First primetime TV lesbian kiss


The first primetime TV lesbian kiss between Michele Greene and Amanda Donohoe on L.A. Law in 1991. Image credit (Fair use claimed)

The first lesbian kiss on the USA during primetime television, was performed on February 7, 1991 by actresses Michele Greene and Amanda Donohoe, portraying the characters Abby Perkins and C. J. Lamb, in the episode of L.A. Law "He's a Crowd" .

The American Family Association called for advertiser to boycott the programme, and viewers to complain. Broadcaster NBC received only 85 phone calls on the night of the broadcast, half in support.


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