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Abbi Jacobson's A League of Their Own First Look Is a Gift to Lesbians, Bi Women

D’Arcy Carden and Abbi Jacobson

The anticipated series A League of Their Own from queer creator and star Abbi Jacobson finally has a date for its premiere on Amazon Prime and an electric teaser trailer to go with it.

Borrowing its premise and name from the beloved Penny Marshall film that starred Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna as baseball players in the all-women’s league that sprouted up while men were away in World War II, the very queer series goes where viewers wish the movie could have gone. The show, created by Broad City’s Jacobson and Will Graham, features several queer characters, including a Black transgender character who shows up partway into the series. In another departure from the movie, the series tells parallel stories about the white women baseball players who’ve won coveted slots in the women’s league on teams like the Rockford Peaches while Chanté Adams’s ringer of a pitcher, Max Chapman, is shut out and forced navigates landing a spot playing with the Black male league.

Costarring with Jacobson (Carson Shaw) is out actor Roberta Colindrez of Vida and Fun Home fame as Lupe; and D’Arcy Carden, known for The Good Place, Broad City, and Barry; Search Party’s Kate Berlant as Shirley; and Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman as their coach. Meanwhile, O’Donnell returns to the League of Their Own world as Vi, a character whose role in the series is under wraps for now.

The series, with all of its women-loving-women representation, is a gift to lesbians back in the day who craved overt romances between the women in the film. It’s also a love letter to the actual lesbians in the league, like Terry Donahue, whose story was told in the documentary A Secret Love.

A League of Their Own premieres on Amazon Prime August 12. Watch the teaser below.

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