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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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Jules Vaughn
Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and

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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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 3 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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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
voting closed at #3 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) 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
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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Amy Boal added Schitt's Creek
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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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Imani Henry added 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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
CatherineNikolajeva added
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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
VlaxyyyVlargyyy added Runaways 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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AJ and the Queen is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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

Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Kate Kane

Batwoman (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

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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

EloideDavis
Tabitha Foster

Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer, based on Kristen Smith's YA novel of the same name. An unexpected ...more

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Special is listed (or ranked) 25 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