LGBT The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters  

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Gay characters on TV shows have come a long way since the days of All in the Family when a character named Steve shocked the nation by becoming the first openly gay character on a sitcom. Since then, gay TV shows like Will and Grace and Glee have blazed trails for LGBT characters. Now, scores of shows feature gay characters, sometimes in leading roles and other times as members of the supporting cast. Which gay TV series of 2016-2017 are the best?

Unlike in the past, series like Arrow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and plenty of others now feature gay and lesbian characters without focusing overtly on their sexuality. In the past, most gay characters' predominant trait was the fact that they were gay. Now, we have LGBT TV shows with gay characters who are defined by their other traits as well, and they just happen to be gay.

Many people relate the growing presence and positive portrayal of the LGBT community in television to the gradually changing ideals of America. Many television writers have attempted to tackle the issue of gay rights and in doing so, they have helped to change the national narrative.

Thanks to that, we now have gay shows featuring gay characters who are everything from superheroes to prisoners to stay at home dads. Check out this list of gay and lesbian TV shows and vote up the series you think are the best current TV shows with gay characters.

 

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Shadowhunters Darryll D.B. Walsh - Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane

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+ - 563 534
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton - Nomi Marks

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+ - 124 108
How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch - Connor Walsh, Oliver Hampton, Aiden Walker, Eve Rothlo, Annalise Keating

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+ - 129 115
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning - Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Tricia Miller, Poussey Washington, Brook Soso, Piper Chapman

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+ - 67 74
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden - Danny Mahealani, Mason Hewitt, Brett Talbot

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+ - 82 93
The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Fosters Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly - Stef Adams-Foster, Lena Adams-Foster, Jude Adams-Foster, Connor Stevens, Monte Porter

7
+ - 71 80
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale - Emily Fields, Maya St. Germain

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+ - 69 79
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris - Cosima

9
+ - 91 107
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen - Mitchell Pritchett, Cameron Tucker

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+ - 84 100
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett - The Countess Elizabeth, Will Drake, Ramona Royale

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+ - 76 92
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington - Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell

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+ - 19 18
Glee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

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+ - 48 58
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey - Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Curtis Holt

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+ - 14 13
The Originals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt - Betty DeMillo, Barton Scully,Dale

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+ - 36 44
Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Legends of Tomorrow Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill - Sara Lance/White Canary

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+ - 53 68
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave - Charlie Bradbury

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+ - 45 58
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker - Captain David Singh, Hartley Rathaway

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+ - 13 14
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

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+ - 15 17
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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+ - 8 8
Stitchers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Stitchers Emma Ishta, Allison Scagliotti, Damon Dayoub

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+ - 43 59
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith - Madame Vastra, Jenny

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+ - 40 58
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews - Captain Raymond Holt

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+ - 39 57
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville - Jeri Hogarth, Wendy Ross-Hogarth

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+ - 34 51
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday - G ideon Goddard, Tyrell Wellick, Whiterose

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+ - 37 56
Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Adventure Time Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny - Marceline

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+ - 31 47
The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Magicians Barry Jones - Eliot Waugh

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+ - 29 44
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue - Renee Montoya, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan

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+ - 36 56
Empire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett - Jamal Lyon

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+ - 32 50
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T - Dr. George Huang, Ken Randall

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+ - 5 10
The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Shannara Chronicles Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Emilia Burns

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+ - 6 12
The L Word is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The L Word Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman

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+ - 22 37
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton - Joey Gutierrez

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+ - 13 23
Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Wentworth Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

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+ - 4 9
South of Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
South of Nowhere Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Matt Cohen

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+ - 8 16
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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+ - 4 10
One Big Happy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
One Big Happy Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano, Kelly Brook

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+ - 27 47
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess - Titus Andromedon

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+ - 3 9
Saving Hope is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Saving Hope Erica Durance, Daniel Gillies, Michael Shanks

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+ - 25 46
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jane the Virgin Anthony Mendez, Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo - Luisa Alver, Rose Solano

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+ - 17 33
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund - Leslie Shay, Clarice Carthage

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+ - 20 38
Scream is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scream Ethan Erickson, Natalie Hall, Steven Krueger - Audrey Jenson, Rachel Murray

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+ - 2 9
Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten Janina Uhse, Maike von Bremen, Daniel Fehlow

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+ - 22 43
Transparent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Transparent Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Judith Light - Mort/Maura Pfefferman, Sarah Pfefferman, Tammy Cashman, Syd Feldman

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+ - 18 37
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes - Cyrus Beene

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+ - 8 21
South Park is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes - Mr. Slave,  Mr. Garrison, Ms. Cartman,Big Gay Al, Sparky the Dog 

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+ - 16 36
Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Blindspot Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander - Bethany Mayfair

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+ - 2 10
The Real L Word is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Real L Word Whitney Mixter, Alyssa Morgan, Jill Sloane Goldstein

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+ - 2 10
The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Good Fight Nicholas Chow, Kevin Wehby, Melvin Kim

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+ - 2 10
Lip Service is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Lip Service Roxanne McKee, Laura Fraser, Emun Elliott

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+ - 14 33
The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Shannara Chronicles Daniel MacPherson, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton - Eretria