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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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.
Katerine "Kat" Hernandez
Connor Walsh, Oliver Hampton, Aiden Walker, Eve Rothlo, Annalise KeatingHow to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Tricia Miller, Poussey Washington, Brook Soso, Piper Chapman
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more
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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Michael "Mouse" Tolliver
Anne ListerGentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright.In 1832, Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) returns to Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in West ...more
Kate KaneBatwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more
Ruby RedAJ and the Queen (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy series created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King. The series follows Ruby Red, a down-on-her-luck drag queen traveling across America, who ...more
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. Intending to stop ...more
Ryan HayesSpecial (Netflix, 2019) is an American upcoming television comedy series created by Ryan O'Connell, who also stars, writes, and executive produces the series. Loosely autobiographical, the show ...more