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

Updated May 13, 2021 9.4k votes 2.7k voters 75.2k views55 items

List RulesVote 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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    Love, Victor

    Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz

    PremieredJune 17, 2020

    NetworkHULUOV

    Love, Victor (Hulu, 2020) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, inspired by and set in the same world as the 2018 film of the same name....  more

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    Elite

    Arón Piper, Miguel Bernardeau

    PremieredOctober 5, 2018

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    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 private...  more

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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney

    PremieredJune 16, 2019

    NetworkHBO

    Jules Vaughn
    Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

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    9-1-1: Lone Star

    Karena Teo, Jeffrey Cheng

    PremieredJanuary 26, 2016

    NetworkFox

    9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox, 2020) is an American procedural drama television series and a spinoff of 9-1-1. The show follows a sophisticated New York cop (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to...  more

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    I Am Not Okay With This

    Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2020

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series created, directed, written, and executive produced by Jonathan Entwistle and Christy Hall. Sydney (Sophia...  more

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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch

    PremieredOctober 26, 2018

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    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) must...  more

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    Runaways

    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

    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....  more

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    Locke & Key

    Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2020

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    Locke & Key (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the comic book series by Joe Hill. After their father is murdered, three children move into a new home where they find...  more

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    Queer Eye

    Antoni Porowski, Tan France

    PremieredJuly 16, 2017

    NetworkNational Geographic Wild

    Queer Eye (Netflix, 2018) is an American reality series, and a reboot of the Bravo series. A new Fab Five set out to Atlanta to help the city's straight men refine their wardrobes, grooming, diet,...  more

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    Tales of the City

    Laura Linney, Elliot Page

    PremieredJune 7, 2019

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

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

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    Special

    Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht

    PremieredApril 12, 2019

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    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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    Never Have I Ever

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    Never Have I Ever (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. The series follows the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian...  more

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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    PremieredJanuary 16, 2018

    NetworkCW Network

    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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    Trinkets

    Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell

    PremieredJune 14, 2019

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    Eloide Davis
    Tabitha Foster

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    Someone Has to Die

    Alejandro Speitzer, Carlos Cuevas

    PremieredOctober 16, 2020

    NetworkNETFMOV

    Someone Has to Die (Netflix, 2020) is a Spanish crime thriller television drama created by Manolo Carz. The series revolves around a young man who goes to Mexico for an arranged marriage, however he...  more

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    Batwoman

    Javicia Leslie, Meagan Tandy

    PremieredOctober 6, 2019

    NetworkCW Network

    Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series originally based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. When Kate Kane's (Ruby Rose) Batsuit is...  more

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    The L Word: Generation Q

    Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig

    PremieredDecember 8, 2019

    NetworkSHOWTIME

    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), and...  more
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    Riverdale

    K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart

    PremieredJanuary 26, 2017

    NetworkCW Network

    Kevin Keller
    Moose Mason
    Joaquin
    Toni Topaz
    Cheryl Blossom

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    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell

    PremieredApril 28, 2017

    NetworkNetflix (U.S.)

    Lionel Higgins
    Silvio
    Neika Hobbs
    Conner
    Monique

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    Feel Good

    Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-joong

    PremieredAugust 12, 2017

    NetworkTVNKOR

    Feel Good (Netflix, 2020) is a British comedy-drama television series created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson. A recovering addict and comedian (Martin) tries to control her drug habits, while...  more

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    Good Trouble

    Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFreeform

    Gael Martinez
    Alice Kwan
    Jazmin Martinez

    Good Trouble (Freeform, 2019) is an American family drama television series, and a spinoff of The Fosters created by Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg, and Peter Paige. Callie (Maia Mitchell) and...  more

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    Gentleman Jack

    Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

    Gentleman Jack (HBO, 2019) is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright.In 1832, Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) returns to Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in West...  more

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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    PremieredMay 14, 2015

    NetworkKirkwood Community College - KTS

    Courtney Crimsen
    Tony Padilla
    Ryan Shaver
    Todd Crimsen
    Steve Crimsen
    Brad

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    You

    Penn Badgley, Luca Padovan

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2018

    NetworkLifetime

    You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on his...  more

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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    PremieredApril 26, 2017

    NetworkHULUOV

    Moira
    Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
    Sylvia
    Peter

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