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The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters 

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Updated January 29, 2020 27k votes 4.1k voters 93.4k views 56 items

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

Actors: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Katie Findlay, Jack, + more

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

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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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #3 Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, Alex Vause

Actors: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Alex Vause, Sophia Burset, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Tricia Miller, Poussey Washington, Brook Soso, Piper Chapman

 

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon, Lana Winters

Actors: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, + more

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Actors: Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: SyFy

Genres (Tv): Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror, Western, Supernatural

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) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Claire Dunphy, Cameron Tucker

Actors: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 250

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Mitchell Pritchett, Cameron Tucker
Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. The series follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Detective Jake Peralta, Detective Rosa Diaz, Captain Ray Holt

Actors: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, Octavia Blake

Actors: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, + more

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Grace, Brianna, Frankie

Actors: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 78

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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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

Actors: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Actors: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, + more

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Actors: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
CatherineNikolajeva added

Actors: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Foxtel

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Actors: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, + more

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Actors: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

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

Actors: Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Eric Dane, + more

Premiered: 2019

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

Jules Vaughn
Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jacob Henricsson added

Actors: Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Lucy Davis, + more

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Dean Winchester, Bobby Singer, Sam Winchester

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #26 Jane Villanueva, Xiomara Villanueva, Petra Solano

Actors: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Justin Baldoni, Ivonne Coll, + more

Network: The CW

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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Elite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Actors: María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Ester Expósito, Danna Paola

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Teen drama

Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper

Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, + more

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
VlaxyyyVlargyyy added Runaways Karolina Dean, Nico Minoru

Actors: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, + more

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9

Actors: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker, + more

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Flash, Iris West Allen, Caitlin Snow

Actors: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, + more

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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Actors: Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Animation

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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Amy Boal added Schitt's Creek

Actors: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: CBC, POP

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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