TV programs The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters  

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List Rules Vote up the best shows with LGBT characters that are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

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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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton - Nomi Marks

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Shadowhunters Darryll D.B. Walsh - Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane

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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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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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen - Mitchell Pritchett, Cameron Tucker

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris - Cosima

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave - Charlie Bradbury

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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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Adventure Time Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny - Marceline

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Magicians Barry Jones - Eliot Waugh

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday - Gideon Goddard, Tyrell Wellick, Whiterose

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes - Cyrus Beene

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 32 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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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Shannara Chronicles Daniel MacPherson, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton - Eretria

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Wentworth Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Code Black Melanie Chandra, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Angela Relucio - Malaya Pineda, Carla Niven

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Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Shades of Blue Lieutenant Matt Wozniak, Donnie Pomp

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Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Rosewood Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Dennis, Jaina Lee Ortiz - Pippy Rosewood, Tara

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright - Edward Meechum, Rachel Posner, Lisa Williams, Michael Corrigan, John Pasternak, Thomas Yates, Frank Underwood

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Master of None Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Lena Waithe - Denise

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere - Will Lexington, Brent McKinney, Kevin Bicks

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American Crime is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
American Crime Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco - Eric Lupton, Taylor Blaine

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Superstore Mateo

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Billions Tara Mohr

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan - Tommy Wheeler

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Dr. Ken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Dr. Ken Albert Tsai, Jonathan Slavin, Ken Jeong - Clark Leslie Beavers

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Telenovela Ba'am is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Telenovela Ofer Shechter, Rotem Abuhab - Gael Garnica