuality that is still rarely seen on television.

Queer characters appear in a few other episodes. In one episode Max's boss finds himself falling in love with a transsexual woman. In another we find out that a lizard-like mutant is gay.

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