ByEmma Smith, writer at
Lover of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Obsessed with film and television as well as gaming. Part of the LGBTI+ community and proud.
Emma Smith

We have seen leaps and bounds in LGBT+ representation on TV these past few years, and some of them have even stayed alive more than two seasons! Here are the top 10 shows with LGBT+ characters that you just HAVE to see in 2017.

10. You, Me, Her

If you're in the mood for an amazing rom-com sitcom about a married couple who delve headfirst into a polyamorous relationship with another woman, then You, Me, Her is the show for you. This series is a hilarious, yet well-handled look into what life with a third partner can be like. Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix (with Season 2 soon to be released), with 10 half-hour episodes you can binge it in a day (and be left wanting more).

'You, Me, Her' [Credit: AT&T Originals / Audience Network]
'You, Me, Her' [Credit: AT&T Originals / Audience Network]

9. Sense8

There are so many things that make Sense8 a great LGBT+ show — the creators of have stated that all of the sensates are pansexual, Lito and Hernando are two men in a healthy and stable relationship, and the cherry on top of the LGBT+ cake is that Nomi Marks (a transgender character) is played by a transgender actor, Jaime Clayton! This show also stands on its own as a unique and interesting show unlike anything I have ever seen.

8. Orange Is The New Black

While this show might be starting to lose its core values, Orange is the New Black still stands as a good LGBT+ show — at least for the first two or three seasons. We've has some ups and down, but Piper, Alex, Nikki, Suzanne and Poussey are all amazingly flawed LGBT+ characters. Again, Sophia Burset (a transgender character) is played by a transgender actor Laverne Cox. About time, 2017!

'Orange is the New Black' [Credit: Netflix]
'Orange is the New Black' [Credit: Netflix]

7. The L Word

Pretty much a staple LGBT+ show for many (lesbians, I'm looking a you). While this show may not hold up well in 2017, it was a huge breakthrough for LGBT+ representation in television, with six seasons spanning from 2004 until 2009. Because of this show, we now see out and proud LGBT+ characters on numerous primetime TV networks. The creators of the L Word conveyed the joys and sorrows of the everyday lives of gay women. Their fight for equality was raw and genuine, the coming out process was confusing and authentic, and we'll never forget those sex scenes.

6. The 100

I tossed and turned a lot with adding The 100 to this list, but if you're willing to stop watching halfway through Episode 7 of Season 3, then The 100 is a well written show with a surprising LGBT+ twist in Season 2. Clarke and Lexa are an amazing relationship to follow, and even though we were royally f***** in the end, I can't say I ever regretted letting them into my little gay heart.

5. Lost Girl

Canada released the gayest show I have possibly seen in the sci-fi television series Lost Girl. It may not be well written, it may not be well acted, but my god is it gay. We follow a bisexual succubus Bo, who is stuck in a love triangle with a shape-shifter (Dyson) and Fae doctor (Lauren) and who kisses a lot of other people along the way in the four seasons of the show.

'Lost Girl' [Credit: Showcase]
'Lost Girl' [Credit: Showcase]

4. The Fosters

Stef and Lena are lesbian foster parents (hence the name) with a bunch of kids living with them. This show is a lot more PG than the others that I have mentioned above, but it is also a meaningful show that deals with important issues outside of the two main female characters being lesbians. There's also a beautifully told coming out storyline of a 6-year-old boy to The Fosters.

3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Of course, Buffy just has to make this list. was one of the first TV shows to have a relationship between two women — ever. It was also one of the first shows to have a queer female lead (Willow). You won't be getting too much LGBT+ representation until Season 4, but I highly recommend you start at the beginning because this show is all about female empowerment and feminism!

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' [Credit: Fox]
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' [Credit: Fox]

2. Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones FINALLY features Marvel's first openly lesbian character, Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss). She's a lawyer, she's confident, she is unforgivingly out and proud and, if I'm honest, she's a little scary (in that good way). is an amazingly sex-positive, queer-inclusive, badass show with a predominately female cast, and some truly flawless characters and acting.

'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]
'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]

1. One Day At A Time

Last (but certainly not least), I luckily stumbled across this Netflix original show when I was sick. One Day at a Time is a comedy-drama based off a 1975 series of the same name. It is full of sharp and witty writing and gives us an authentic look into the coming of age and coming out of a young Latina woman to her family. This show handles Elena's coming out (an outspoken feminist and a young, budding activist) with such delicacy and emotion, that I couldn't help but cry with how relatable her storyline was.


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