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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. 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

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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more
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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more
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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more
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Empire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more
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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Scream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 25 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