‘The Bisexual,’ Hulu comedy-drama series, to debut in November

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“The Bisexual,” a six-part dramedy series, stars Desiree Akhavan, right, and Maxine Peake. Akhavan stars as Leila, a New Yorker who lives in London and has to cope with the fallout of going on a break with her 10-year girlfriend and business partner Sadie (Peake). Akhavan also directed and co-wrote the series. Photo: Hulu.

“The Bisexual,” the six-part dramedy series directed and co-written by Desiree Akhavan, will debut November 16, Hulu announced today.

“The Bisexual” lampoons stereotypes and explores the differences between dating men and women.

Akhavan, who directed “The Miseducation of Cameron Poe,” which follows  a teenage girl sent to a conversion therapy facility, also stars in the series as the lead character.

Leila is a New Yorker who lives in London and has to cope with the fallout of going on a break with her 10-year girlfriend and business partner Sadie, played by Maxine Peake.

Soon after the split, Leila moves in with novelist Gabe, played by Brian Gleeson, who becomes her wingman as she begins dating men and women.

Cecilia Frugiuele, Akhavan’s writing partner, worked with her on the series.

“I came out as (bisexual) from the get-go, but that word always felt uncomfortable. Bisexual sounds gauche and tacky… Disingenuous,” Akheven told “The Guardian. “Whereas there’s only pride when I say lesbian, there’s only coolness to say queer. Bisexual didn’t feel like it represented me and I wanted to know why, when technically it very much represents who I am.”

Akhavan also is known for “Appropriate Behavior.” Written and directed by Akhavan, the film stars Akhavan as Shirin, a bisexual Iranian-American woman in Brooklyn struggling to rebuild her life after breaking up with her girlfriend.

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