How “Somebody Somewhere” Centers Queer Voices in Rural America

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By Sarah Baird As someone who was born and raised in Appalachian Kentucky, I have fairly low expectations when it comes to new shows about rural America. More often than not, they simply become a rehashing of tired, nuclear-family-focused sitcom tropes, or lean heavily into an ultra-macho glorification of rural America’s past that’s neither historically accurate nor worth glorifying. But roughly halfway through episode one of the new HBO dramedy Somebody Somewhere, I knew that the Manhattan, Kansas-based show was something completely different — and definitely not about to use any yawn-worthy …

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