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

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Updated July 6, 2020 12k votes 2.2k voters 59.6k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows with LGBT characters that premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

As LGBT representation continues to be on the rise in media, many new television series feature prominent lesbian, gay, or bisexual characters. Since 2017, 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? Euphoria features the breakout characters Rue and Jules, who take the viewers on a journey through their experiences with drugs, relationships, and identity discovery. Love, Victor gives us a wholesome spinoff of Love, Simon with even more gay leads. Riverdale features several gay characters, including Cheryl Blossom, Toni Topaz, and Kevin Keller. Other good current shows with gay characters include Batwoman, I Am Not Okay With This, and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.

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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Premiered: 2019

Network: HBO

Jules Vaughn
Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

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Elite is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
MarĂ­a Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Network: The CW

Kevin Keller
Moose Mason
Joaquin
Toni Topaz
Cheryl Blossom

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Runaways Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner

Premiered: 2017

Network: Hulu

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Lionel Higgins
Silvio
Neika Hobbs
Conner
Monique

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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson

Premiered: 2019

Network: The CW

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Courtney Crimsen
Tony Padilla
Ryan Shaver
Todd Crimsen
Steve Crimsen
Brad

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Special is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Special Ryan O'Connell, Julie Cude-Eaton, Samantha Lee

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

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) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

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

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Network: Hulu

Moira
Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
Sylvia
Peter

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Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez

Premiered: 2020

Network: Disney+

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Good Trouble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Tommy Martinez

Premiered: 2019

Network: Freeform

Gael Martinez
Alice Kwan
Jazmin Martinez

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 2017

Network: Starz

Bilquis
Jinn
Salim

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Network: CBS All Access

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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig

Premiered: 2019

Network: Showtime

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Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Eloide Davis
Tabitha Foster

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Feel Good is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie, Phil Burgers

Premiered: 2020

Network: Channel 4, Netflix

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Network: The CW

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Suranne Jones

Premiered: 2019

Network: BBC One, HBO

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

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

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22
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Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Premiered: 2017

Network: FX

Lenny Busker
Clark

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Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Premiered: 2017

Network: Fox, Hulu

Bortus
Klyden

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The Good Fight Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie

Premiered: 2017

Network: CBS All Access

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I Am Not Okay With This ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sofia Bryant

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

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