16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is iconic, but that doesn’t stop it from having some pretty serious issues. One big issue people have had with the show is the “bi-erasure” of Willow (Alyson Hannigan). The character dated several men before falling in love with Tara (Amber Benson). But once the two got together, her attraction to men was out the window as if it never existed. Shows tend to have an issue with bisexuality, unfortunately, and therefore tend to see sexuality as a dichotomy instead of a spectrum. Can we also talk about how every person of color that pops up on the show dies within a few episodes? Or how Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) losing her virginity *literally* almost causes the apocalypse?! Some of the most problematic TV shows are the ones you don’t expect!

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