Fellow Travelers

Watch Fellow Travelers

  • TV-MA
  • 2023
  • 1 Season
  • 8.1  (8,375)

Fellow Travelers is a 2023 historical drama television series set in the 1950s during the Lavender Scare, when the US government systematically persecuted homosexuals. The show follows timid State Department official Timothy Laughlin and rugged, idealistic journalist Grant Matthews as they navigate Washington DC's cutthroat political circles while keeping their forbidden romance a secret.

Though coming from vastly different backgrounds, Timothy and Grant find solace and companionship in each other amidst an era of paranoia and discrimination. Their relationship faces continuous threats from both without and within - not only do they need to evade the prying eyes of the State Department's security team hunting for "sexual deviants", but they also struggle with reconciling their own desires with the mores of a society that rejects their love.

Over its 8 episode arc, Fellow Travelers examines the human cost of prejudice through the eyes of its protagonist couple. It delves into themes of identity, integrity, and the importance of forging one's own path. Timothy and Grant see their personal and professional lives jeopardized as they try keeping up appearances to protect themselves and each other. Their difficulties resonate with the countless others who faced similar pressures to conform in 1950s America.

With strong performances by its lead actors, Fellow Travelers has been praised for authentically capturing the atmosphere of paranoia surrounding homosexuality during the Lavender Scare era. Cinematography, costuming, and set design all work together to transport viewers back to the 1950s. Historical figures like McCarthy and Roy Cohn appear as characters. The show balances nuanced character drama against the greater sociopolitical forces bearing down on its protagonists.

Fellow Travelers stands out with its thoughtful, moving depiction of a controversial romance in a period setting. Timothy and Grant's journey speaks to the universal desires for love and acceptance. Their struggles in reconciling personal fulfillment with public duty remain resonant today. With writing, acting, and production that bring history to life, Fellow Travelers promises an absorbing viewing experience.

Fellow Travelers is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on October 27, 2023.

Fellow Travelers
Filter by Source

Make it Easy
8. Make it Easy
December 15, 2023
In 1957, Hawk and Tim reunite at Sen. McCarthy's funeral and try, one last time, to find a way to be together; in 1986 San Francisco, Hawk seeks redemption as Tim makes a wrenching decision that will change Hawk's life forever.
White Nights
7. White Nights
December 8, 2023
It's 1979; Tim, now a social worker, travels to Fire Island, where Hawk takes him on a tour of "gay paradise"; in San Francisco, Marcus and Frankie are drawn into the explosion of gay rage prompted by the verdict in Dan White's murder trial.
Beyond Measure
6. Beyond Measure
December 1, 2023
A love story chronicling the clandestine romance of two very different men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington.
Promise You Won't Write
5. Promise You Won't Write
November 24, 2023
Roy Cohn's obsession with David Schine leads to the televised Army-McCarthy hearings and national scandal as McCarthy's allies attack Senator Smith, threatening to expose family secrets. Hawk tries to protect Smith while hiding his secret life from Lucy, although a tragedy brings them closer. Marcus must decide between his love for Frankie and his new job at the Post. Exposed to McCarthy's - and Hawk's - true natures, Tim makes a life-changing decision about his future.
Your Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire
4. Your Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire
November 17, 2023
As the government's purge of homosexuals continues, Hawk faces a polygraph test about his sex life and publicly courts Lucy while involving Tim in a desperate plot to destroy McCarthy and Cohn. Marcus makes peace with his attraction to Frankie's feminine persona. David has been drafted and Roy threatens to destroy the Army. In 1980s San Francisco, Hawk meets Marcus and Frankie's adopted son and Tim recruits Hawk to help his AIDS activist group.
Hit Me
3. Hit Me
November 10, 2023
Hawk and Tim go on a road trip that turns sour when Tim realizes Hawk is using the trip to dig up dirt on Senator Smith's enemies. Marcus and Frankie's encounter with a racist bouncer nearly tears them apart. Roy is desperate to keep David from being drafted and Jean Kerr questions McCarthy's masculinity. In 1980s San Francisco, Tim withholds forgiveness until a medical emergency gives Hawk a chance to prove he's worthy of it.
2. Bulletproof
November 3, 2023
When the State Department begins investigations into suspected homosexuals, Hawk distances himself from Tim, who questions his faith. Hawk's colleague Mary comes under suspicion. Journalist Marcus loses his job after a dispute with Roy Cohn but is comforted by drag performer Frankie. Needing cover, Hawk draws closer to Lucy Smith. In 1980s San Francisco, Hawk observes gay life in the AIDS crisis when Tim's sister forbids him to see Tim.
You're Wonderful
1. You're Wonderful
October 27, 2023
In 1950's Washington, Hawkins Fuller is a war hero moving up the ladder at the State Department, flirting with women while enjoying clandestine sex with men and avoiding emotional entanglements. Everything changes when Hawk meets religious Tim Laughlin: they begin an affair that puts them in jeopardy. In 1986, married Hawk receives a mysterious package and decides he must see Tim.
Where to Watch Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fellow Travelers on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, FuboTV and Sling.
  • Premiere Date
    October 27, 2023
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (8,375)