The Peculiar Kind

The Peculiar Kind is an American web docu-series produced by Alexis Casson and Mursi Layne. The series features interviews with lesbian and queer women of color living in Brooklyn, New York. The series ran for two season, and the first episode premiered online in February 2012. The final episode aired in November 2013. The Peculiar Kind was recommended by outlets such as HuffPost, Bitch, and AfterEllen.[1][2][3]

The Peculiar Kind
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Created byAlexis Casson
Mursi Layne
Directed by
  • Alexis Casson
  • Mursi Layne
  • Caneisha Haynes
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
ProducersAlexis Casson
Mursi Layne
Production locationsBrooklyn, New York
Original releaseFebruary 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) –
November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)


The Peculiar Kind (TPK) is a web series that consists of interviews with queer women of color on topics such as safe sex, gender roles among queer women, and polyamory.[1][4] The women interviewed were residents of Brooklyn, New York. The interview footage is mixed in with news segments, group conversations, and footage of the interviewees in the city.[1][2]



TPK was developed and produced by Alexis Casson and Mursi Layne, Black lesbian creative partners of The Architects art collective.[1] They aimed to create a series that was candid, enjoyable to watch, and "that didn’t have the stereotypical docu-series dynamic or the drama filled, overtly degrading aspect of female driven reality television."[6] The series' name was selected to be ironic, to indicate to the viewers that LGBTQ people are not unusual.[1] Casson, Layne, and Caneisha Haynes directed the series.[7]

TPK premiered online in February 2012.[6]


Season 1 (2012)[5]Edit

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Morning After"February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)
22"The Abstract"March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)
32.5"For Hire"April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)
43"Where I'm From"May 21, 2012 (2012-05-21)
54"Pillow Talk"July 20, 2012 (2012-07-20)
65"Queers in the Media"August 23, 2012 (2012-08-23)
75.5"Artist Spotlight"August 23, 2012 (2012-08-23)
Featuring Syd tha Kyd, THEESatisfaction, Ayo Leilani, Siaira Shawn, Alexa Hall[8]

Season 2 (2013)[9]Edit

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
81"By Definition"March 2, 2013 (2013-03-02)[10]
92"'Modern' Family"June 20, 2013 (2013-06-20)
103"LGBT Homeless Youth"November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)

Critical receptionEdit

Phoenix of Autostraddle wrote in a review: "What’s maybe the coolest part about this series is that it speaks directly to traditionally marginalized communities without tokenizing its cast members. They’re each totally free to – and totally comfortable with – expressing themselves and their character, and it many ways, that is a radical act in itself."[6]

The series was recommended by HuffPost,[10] For Harriet,[8] Bitch,[11] AfterEllen,[3] and MetroSource.[12]

The episode "LGBT Homeless Youth" was a finalist for the 2014 Media for a Just Society Awards presented by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.[13]


In November 2012, the series was released as a documentary called The Peculiar Kind: The Doc with clips from the web series and some original footage.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e Loren, Arielle (2016-07-22). "[WATCH] The Peculiar Kind:Women of Color Telling Their Own Stories". EBONY. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c Day, Faithe (2018-07-03). "Between butch/femme: On the performance of race, gender, and sexuality in a YouTube web series". Journal of Lesbian Studies. 22 (3): 267–281. doi:10.1080/10894160.2018.1383800. ISSN 1089-4160. PMID 29173083.
  3. ^ a b Bendix, Trish (2015-12-16). "8 Web Series By and About Black Lesbians". AfterEllen. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ I confess! : constructing the sexual self in internet age. Waugh, Thomas, 1948-, Arroyo, Brandon, 1982-. Montreal. ISBN 0-2280-0064-5. OCLC 1105199061.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace, Vincent, 1948-. Internet lesbian and gay television series, 1996-2014. Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 978-1-4766-2126-5. OCLC 910159335.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b c d e Phoenix (2012-03-01). "The Peculiar Kind: Queer Women of Color Represent!". Autostraddle. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Kang, Nancy (2016-04-02). "Audre's daughter: Black lesbian steganography in Dee Rees' Pariah and Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name". Journal of Lesbian Studies. 20 (2): 266–297. doi:10.1080/10894160.2015.1062972. ISSN 1089-4160. PMID 26914826.
  8. ^ a b Boom, Kesiena. "6 Brilliant Web Series Featuring Queer Black Women". For Harriet | Celebrating the Fullness of Black Womanhood. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b Bent, Gender (2012-09-21). "The Peculiar Kind is going on a College tour!". AFROPUNK. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ a b Morgan, Glennisha (2013-03-19). "Popular Web Series Tackles Stigmas Of Bisexuality". HuffPost. Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "On Our Radar: Queers of Color in Media, Todd Akin's Stupidity, and Amy Poehler's New PSA". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  12. ^ Moreno, Lauren (2019-06-24). "These Are The Best 24 Lesbian Web Series". Retrieved 2020-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ National Council on Crime & Delinquency. "2014 MEDIA FOR A JUST SOCIETY AWARDS FINALISTS" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-07-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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