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Welcome To 'Midnight, Texas': A Show That Accepts Everyone For Who—Or What—They Are

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a series set in a small town where all things paranormal and supernatural converge.

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Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a series set in a small town where all things paranormal and supernatural converge. Here you'll find weretigers, mediums, witches, angels, assassins, vampires, and more. There are no outcasts, because Midnight is open to the unknown, to what the residents might not even understand. Acceptance isn't a question; it just is.

Once you cross the town limits, you enter a different type of world that's devoid of hatred, no matter the circumstances of a person's life. Midnight breaks down all the barriers. Let's take a look at what you can expect to see if you pay this town a visit.

Interracial Relationships

Lem (Peter Mensah), a vampire over a century old, is a former slave who is involved with Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), an assassin who happens to be white. I say happens to be because the show doesn't focus on the differences in their skin color. It's just a man (okay, an undead one) in love with a woman who could kick the ass of anyone who questions their relationship anyway.

Then there's Bobo (Dylan Bruce), whose family is a bunch of white supremacists. He's just realized he's in love with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), the town's witch. Fiji is a beautiful woman who's just learned of Bobo's secrets. Understandably, she's shaken up, given she's not white. But, personally, I think they'll find their way back together because Bobo is truly ashamed of his family, as he should be. I won't give away any major spoilers here, but some people get a well-deserved ass-kicking in episode 5.

Gay Marriage

Wait. Hold the phone. There's a gay relationship in this series, too? Well, of course. Midnight does not discriminate, unlike some places you could find on Google. The relationship is between Joe (Jason Lewis), a fallen angel who tries to remain hidden but can't resist the need to help out in the time of need, and his husband, Chuy (Bernardo Saracino) who works with him at the tattoo shop. We don't know that much about Chuy yet, but he clearly loves Joe and is worried about him and his need to put everyone else first.

Strong Friendships

The supernatural residents of Midnight come together to protect one another, to share their problems, and to make sure everyone stays alive. They will go to great lengths to keep the people they care about safe. Just wait until you see what Fiji does to a police car when Bobo's in trouble. And when Lem is in danger, the town pulls out all the stops in epic fashion!

Religion

The town's pastor, Reverend Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez), is seeking redemption for his past, so you'll see a church in Midnight. But don't worry, there are no crazies holding up "God hates" signs. This is a man who is trying to right the wrongs he's done and believes that he can do so through teaching about God.

There haven't been any sermons, but there is a church. Add Joe, the fallen angel, to the mix, and there is bound to be further talk about God. But that's okay, because it's Midnight, and they accept that here.

Home

Midnight, Texas is the essence of home because the residents have built a world where everyone is welcome. Yes, each family member may have their own oddities (who doesn't?) but they're still loved. And these folks even accepted a man who can talk to dead people, Manfred Bernado (Francois Arnaud), as well as one who chows down on people if he's let out of his cage during a full moon. Now that's love.

So Midnight, Texas with a lot of help from the cast and Executive Producer Monica Owusu-Breen and Charlaine Harris, creator of the book series, have proven that all different kinds of people who believe in all different kinds of things can live together in one community as friends. As family. Who would have thought that a supernatural television series could teach the world a lesson?

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