If you need more gay characters in your life, Netflix is the answer! Here are 21 shows featuring gay men that you can stream right now. For shows featuring lesbian characters, check out this list.
1) Queer as Folk
The Showtime drama Queer as Folk ran between 2000 and 2005, and was the first hour-long drama on American television to focus on the lives of gay men and lesbians. All five seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.
The musical comedy-drama show, Glee, featured multiple LGBT characters. Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson’s epic love story is one of the best TV romances of all time.
Though technically all of sensates are pansexual according to the show’s creators, closeted actor Lito and his boyfriend Hernando, who really knows how to do the glasses/beard thing, deserve a shout out.
The first and second season of Skins gave us Maxxie Oliver, a gay young adult character who is actually popular, talented, and fairly well-adjusted. That shouldn’t be a big deal, but unfortunately, it kind of is.
5) The Vampire Diaries
You’ll have to get through (or skip through) the first four seasons of The Vampire Diaries to see the first major gay character, but Luke Parker (Chris Brochu) is worth the wait.
Nefarious White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and his journalist husband, James Novak, are major characters throughout the first few seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ addictive drama.
7) The Flash
The CW’s reboot of The Flash features Patrick Sabongui as sarcastic, hardboiled Central City Police Captain David Singh, who comes out in an off-hand comment.
8) The Originals
The Vampire Diaries spinoff features openly gay vampire Josh (Stephen Krueger) who is introduced in Season One.
Shameless explores the tense (and arguably inappropriate) relationship between closeted teen, Ian Gallagher, and his older boss, Kash, with a sensitivity that’s not always characteristic of the show.
10) How to Get Away With Murder
Fan favorite, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), is an openly gay law student. The show’s steamy sex scenes do not disappoint.
11) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features Marvel’s first cinematic gay male hero, Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), who is an inhuman so hot he can melt metal.
12) The Tudors
Sadly, none of The Tudors’ gay storylines feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but the tragic love story between artist, Thomas Tallis, and closeted nobleman Sir William Compton, make it worth a watch.
13) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Roommate of Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Andromedon, has been criticized for playing to gay male stereotypes. Still, Broadway star Titus Burgess brings a little depth and a lot of perfect comedic timing to the role.
14) Degrassi: Next Class
Degrassi: Next Class handles LGBT storylines like it handles all Big Issue storylines—with all the subtlety of a peacock swallowing a live grenade. However, the show does feature two regular gay characters, Tristan and Vijay.
15) The Carrie Diaries
The Carrie Diaries features Brendan Dooling as Walt Reynolds, Carrie’s best friend who comes over the course of the show. Because the show is set in 1984 in New York City, HIV/AIDS is often discussed.
16) Warehouse 13
The sci-fi drama Warehouse 13 features Steve Jinks, also known as The Human Lie Detector, as a major, openly gay character.
17) United States of Tara
Though United States of Tara is mostly about giving Toni Collette some really intense clips for her reel, the show features Marshall Gregson as a gay teen character. His sexual orientation is presented as matter-of-fact.
18) Mad Men
Salvatore Romano, the Italian-American art director, struggles with staying closeted and 1960s workplace homophobia on the first few seasons of Mad Men. Poor Sal. Also, while it’s not confirmed, I don’t think anyone is buying that Bob Benson is straight.
19) Gossip Girl
Serena van der Woodsen’s little brother, Eric van der Woodson, comes out over the course of the show, though he rarely gets enough screen time.
20) The L Word
Remember Tom Mater? With the dimples, and the eyes, and the square jaw? Sexy interpreter for Jodi Lerner? Oh, then do you remember how he impregnated Max and left him when things got real? How could you, Tom? We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.
21) House of Cards
Though Frank Underwood and many of his male conquests (let’s not call them relationships) are bisexual, the Michael Corrigan storyline in Season Three is horrifying, heart wrenching, and completely worth the watch.