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20 Same-Sex TV Couples That Paved The Way For Choni On Riverdale

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Patty & Marilyn (HeartBeat)

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You probably haven’t heard of HeartBeat, a two-season 1988 medical drama that’s been completely overshadowed by series like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, but TV historians know it as the first American television show with a lesbian lead. Marilyn and her partner, Patty, were included with little fanfare surrounding their sexuality, but that was less of an attempt to normalize LGBTQ couples and more of a symptom of the network not allowing the couple to be affectionate with each other. They weren’t even allowed to touch.

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