LGBT The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015  

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List Rules Vote up the best shows with LGBT characters that premiered on or after January 1, 2015.

As LGBT representation continues to be on the rise in media, many new television series feature prominent lesbian, gay, or bisexual characters. Since 2015, tons of successful shows have emerged that feature non-heterosexual characters. Whether side characters or part of the core cast, you can vote on some of the best new shows with gay characters on the list below. 

What are the best new shows with gay characters? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt features the breakout character Titus Andromedon, whose relationship drama and quest for stardom provides inordinate laughs. Jessica Jones has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of lesbian characters. Westworld features several gay characters, including Logan, Clementine Pennyfeather, and Elsie Hughes. Other good current shows with gay characters include Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Fear the Walking Dead.

Which current TV shows with gay characters deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up. 

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Kevin Keller
Moose Mason
Joaquin
Toni Topaz
Cheryl Blossom

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) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Sara Lance/White Canary
Todd Rice/Obsidian
Guinevere
Citizen Cold
Ray Terrill

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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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Miles Hollingsworth III
Zoe Rivas
Tristan Milligan
Vijay Maraji
Yael Baron
Rasha Zuabi
Esme Song
Francesca "Frankie" Hollingsworth

Degrassi: Next Class is a 2016 Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi Universe, the fifth series in the Degrassi franchise. Like its predecessors, the series follows an ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Lucifer Morningstar
Mazikeen

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Maggie Sawyer
Alex Danvers

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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Jeri Hogarth
Wendy Ross-Hogarth
Pam

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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Lionel Higgins
Silvio
Neika Hobbs
Conner
Monique

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Logan
Clementine Pennyfeather
Elsie Hughes

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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101 88
13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Courtney Crimsen
Tony Padilla
Ryan Shaver
Todd Crimsen
Steve Crimsen
Brad

13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Moira
Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
Sylvia
Peter

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Nicole Ellis

Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Lenny Busker
Clark

Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Bilquis
Jinn
Salim

American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Victor Strand
Thomas Abigail

This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

David Rose
Connor
Jake
Patrick
Sebastian Caine

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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015
  Nomi Segal Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Mateo
Jeff

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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Niska
Astrid

Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Pree
Delle Seyah Kendry
Aneela

Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as ...more

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33 37
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

White Josh
Darryl Whitefeather
Maya

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 2015) is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. After bumping into her first love, a New York ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Special Agent Denise Christopher

Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Bethany Mayfair
Sofia Varma
Alexandra
Rich Dotcom
Boston

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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Tara Mohr
Donnie Caan
Taylor Mason
Walter

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

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Easy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Jo
Chase

Easy (Netflix, 2016) is a comedy-drama anthology series written and directed by Joe Swanberg. Intertwined groups of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Bortus
Klyden

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Bull is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Chunk Palmer

Bull (CBS, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Phil McGraw and Paul Attanasio, based on the early days of talk show host Dr. Phil. Psychologist and trial science expert Dr. ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Antony Armstrong-Jones

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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Star is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Simone Davis
Cotton Brown
Miss Bruce

Star (Fox, 2016) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. It revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany ...more

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Goliath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Michelle McBride
Callie Senate

Goliath (formerly known as Trial) is a 2016 legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a formerly brilliant and personable lawyer, became an ...more

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Better Things is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Rick
Tressa

Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. An actress (Pamela Adlon) raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of ...more

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The Girlfriend Experience is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Christine Reade
Avery Suhr

Law student Christine Reade (Riley Keough) lands an internship at a firm and struggles to balance her workload, expenses, and classes. When her close friend reveals that she has been working as ...more

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows With Gay Characters Since 2015

Paul

The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in ...more