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

Updated October 16, 2020 7.7k votes 2.4k voters 63.4k views52 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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    Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

    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
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    Elite

    María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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    Love, Victor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    18

    Love, Victor

    Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz

    Premiered2020

    NetworkDisney+

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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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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
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    Runaways

    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

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    I Am Not Okay With This is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    7

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
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    Batwoman

    Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy

    Premiered2019

    NetworkThe CW

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    9-1-1: Lone Star is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    10

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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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
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    Special

    Ryan O'Connell, Julie Cude-Eaton

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

    Ryan Hayes

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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
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    Tales of the City

    Ellen Page, Laura Linney

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

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

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    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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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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    Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

    Lionel Higgins
    Silvio
    Neika Hobbs
    Conner
    Monique

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    Never Have I Ever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    10

    Never Have I Ever

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

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    The L Word: Generation Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
    50
    42

    The L Word: Generation Q

    Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey

    Premiered2019

    NetworkShowtime

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    Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Premiered2018

    NetworkThe CW

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    The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHulu

    Moira
    Emily/Ofglen/Ofsteven
    Sylvia
    Peter

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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
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    79

    Good Trouble

    Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez

    Premiered2019

    NetworkFreeform

    Gael Martinez
    Alice Kwan
    Jazmin Martinez

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

    Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira

    Premiered2019

    NetworkNetflix

    Eloide Davis
    Tabitha Foster

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

    Suranne Jones

    Premiered2019

    NetworkBBC One, HBO

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    13 Reasons Why 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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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    NetworkNetflix

    Courtney Crimsen
    Tony Padilla
    Ryan Shaver
    Todd Crimsen
    Steve Crimsen
    Brad

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    Queer Eye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
    10
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    Queer Eye

    Antoni Porowski, Tan France

    Premiered2018

    NetworkNetflix

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    Locke & Key is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    7

    Locke & Key

    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

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    Feel Good 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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    17

    Feel Good

    Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie

    Premiered2020

    NetworkChannel 4, Netflix

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    American Gods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

    NetworkStarz

    Bilquis
    Jinn
    Salim

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    Visible: Out on Television is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows With Gay Characters of the Last Few Years
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    Visible: Out on Television

    Wilson Cruz, Wanda Sykes

    Premiered2020

    NetworkApple TV+

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