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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 2017-2019 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #26 Jane Villanueva, Xiomara Villanueva, Petra Solano
Luisa Alver, Rose Solano Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more
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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
SoulDestroyer added
Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time. It is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Dean Winchester, Bobby Singer, Sam Winchester
Charlie Bradbury Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper
Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Curtis Holt Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Flash, Iris West Allen, Caitlin Snow
Captain David Singh, Hartley Rathaway The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #32
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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #34 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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Cookie Lyon, Lucious Lyon, Hakeem Lyon
Jamal Lyon Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Rebecca High added
Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more
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Los Espookys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Andres

Los Espookys (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series. The show follows a group of friends as their turn their love of horror into a business, in a dreamy, strange version of Mexico
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Harlan Edwards

Swamp Thing (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero horror drama web television series based on the DC Comics character. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns home to Houma, Louisiana to ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tom Islava added Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski

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

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added
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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Bethany Mayfair Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more
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Younger is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Diana, Liza, Kelsey
Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. New divorcee Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) finds life difficult at ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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