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The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years 

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Updated December 6, 2019 10k votes 1.7k voters 49.8k views 58 items

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. And if you want fresh stories of LGBTQ+ characters, check out the list of Curernt TV Shows With Gay Characters.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Élite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Elite (Netflix, 2018), in Spanish "Élite" and stylized as "ÉLITƎ" is a Spanish teen drama television series created and written by Carlos Montero and ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Schitt's Creek

David Rose
Connor
Jake
Patrick
Sebastian Caine

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Runaways
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.

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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Special is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Special

Ryan Hayes

Special (Netflix, 2019) is an American upcoming television comedy series created by Ryan O'Connell, who also stars, writes, and executive produces the series. Loosely autobiographical, the show ...more
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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

Jake Rodriguez
Anna Madrigal
DeDe Halcyon Day
Ben Marshall
Michael "Mouse" Tolliver

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Good Trouble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

 

Gael Martinez
Alice Kwan
Jazmin Martinez

 

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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Jinn
Salim

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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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