LGBT 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
Shadowhunters

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
Orange Is the New Black 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
How to Get Away with Murder

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

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Modern Family 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Grey's Anatomy 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) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The 100 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
American Horror Story 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) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
emerly added Riverdale 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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supergirl 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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
lmoses added Wynonna Earp 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Game of Thrones 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 the Virgin 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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Grace and Frankie 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) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Magicians 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) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Legends of Tomorrow 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. When Vandal Savage ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Supernatural 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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Originals Elijah Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, Niklaus Mikaelson Betty DeMillo, Barton Scully,Dale The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Doctor Who 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) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Arrow Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper 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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Jessica Jones 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
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
The Flash 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. Crime scene investigator ...more

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
CatherineNikolajeva added Wentworth 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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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Adventure Time Marceline the Vampire Queen, Ice King, Jake the Dog Marceline Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Gotham Bruce Wayne, Batman, Catwoman Renee Montoya, Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 27 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 — their ...more

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Steven Universe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
SoulDestroyer added Steven Universe 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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Empire 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, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Rebecca High added Black Lightning 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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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Scream is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Scream 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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Mr. Robot 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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Tom Islava added South Park 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) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Transparent 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) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Chicago Fire 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) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added The Good Fight 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) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Superstore 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) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Blindspot Bethany Mayfair Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no ...more

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
szwejzi added Younger 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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
House of Cards Francis Underwood, Claire Underwood, Rep. Peter Russo Edward Meechum, Rachel Posner, Lisa Williams, Michael Corrigan, John Pasternak, Thomas Yates, Frank Underwood
House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Master of None 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) 44 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Ray Donovan Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan, Bunchy Donovan Tommy Wheeler Ray Donovan is an American television crime 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) 45 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
Billions Tara Mohr Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby ...more