Before Ellen outed herself on national TV, LGBT characters on TV were few and far between. But over the years, there were many TV couples that could've been outed if times had been different (very different), but they were instead portrayed as just almost gay. From shows like The Odd Couple and My Two Dads, to Bosom Buddies and Laverne & Shirley, here's a list of the top 10 almost-gay couples in TV history.
What are the best gay couples on TV? Or minimum, what are some of the famous gay couples on TV? There are a few to choose from, some you may have suspected, others you may not have. Take a look at these 10 examples and you may be surprised who is on this list.
The Odd Couple: Felix and Oscar. 1970 to 1975 on ABC. It starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
Here are the facts: Felix and Oscar are two divorced men. Felix is a neat freak while Oscar is sloppy and casual. They share the same apartment. Their different lifestyles inevitably lead to some conflicts and canned laughs — and they are very gay.
It's a little shocking that by the '70s the notion of two men with failed heterosexual relationships living together in a Manhattan apartment didn't ring any queer bells at the network.
Bonus: This clip features a young Betty White!see more on The Odd Couple
Bert and Ernie: two roommates on the long-running children's show Sesame Street. They are the Muppets version of The Odd Couple, and the sweetest almost-gay couple you'll ever meet.
Well, Ernie was anyway; Bert was kind of moody most of the time. And yes, I know they show them sleeping in separate beds, but Lucy and Ricky slept in separate beds too, and somehow we ended up having a little Ricky over on that show.
My Two Dads: Michael and Joey. 1987 to 1990 on NBC. Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser, and Greg Evigan.
The premise goes as follows: A single mother passes, leaving her daughter parentless. She never knew who the real father of her child was, so the two guys move in together and raise the child together.
This one is so obvious it hurts. So obvious even that 12-year-old version of me just assumed this was a show about gay parents when it premiered. But no, the producers had to concoct some story about a mom that we never see.see more on My Two Dads
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 to 1993 on NBC. Neil Patrick Harris is a teenage brilliant doctor who also faces the problems of being a normal teenager with his best friend, Delpino (Max Casella).
Okay, maybe this one is only on this list because we all thought there was something about Doogie that pings, and we were right years later.
Plus, just look at the cute teenage puppy love in that pic. It was like the gay Wonder Years.see more on Doogie Howser, M.D.