• Mon. May 27th, 2024

Rizzoli and Isles female cop drama and lesbian subtext

Rizzoli and Isles lesbian subtext

Been catching up with a little “Rizzoli and Isles” a cop / coroner show starring Angie Harmon as Detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Dr. Maura Isles. These two are pals in the show and the tagline sums things up nicely “Two different jobs. One killer team.”

I’m only a couple of episodes in at the moment and a few things have stood out. Firstly, Rizzoli and Isles is a good show. The banter between the characters and general character dialogue, particularly the dorkalicious Sasha Alexander with her socially inept manner is at times inspired. Oh and let’s mention the lesbian subtext as well, Xena and Gabrielle eat your hearts out!

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Sadly though Rizzoli and Isles can’t manage to pull itself free of the Hollywood stereotype of the 30 something working woman, in desperate need of male attention, which is a shame as the show would actually be better if this wasn’t made a point in each episode thus far.

Great stuff still however and who doesn’t love the casting of Lorraine Bracco as the Bostonian mom of Rizzoli… brilliant.

The Lesbian Subtext

Anyone watching Rizzoli & Isles should pick up on the overall chemistry between the two women. Despite both characters being noted as straight within the context of character background and script, the subtext laden longing looks, care, glances, hand holding and general closeness of the pair all point to something else.

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Due to the lesbian subtext of Rizzoli & Isles, some fans of the show have started writing fanfic in which the pair are an item, there is also loads of fan made lesbian subtext videos littering YouTube (one of which you can see below).

Australian release date for Rizzoli and Isles TBA

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8 thoughts on “Rizzoli and Isles female cop drama and lesbian subtext”
  1. I am madly in love with Isles. She is such an awesome character and played so perfectly by Sasha Alexander.

    I love that Rizzoli & Isles is the gayest non-gay show ever. The fact that Angie Harmon is such a republican with all that gay subtext just makes me smile inside.

    Hope it gets a second season!

  2. The lesbian subtext in Rizzoli & Isles is brilliant. Even the looks they give one another could be said to have lesbian subtext. I wrote a paper on gay and lesbian subtext and used Rizzoli & Isles as the cruz of my argument. As far as lesbian subtext goes Rizzoli & Isles is right up there with Xena Warrior Princess.

  3. The show will get a secound seson but if they go by the book Tess gerritsen wrote its either ‘the apprentace’ or ‘the sinner’ where jane and gabriel dean get together. and in ‘vanish’ the have a kid together. also in i think ‘the sinner ‘ maura gets together with the priest. sorry for the spoliers for those who have not read the books yet.

  4. Rizolli & Isles has so much lesbian subtext it’s unreal. When they’re looking into each others eyes, total lesbian subtext because Jane and Maura always go over the regular stare length (this is a tried and tested lesbian subtext tool used in Xena as well). When they’re on the bed together I almost die.

    Bring on more lesbian subtext in Rizolli & Isles season 2.

  5. July 11 is when Rizzoli and Isles is back! Apparently Jane is going to have a love interest this season, I think that’s kind of lame. I am straight but I love the gay subtext between Jane and Maura, it’s so funny and kind of sweet. I think having a man enter into their ‘thing’ will be strange and change the show, not necessarily for the better. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and the Cagney and Lacey of a new generation.


  6. Have you been watching season 2 of Rizzoli & Isles? WTF man!? If you haven’t yet don’t get too excited, EVERY episode (no kiddin) Maura and or Jane are talking about how much they need a man. It’s like watching Sex and the City instead of the cool show it was. I hate these shows with the women who are ‘less than whole’ because they don’t have a man. The lesbian subtext was cool because you know they are the perfect couple, even though you know they’re straight.

    Season 2 Rizzoli & Isles stupid, just stupid.

    1. I have been watching the second season and I have to agree with you about the ‘man’ thing, it is definitely getting tired fast. I don’t really understand why the writers have done this, we know they’re not gay, we don’t need Jane and Maura making out like they’re deprived because they don’t have a man. The fact they never used to do that is what made this show so great… well, that and the subtext obviously ;p

  7. okay, you asked for it. Here is it. We have an online petition for our fav girls to get together: It can be found here:

    also we have a facebook site, please join there also http://www.facebook.com/groups/155828734494521/

    …and please spread the word. I will also make a Video for Youtube to let them all know. So please help me spread the word, sign the petition, join the group…do whatever you can…by the end of the year I will send a letter to TNT or an e-mail. If you want to help me in any way, you are more then welcome. Please contact me under

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