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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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Élite is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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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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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Special is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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

Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more

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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

 

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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

Jeri Hogarth
Wendy Ross-Hogarth
Pam

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

Lionel Higgins
Silvio
Neika Hobbs
Conner
Monique

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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years

Moira
Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
Sylvia
Peter

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

Logan
Clementine Pennyfeather
Elsie Hughes

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

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