First, a quick explanation: This list is specifically of explicit, canonical mentions of asexuality in film or television; anything with an explicit mention of the word “asexual” is included, whether it’s a good example of actual asexuality or not. Instances of possible asexuality that are hinted at but not explicit (a.k.a. Sherlock, Sheldon) are not included here. Also, nonfiction works like the (A)sexual documentary have not been included.
(For some examples of characters in other forms of media like books and webcomics see this post)
Asexuality in Film:
The Olivia Experiment – an indie film featuring a main character (Olivia) who is questioning her (a)sexuality (but still remains undecided/in a “gray area” at the end of the film). Also includes an “asexual support” group, with some unfortunate stereotypes but a nice amount of explicitly identified asexuals (the treatment of the main character – especially in the latter half of the movie – is much better, in my opinion, but is less explicitly about asexuality). (*Note: currently only available at occasional screenings; public release expected sometime later this year)
Asexuality in Television:
Shortland Street – (episode 4029/4030 and on). Character Gerald Tippet is questioning his lack of sexual desire in his relationship with his girlfriend, discovers asexuality and starts exploring it over the next season(s). It’s a soap opera, so there’s definite over dramatization of things, but overall pretty accurate representation otherwise. Also includes an asexual meetup group with several other asexual characters later.
Sirens – (haven’t seen this one yet, so I can’t provide much info, but includes an out asexual character as of a few weeks ago. Will update this as soon as I have a chance to watch it!) This series is also currently airing, so go watch it!
House (see season 8, episode 9: “A better half”) – Wilson gets an asexual patient married to another asexual, House claims he can disprove her asexuality because anyone with no sexual desire is “sick, dead, or lying”; episode ends with her husband having a brain tumor that suppresses his desire, and her revealing she lied about her asexuality for 10 years to be with him. Explicit but absolutely horrible representation.
–Collection of some of the major moments here, with a response from the author of the episode
Huge (see season 1, episode 5) – Poppy, one of the camp counselors, comes out as asexual when talking to another counselor about how she can’t relate to things like romance movies (while the campers are watching a twilight parody). Unfortunately, the topic isn’t really brought up again and the show was cancelled a few episodes later.
The Gayest Show Ever – Canadian comedy sketch show which included a series of short spots about an mixed orientation couple (one asexual, one lesbian). (TW: possible implications of some iffy consent issues in part 2)
Divorce (starting with episode 2, season 2) – Dutch-language television show featuring an out asexual character and an asexual meetup group. I haven’t seen it, but see Tristiferre’s post here.
Know of anything I’ve forgotten? Leave a note in the comments!