Middlemarch: The Series is a brand new comedy/drama LGBTQ+ web series adaptation of George Eliot’s Middlemarch.
Middlemarch: The Series is a romantic web series following a group of students at Lowick College in the fictional town of Middlemarch, Connecticut. Based on George Eliot’s Victorian novel, the web series is a modern, gender-bent take on the classic in a vlog-style.
“It all begins in the fall of Dot Brooke’s sophomore year, when she decides to make a documentary about her life and the lives of her friends. Over the course of six months, the documentary expands to include an eccentric – and gender-bent – cast of characters, who are all just beginning to figure out who they are and what they want.”
The series was produced by a small group of Yale students over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year. It was produced by a one-person crew and a $1,000 budget. The series was created, written, directed, shot, and edited by Rebecca Shoptaw. Shoptaw also happens to be the director behind a number of award-winning short films, such as Sonnet 23 and Infinite Rose. The series stars Mia Fowler as Dot Brooke. Recently finished, the series is now airing on Youtube.
Shoptaw explains she created the series due to her “desire to get more positive LGBTQ representation on screen.” She then found that by gender-bending a number of characters, she could create a cast of LGBTQ+ characters who are both lovable and deeply ordinary. The characters in Middlemarch set out to change the world, and then have to figure out how to live in it. Ultimately, it’s a coming-of-age story in which the characters need to find out who they are and what they want.
So far, 26 episodes have been released. New episodes of Middlemarch: The Series come out every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM (EST). You can watch the official teaser trailer down below: