TV 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 2016-2017 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

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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

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

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Teen Wolf Danny Mahealani, Mason Hewitt, Brett Talbot

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Fosters Stef Adams-Foster, Lena Adams-Foster, Jude Adams-Foster, Connor Stevens, Monte Porter

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Orange Is the New Black Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Tricia Miller, Poussey Washington, Brook Soso, Piper Chapman

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
emerly added Riverdale

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Modern Family Mitchell Pritchett, Cameron Tucker

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The 100

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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 The Countess Elizabeth, Will Drake, Ramona Royale

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Game of Thrones Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Originals Betty DeMillo, Barton Scully,Dale

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Guest_6fbd5563-ebc2-429c-8ba3-7fbb675a54a5 added Supergirl

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Captain Raymond Holt

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Arrow Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Curtis Holt

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Flash Captain David Singh, Hartley Rathaway

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Doctor Who Madame Vastra, Jenny

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Legends of Tomorrow Sara Lance/White Canary

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supernatural Charlie Bradbury

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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

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gotham Renee Montoya, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mr. Robot G ideon Goddard, Tyrell Wellick, Whiterose

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

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Empire Jamal Lyon

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Shannara Chronicles

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Grey's Anatomy

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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

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. George Huang, Ken Randall

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Andromedon

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scandal Cyrus Beene

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
CatherineNikolajeva added Wentworth

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Stitchers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Stitchers

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Joey Gutierrez

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scream Audrey Jenson, Rachel Murray

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The Shannara Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jane the Virgin Luisa Alver, Rose Solano

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Chicago Fire Leslie Shay, Clarice Carthage

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Transparent Mort/Maura Pfefferman, Sarah Pfefferman, Tammy Cashman, Syd Feldman

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The Millers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
salesgal added The Millers

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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Good Fight

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Younger

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tom Islava added South Park Mr. Slave,  Mr. Garrison, Tweek Tweak, Craig Tucker, Ms. Cartman,Big Gay Al, Sparky the Dog 

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Blindspot Bethany Mayfair

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Code Black is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Code Black Malaya Pineda, Carla Niven

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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 Edward Meechum, Rachel Posner, Lisa Williams, Michael Corrigan, John Pasternak, Thomas Yates, Frank Underwood

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Superstore Mateo

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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

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Nashville Will Lexington, Brent McKinney, Kevin Bicks

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American Crime is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
American Crime Eric Lupton, Taylor Blaine

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters