Films, TV, & Documentaries

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Documentaries, films, TV, streaming, and web series about people with disabilities and disability issues that could be used in higher education courses
(Most of these are available through streaming, online links or as DVDs. Disability or issue is listed in parentheses. Also listed are links to its website or Disability Studies analyses of it. You can find films specifically about intellectual disabilities through the Sprout Film Festival here: http://sproutflix.org/. Please contact me if you have additions or links for the list: bhaller@towson.edu)
Documentaries
Narrative Films (This is not a list of films that are all positive portrayals. Sometimes bad disability films spark good discussion. Unless otherwise noted most disabled people are played by nondisabled actors)
Scripted TV (shows that employ disabled actors are in bold)
  • 3% on Netflix (wheelchair user)
  • AJ and the Queen on Netflix (blindness)
  • American Horror Story (Down syndrome, physical disability)
  • Atypical on Netflix (autism)
  • Bojack Horseman (mental illness)
  • Boston Legal (Little person; autism)
  • Breaking Bad (CP; cancer)
  • CSI (Amputee; hearing loss) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/921/1096
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (mental illness)
  • Daredevil on Netflix (blindness)
  • Deadwood (CP) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/593/770
  • Empire (mental illness)
  • Everything’s gonna be okay (autistic character played by autistic actor)
  • Family Guy (Wheelchair user)
  • Friday Night Lights (Wheelchair user)
  • Game of Thrones (Little person, mobility impairment, amputee)
  • Girls (OCD)
  • Glee (Down syndrome; wheelchair use) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1354
  • The Good Doctor (autism)
  • Growing Up Fisher (Blindness)
  • The Healing Powers of Dude on Netflix (Social anxiety; wheelchair user)
  • Heroes (Wheelchair use)
  • House (Cane use; substance abuse) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1583/1549
  • In the Dark (Main blind character played by a sighted actor. Blind actor plays a supporting character who is a blind teen)
  • The Inspectors (Wheelchair use) http://www.newmobility.com/2015/11/the-inspectors/
  • Ironside (Wheelchair use)
  • Jericho (Deaf person) http://www.meryl.net/ci/archives/004780.html
  • Jessica Jones on Netflix (PTSD)
  • Joan of Arcadia (Wheelchair user) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/499/676
  • The L Word (Deaf person)  https://bethhaller.wordpress.com/l-word-nca-paper/
  • Lady Dynamite on Netflix (bipolar II, OCD)
  • Legit (Wheelchair use)
  • Life Goes On (Stars an actor with Down syndrome)
  • Life’s Too Short (Little person) http://www.hbo.com/lifes-too-short/index.html
  • Lost (Wheelchair use) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/540/717
  • Maniac on Netflix (mental illness)
  • Michael J. Fox Show (Parkinson’s)
  • Monk (OCD)
  • Nip/Tuck (Multiple disabilities; Little person)
  • One Day at a Time on Netflix (Anxiety, depression, PTSD)
  • Ozark on Netflix (Down syndrome)
  • Parenthood (Autistic child)
  • Pelswick (Wheelchair user) Created by a quadriplegic artist http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/431/608
  • The Politician on Netflix (CP)
  • Private Practice (Wheelchair use; substance abuse)
  • Quads (Wheelchair users) Created by a quadriplegic artist
  • Raising Dion on Netflix (Wheelchair user; asthma)
  • Ramy on Hulu (Wheelchair user)
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Down syndrome)
  • Sesame Street (Wheelchair user; Deaf person)
  • Sex Education on Netflix (Wheelchair user)
  • Silent Witness (Wheelchair user) British show available on Amazon Prime.
  • The Society (Deaf character)
  • South Park (Wheelchair use; walker use) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/628/805
  • Special (CP, played by an actor with CP) Streaming on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80987458
  • Speechless (CP, AAC use; played by an actor with CP) http://abc.go.com/shows/speechless
  • Spinning Out on Netflix (mental illness)
  • Stranger Things on Netflix (cleidocranial dysplasia)
  • Switched at Birth (Deaf community)
  • Temple Grandin (Autism) http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1659/1610
  • This is us (anxiety disorder, blindness)
  • United States of Tara (Mental illness)
  • Work in Progress on Showtime (OCD)
Reality TV & Web series

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