LGBTQ+ 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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

This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 5 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, 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 Brooklyn's ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added 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) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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. Intending to stop ...more
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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
VlaxyyyVlargyyy added 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper
Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Curtis Holt Arrow 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 stranded on a hostile ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jacob Henricsson added
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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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