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

Updated December 9, 2020 9.0k votes 2.6k voters 70.4k views54 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, Victor1
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    Love, Victor

    Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz

    Premiered2020

    NetworkDisney+

    Love, Victor (Hulu, 2020) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by...  more
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    Elite

    María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

    Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos...  more
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  • Euphoria3
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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

    Jules Vaughn
    Katerine "Kat" Hernandez

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  • 9-1-1: Lone Star4
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    9-1-1: Lone Star

    Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler

    Premiered2020

    NetworkFox

    9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox, 2020) is an American procedural drama television series and a spinoff...  more
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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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  • I Am Not Okay With This6
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    I Am Not Okay With This

    Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series...  more
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    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

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  • Queer Eye8
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    Queer Eye

    Antoni Porowski, Tan France

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

    Queer Eye (Netflix, 2018) is an American reality series, and a reboot of the Bravo series. A...  more
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  • Tales of the City9
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    Ellen Page, Laura Linney

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

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

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    Ryan O'Connell, Julie Cude-Eaton

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

    Ryan Hayes

    Special (Netflix, 2019) is an American upcoming television comedy series created by Ryan...  more
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  • Locke & Key11
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    Locke & Key

    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    Locke & Key (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the comic book...  more
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  • Never Have I Ever12
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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...  more
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  • Black Lightning13
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    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Premiered2018

    NetworkThe CW

    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character...  more
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  • Riverdale14
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    NetworkThe CW

    Kevin Keller
    Moose Mason
    Joaquin
    Toni Topaz
    Cheryl Blossom

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    Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

    Eloide Davis
    Tabitha Foster

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  • Batwoman16
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    Javicia Leslie, Meagan Tandy

    Premiered2019

    NetworkThe CW

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  • The L Word: Generation Q17
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    Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey

    Premiered2019

    NetworkShowtime

    The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel...  more
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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

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    Courtney Crimsen
    Tony Padilla
    Ryan Shaver
    Todd Crimsen
    Steve Crimsen
    Brad

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    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

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    Lionel Higgins
    Silvio
    Neika Hobbs
    Conner
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    Carmen Maura, Cecilia Suárez

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    Someone Has to Die (Netflix, 2020) is a Spanish crime thriller television drama created by...  more
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    Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFreeform

    Gael Martinez
    Alice Kwan
    Jazmin Martinez

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    Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie

    Premiered2020

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    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

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    Moira
    Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
    Sylvia
    Peter

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    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

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    Bilquis
    Jinn
    Salim

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  • Gentleman Jack25
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    Suranne Jones

    Premiered2019

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