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

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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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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

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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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

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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

Jules Vaughn
Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Good Trouble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

 

Gael Martinez
Alice Kwan
Jazmin Martinez

 

Good Trouble (Freeform, 2019) is an American family drama television series, and a spinoff of The Fosters. Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana Foster (Cierra Ramirez) move to Los Angeles and ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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

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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
  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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

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