The Best of 2018 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 2017-2018 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

Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane

Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...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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How to Get Away with Murder 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

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
lmoses added 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 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) 6 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
emerly added 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Joffrey Baratheon Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Bruce Wayne, Batman, Catwoman Renee Montoya, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Cookie Lyon, Lucious Lyon, Hakeem Lyon Jamal Lyon Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more

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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 28 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 — their ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Audrey Jenson, Rachel Murray Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Agent Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz, Melinda May Joey Gutierrez Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gideon Goddard, Tyrell Wellick, Whiterose
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Rebecca High added Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tom Islava added Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski

Mr. Slave,  Mr. Garrison, Tweek Tweak, Craig Tucker, Ms. Cartman,Big Gay Al, Sparky the Dog 

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mort/Maura Pfefferman, Sarah Pfefferman, Tammy Cashman, Syd Feldman Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Kelly Severide, Matthew Casey, Leslie Shay Leslie Shay, Clarice Carthage
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Good Fight (CBS All Access, 2017) is a legal and political drama television series, a spin-off of the 2009 series The Good Wife. A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous ...more

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mateo Superstore (NBC, 2015) is an American single-camera sitcom television series about a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. The ensemble cast ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Bethany Mayfair Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Diana, Liza, Kelsey Younger is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. The series stars Sutton Foster as the lead character, with Hilary Duff, Debi ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Denise Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan, Bunchy Donovan Tommy Wheeler Ray Donovan is an American television drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tara Mohr Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more