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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 2017-2018 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

Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane

Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
How to Get Away with Murder

Connor Walsh, Oliver Hampton, Aiden Walker, Eve Rothlo, Annalise Keating

How to Get Away with Murder is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Sense8

Nomi Marks

Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Fosters Mariana Foster, Callie Jacob, Jesus Foster Stef Adams-Foster, Lena Adams-Foster, Jude Adams-Foster, Connor Stevens, Monte Porter The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Orange Is the New Black Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, Alex Vause Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Tricia Miller, Poussey Washington, Brook Soso, Piper Chapman
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
emerly added Riverdale Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The 100 Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, Octavia Blake The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a book of the same name, the first ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Claire Dunphy, Cameron Tucker Mitchell Pritchett, Cameron Tucker
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Detective Jake Peralta, Detective Rosa Diaz, Captain Ray Holt Captain Raymond Holt
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American action comedy television series that airs on Fox. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
American Horror Story Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon, Lana Winters The Countess Elizabeth, Will Drake, Ramona Royale American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Grey's Anatomy Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supergirl Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and The ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Joffrey Baratheon Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Originals Elijah Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, Niklaus Mikaelson Betty DeMillo, Barton Scully,Dale The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season and is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere aired after ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Arrow Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Curtis Holt After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supernatural Dean Winchester, Bobby Singer, Sam Winchester Charlie Bradbury Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Flash Flash, Iris West Allen, Caitlin Snow Captain David Singh, Hartley Rathaway The Flash is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Doctor Who The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9 Madame Vastra, Jenny Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Legends of Tomorrow Sara Lance/White Canary
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. When Vandal Savage ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jessica Jones Jeri Hogarth, Wendy Ross-Hogarth Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Magicians Eliot Waugh The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
lmoses added Queer as Folk Brian Kinney Queer as Folk is a drama television series. An American–Canadian co-production, the series ran between December 2000 and August 2005 and was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip ...more

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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
lmoses added Wynonna Earp Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series based on the comic book series by Beau Smith.

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mr. Robot Gideon Goddard, Tyrell Wellick, Whiterose
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gotham Bruce Wayne, Batman, Catwoman Renee Montoya, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Gretchen, Cyndee, Titus Andromedon Titus Andromedon
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more

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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Adventure Time Marceline the Vampire Queen, Ice King, Jake the Dog Marceline Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Empire Cookie Lyon, Lucious Lyon, Hakeem Lyon Jamal Lyon Empire is an American musical drama television series which debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the ...more

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carmilla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Olivia Benson, Elliot Stabler, John Munch Dr. George Huang, Ken Randall Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scream Audrey Jenson, Rachel Murray Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Shannara Chronicles Eretria The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jane the Virgin Jane Villanueva, Xiomara Villanueva, Petra Solano Luisa Alver, Rose Solano Jane the Virgin is a 2014 TV series on The CW. After a series of surprising events, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman (Gina Rodriguez) is accidentally artificially inseminated.

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scandal Olivia Pope, President Fitzgerald Grant, James Novak Cyrus Beene Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is ...more

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
CatherineNikolajeva added Wentworth Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz, Melinda May Joey Gutierrez Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Good Fight The Good Fight (CBS All Access, 2017) is a legal and political drama television series, a spin-off of the 2009 series The Good Wife. A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tom Islava added South Park Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski

Mr. Slave,  Mr. Garrison, Tweek Tweak, Craig Tucker, Ms. Cartman,Big Gay Al, Sparky the Dog 

South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its ...more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Transparent Mort/Maura Pfefferman, Sarah Pfefferman, Tammy Cashman, Syd Feldman Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Chicago Fire Kelly Severide, Matthew Casey, Leslie Shay Leslie Shay, Clarice Carthage
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Younger Diana, Liza, Kelsey Younger is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. The series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character, with Hilary Duff, Debi ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Blindspot Bethany Mayfair Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no ...more

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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Code Black Malaya Pineda, Carla Niven Code Black (CBS, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Michael Seitzman. The show centers on the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where four first-year residents and ...more

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Superstore Mateo Superstore (NBC, 2015) is an American single-camera sitcom television series about a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. The ensemble cast ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
House of Cards Francis Underwood, Claire Underwood, Rep. Peter Russo Edward Meechum, Rachel Posner, Lisa Williams, Michael Corrigan, John Pasternak, Thomas Yates, Frank Underwood
House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Nashville Juliette Barnes, Luke Wheeler, Maddie Conrad Will Lexington, Brent McKinney, Kevin Bicks Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Shades of Blue Lieutenant Matt Wozniak, Donnie Pomp Shades of Blue (NBC, 2016) is an American crime drama television series set in New York City. It stars Jennifer Lopez as the main character Harlee Santos, a single-mother NYPD Detective, who is ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Master of None Denise Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Ray Donovan Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan, Bunchy Donovan Tommy Wheeler Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Billions Tara Mohr Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby ...more