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The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters 

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List Rules Vote up the best shows with LGBTQ+ 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 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.

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Élite is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Elite (Netflix, 2018), in Spanish "Élite" and stylized as "ÉLITƎ" is a Spanish teen drama television series created and written by Carlos Montero and ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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

How 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

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Grace , Brianna, Frankie
Sol Bergstein,Robert Hanson Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...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
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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

 

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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...more

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Detective Jake Peralta, Detective Rosa Diaz, Captain Ray Holt
Captain Raymond Holt
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

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon, Lana Winters
The Countess Elizabeth, Will Drake, Ramona Royale American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Dexedrine "Dex" Parios (Lead)
Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Karolina Dean, Nico Minoru
Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy.

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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Anne Lister

Gentleman 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

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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Jake Rodriguez
Anna Madrigal
DeDe Halcyon Day
Ben Marshall
Michael "Mouse" Tolliver

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AJ and the Queen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Ruby Red, AJ, Louis

Ruby Red

AJ 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

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, Octavia Blake
The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Kate Kane

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Special is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Special

Ryan Hayes

Special (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
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Sara Lance/White Canary
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