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The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

Updated October 16, 2020 14.0k votes 4.4k voters 98.8k views42 items

List RulesVote 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 currently on air are the best?

Unlike in the past, series like Batwoman, Wynonna Earp, 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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    Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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    Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

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    Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Grace and Frankie

    Grace, Brianna

    ActorsJane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Sol Bergstein,Robert Hanson
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Detective Jake Peralta, Detective Rosa Diaz

    ActorsAndy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

    Captain Raymond Holt
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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    American Horror Story

    Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon

    ActorsConnie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    The Countess Elizabeth, Will Drake, Ramona Royale
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    Elite is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Love, Victor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    The 100

    Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin

    ActorsEliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos

    Premiered2013

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

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    Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
    Sara Lance/White Canary
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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd

    ActorsEllen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

    Anne Lister

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

    Kate Kane

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    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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    Tabitha Foster

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Doctor Who

    The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith

    ActorsChristopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Madame Vastra, Jenny
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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Supernatural

    Dean Winchester, Bobby Singer

    ActorsJared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins

    Premiered2005

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

    Charlie Bradbury
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    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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    Gray

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    The L Word: Generation Q is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    The Flash

    Flash, Iris West Allen

    ActorsGrant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes

    Premiered2014

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

    Captain David Singh, Hartley Rathaway
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    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Olivia Benson, Elliot Stabler

    ActorsMariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama

    Dr. George Huang, Ken Randall
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    Special is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Special

    Ryan Hayes

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    Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters
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    Stumptown

    Dexedrine "Dex" Parios (Lead)

    ActorsCobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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