TV Shows with LGBTQ+ Characters

Characters on television are more diverse than ever, and there's been a notable rise in the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters, reality stars, and talk show hosts. Series that feature diverse characters (Glee, The Fosters) as well as real-life inspirations and LGBTQ+ icons such as Laverne Cox and RuPaul continue to pave the way for even more representation on television. From the hilarious shenanigans on Modern Family to Ellen DeGeneres reminding viewers to "be kind to one another," these must-see TV shows (and stars) celebrate diversity and highlight the LGBTQ+ community in positive, relatable ways. For more great LGBTQ+ stories, check out our lists of books and movies with LGBTQ+ characters.

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The Bravest Knight TV Poster Image
Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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The Owl House TV Poster Image
Engaging, quirky fantasy series has broad viewing appeal.
Network: Disney Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV Poster Image
Likable '80s reboot features strong female heroine.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Cheer TV Poster Image
Tough love mixes with competition and positive messages.
Network: CMT
(2012)
(2012)
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV Poster Image
Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2011)
(2003)
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First Day TV Poster Image
Lovely, warm series about trans girl has some bullying.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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Butterfly TV Poster Image
Powerful, complex, mature drama dives into gender identity.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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I Am Jazz TV Poster Image
Transgender teen's reality show is positive, poignant.
Network: TLC
(2015)
(2015)
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Love, Victor TV Poster Image
Earnest LGBTQ film spin-off series is endearing and lovely.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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One Day at a Time TV Poster Image
Worthy update of classic sitcom has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2017)
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Xena: Warrior Princess TV Poster Image
Mythology and action-adventure for teens and up.
Network: Logo, Oxygen
(2004)
(1995)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Poster Image
Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
(1997)
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It Gets Better TV Poster Image
Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Modern Family TV Poster Image
Brilliant, poignant comedy series has mature content.
Network: ABC
(2009)
(2009)
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AJ and the Queen TV Poster Image
Language and mature humor in charming drag comedy.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Becoming Us TV Poster Image
Honest reality show about having transgender parent.
Network: Freeform
(2015)
(2015)
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Coming Out TV Poster Image
Docu shows emotional process of coming out of the closet.
Network: MTV
(2011)
(2011)
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Degrassi TV Poster Image
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(2001)
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The Fosters TV Poster Image
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
(2013)
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Glee TV Poster Image
Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.
Network: Fox
(2009)
(2009)
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Legendary TV Poster Image
Fierce dance competition has profanity, positive messages.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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My So-Called Life TV Poster Image
Mature teen angst at its best.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(1994)
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NightGowns TV Poster Image
Beautiful, emotionally deep drag docuseries charms.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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The Out List TV Poster Image
Poignant LGBTQ docu highlights respect, acceptance.
Network: HBO
(2013)
(2013)
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The Prancing Elites Project TV Poster Image
Male dance team faces prejudice, preaches tolerance.
Network: Oxygen
(2015)
(2015)
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The Real O'Neals TV Poster Image
Everyone has secrets in this challenging family comedy.
Network: ABC
(2016)
(2016)
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Schitt's Creek TV Poster Image
Great cast, positive messages in fish-out-of-water comedy.
Network: Pop TV
(2015)
(2015)
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The Other Two TV Poster Image
Frank sex and language, genuine family love in sweet comedy.
Network: Comedy Central
(2019)
(2019)
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The Trans List TV Poster Image
Poignant documentary promotes respect, empathy, advocacy.
Network: HBO
(2016)
(2016)
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TV Poster Image
Charming, quirky, hilarious comedy has rich characters.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Will & Grace TV Poster Image
Fun show about a strong friendship; rude jokes, sex, pills.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2005)
(1998)
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Gayme Show TV Poster Image
Edgy jokes, lots of gay culture references in fun game show.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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Gentleman Jack TV Poster Image
Unexpectedly gory violence in jaunty LGBTQ period piece.
Network: HBO
(2019)
(2019)
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Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word TV Poster Image
Intense interviews with transgender youth promote empathy.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2014)
(2014)
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My Mad Fat Diary TV Poster Image
Edgy but heartfelt British coming-of-age tale wows.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2015)
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Please Like Me TV Poster Image
Aussie show tackles tough issues with humor.
Network: Pivot
(2015)
(2014)
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Pose TV Poster Image
Groundbreaking series brings NYC drag ball culture to life.
Network: FX
(2018)
(2018)
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RuPaul's Drag Race TV Poster Image
Drag queen contest is campy, fun, has positive messages.
Network: Logo, VH1
(2009)
(2009)
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Tales of the City (2019) TV Poster Image
Revamp of groundbreaking series has nostalgia, inclusion.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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The Thing About Harry TV Poster Image
Sweet characters, some sex in cheesy-cute LGBTQ romcom.
Network: Freeform
(2020)
(2020)
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True Trans with Laura Jane Grace TV Poster Image
Gender-identity issues loom large on moving docuseries.
Network: AOL
(2014)
(2014)
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Difficult People TV Poster Image
Duo's comedy is snarky, sometimes hard to swallow.
Network: Hulu
(2015)
(2015)
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EastSiders TV Poster Image
Lots of sex, drinking in soapy LA-set LGBTQ comedy.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2016)
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Empire TV Poster Image
Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2015)
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Sex Education TV Poster Image
Quirky comedy has terrific premise, tons of mature content.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Super Drags TV Poster Image
Stereotypes, rude humor, strong LGBT love in campy cartoon.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Vida TV Poster Image
Sisters return to East L.A. in unique, tender drama.
Network: Starz
(2018)
(2018)
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Visible: Out on Television TV Poster Image
Docuseries about LGBTQ TV history inspires and informs.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Work In Progress TV Poster Image
Mature comedy is honest, irreverent, and heartfelt.
Network: Showtime
(2019)
(2019)
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The Bisexual TV Poster Image
Frank sex, great characters in mature queer dramedy.
Network: Hulu
(2018)
(2018)
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The L Word: Generation Q TV Poster Image
LGBTQ classic gets a solid reboot; sex and drama remain.
Network: Showtime
(2019)
(2019)
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Queer As Folk TV Poster Image
Groundbreaking LGBTQ series has lots of heart, sex, drugs.
Network: Showtime, Hulu, Netflix
(2017)
(2000)
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Transparent TV Poster Image
Darkly comic series tours gender identity, family dynamics.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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