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 - and include teen LGBTQ+ characters. Which gay TV series currently on air are the best?
Unlike in the past, series like The Flash, Euphoria, and Grey's Anatomy 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, trans, lesbian, or otherwise queer.
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.
- Teenager Victor adjusts to a new school and struggles with his sexual orientation.
- A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father's death.
- Stede Bonnet abandons his life of privilege to become a pirate in the early 18th century.
Harley QuinnThe newly single Harley Quinn sets off to make it on her own in Gotham City.
- The clash between working-class teens and wealthy students at a private school leads to murder.
- A family of three moves from Boston to Los Angeles to reconcile its painful past.
- A young nurse at a mental institution becomes a monster to her patients.
- A woman with a passion for life and a mind for business bucks society's expectations at every turn.
- Doctors in Seattle try to balance life and work.
- Five gay style experts aid hapless men and women in the United States.
- An eccentric Time Lord travels through time and space to battle injustice across the universe.
- A handsome secret agent and his team of LGBTQ+ superspies embark on extraordinary adventures.
- When a freak accident grants CSI Barry Allen superspeed, he uses the power to solve crimes.
- A group of women face the trials of life and love in Los Angeles.
- Bea Smith is locked up for the attempted murder of her husband and learns how life works in prison.
- Loki, the God of Mischief, steps out of his brother's shadow to embark on an adventure.
- Before he can become president, Payton must navigate the most treacherous landscape, high school.
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- Retired vigilante Jefferson Pierce gets pulled back into the fight as his alter ego.
- The crew of the USS Discovery explores new worlds and civilizations.
- A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF to be her assistant.
- Capt. Benson and her NYPD squad fight for justice in cases ripped straight from the headlines.
- Diverse students navigate a Ivy League college where racial tensions tend to be swept under the rug.
- Archie Andrews navigates the drama of small-town life while working toward a future in music.