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This is a listing of dramatic television series and miniseries that feature prominent LGBT characters:

Year Title Network Character name Actor Notes
2007 - Skins E4 Maxxie Oliver Mitch Hewer Maxxie is portrayed as a gay teenager and known as one of the most popular members of the cast.
2007 - Dirty Sexy Money ABC Patrick Darling IV
William Baldwin
Candis Cayne
Darling, a United States Senate candidate, is carrying an affair with the transgendered Carmelita, the latest of several such affairs.
2007 - Damages FX Ray Fiske Željko Ivanek Fiske is the lead attorney on the series' central case. He is closeted and concealing a relationship with a key witness.
2007 - Mad Men AMC Salvatore Romano
Bryan Batt
Kate Norby
Sal is a closeted member of the ad agency's art department. Carol is the roommate of (and in love with) the office manager, Joan.
2007 Jekyll BBC One Miranda Calendar
Meera Syal
Fenella Woolgar
Miranda is a lesbian private investigator. Min is her partner and is having their baby.
2007 - The Best Years The N (U.S.) Lee Campbell Alan Van Sprang Lee owns local hot spot nightclub Colony. He is bisexual and HIV-positive.
2007 - Greek ABC Family Calvin
Paul James
Zack Lively
Calvin is a young African American man who has a boyfriend but is in the closet. He is inadvertently outed in the first season finale.
2007 - The Tudors Showtime (US)
CBC (Canada)
Thomas Tallis
William Compton
Joe Van Moyland
Kristen Holden-Ried
Historical figure Tallis is portrayed as being involved in a sexual relationship with nobleman Compton, although there is no supporting historical evidence.
2007 - Dirt FX Leo Spiller
Jack Dawson
Tina Harrod
Will McCormack
Grant Show
Carly Pope
Jennifer Aniston
Leo is lead character Lucy Spiller's bisexual brother. Jack is a closeted movie star. Garbo is a lesbian drug dealer. Tina Harrod is a lesbian editor who used to have a sexual relationship with straight-identified Lucy Spiller. Other lead characters Julia Mallory and Willa McPherson experiment with bisexuality.
2006 - Sleeper Cell: American Terror Showtime Salim
Omid Abtahi
Michael Rady
Salim is a gay Muslim terrorist. Jason is the man he begins developing a relationship with.
2006 - Torchwood BBC Three (UK) Jack Harkness
Ianto Jones
Toshiko Sato and others
John Barrowman
Gareth David-Lloyd
Naoko Mori and others
The series' creator, Russell T. Davies (who is gay), has described Torchwood as "a very bisexual series" and has said that all the regular cast members will have same-sex kisses or encounters on-screen in the first series. The lead character, Captain Jack Harkness, was previously established on Doctor Who as bisexual or pansexual. Ianto begins the series in a secretive heterosexual relationship, but eventually enters a sexual relationship with Jack. Toshiko is similarly, bisexual, entering a relationship with a woman named Mary while attracted to teammate Owen. Jack's namesake from 1941 was also revealed to be gay.
2006 - Ugly Betty ABC Marc St. James
Justin Suarez
Alexis Meade
Cliff St. Paul
Michael Urie
Mark Indelicato
Rebecca Romijn
David Blue
Marc is the openly gay personal assistant of the fashion editor at MODE magazine. Justin is Betty's nephew, but his true sexual orientation has yet to be acknowledged on the show. Alexis (formerly Alex) is an MTF transsexual and the sibling of lead character Daniel. Cliff is a fashion photographer and Marc's boyfriend as of season two.
2006- Brothers & Sisters ABC Kevin Walker
Scotty Wandell
Chad Barry
Jason McCallister
Saul Holden
Matthew Rhys
Luke Macfarlane
Jason Lewis
Eric Winter
Ron Rifkin
Kevin is a gay attorney who is searching for a romantic partner. Scotty is Kevin's former boyfriend. Chad is a bisexual love interest for Kevin. Jason McCallister is the brother of Senator Robert McCallister and a Methodist minister and is Kevin's current boyfriend. Saul acknowledged to his sister that years previously he had been in love with another man.
2006- Sinchronicity BBC Three Jase
Daniel Percival
Navin Chowdhry
John Sheahan
Jase is a closeted man who finds a male lover, Mani. Faye is a pre-op male-to-female transsexual.
2005 - South of Nowhere The N Spencer Carlin
Ashley Davies
Gabrielle Christian
Mandy Musgrave
2005 - Fingersmith BBC Sue Trinder
Maud Lilly
Sally Hawkins
Elaine Cassidy
2005 Commander in Chief ABC Vince Taylor Anthony Azizi Vince is the Special Aide to the President. In Episode 8, it is revealed that he is gay and has been found to have HIV.
2005 The Book of Daniel NBC Peter Webster Christian Campbell Peter is Daniel's 23-year-old gay Republican son.
2005 Inconceivable NBC Scott Garcia David Norona Scott is a gay attorney who works at the Family Options Fertility Clinic. In the pilot episode, he and his partner have their child.
2005 Eyes ABC Chris Didion Rick Worthy Canceled series
2005 - Everwood WB Kyle Hunter Steven R. McQueen Kyle is the sensitive gay character and music student tutored by lead character Ephram Brown. Ephram is sensitive and accepting of Kyle and helps him come out. Steven R. McQueen is the grandson of US actor Steve McQueen.
2005 - Sugar Rush Channel 4 (UK) Kim Olivia Hallinan
2005 - Doctor Who BBC (UK) Captain Jack Harkness John Barrowman Openly bisexual character from the 51st Century; Jack was spun off into the series Torchwood in Autumn 2006 on BBC Three
2005 - Beating Heart MBC Kim Hae-jung Harisu Hae-jung is an MTF transsexual and sibling of lead character Kim Chang-wan.
2004 - 2007 Veronica Mars UPN Seth Rafter
Marcos Oliveres
Kelly Kuzzio
Kylie Marker
Marlena Nichols
Peter Ferrer
Cassidy Casablancas
Woody Goodman
Robert Clark
Bradford Anderson
Jeremy Ray Valdez
Lucas Grabeel
Kristin Cavallari
Miriam Korn
Luke Frydenger
Kyle Gallner
Steve Guttenberg
There are a number of positively portrayed minor gay characters in Veronica Mars, although for most being gay is as incidental to their characters, similar to their portrayal of ethnic minorities. Series two villain Cassidy Casablancas was frequently hinted to be gay, his inability to cope caused by his sexual molestation by little league coach Woody Goodman. A number of minor characters appeared in side-plots about outing which foreshadowed some of the revelations about Cassidy.
2004 Rescue Me FX Mike Silletti Michael Lombardi (aka Mike Lombardi) Silletti (aka "Probie") initially secretly receives oral sex from a queer construction worker roommate, who later outs him to the other firefighters at Silletti's hall. Silletti then self-identifies as bisexual, but later reverts to stating he is heterosexual.
2004 Jack & Bobby The WB Jimmy McCallister Tom Cavanagh Brother of Grace McCallister and uncle to the boys. Also a gay teenager character who commits suicide which emotionally affects Jack.
2004 Hex Arena (Aus)
Sky One (UK)
Thelma Bates
Peggy the Ghost
Maya Robertson
Jemima Rooper
Katy Carmichael
Laura Donnelly
Samuel Collings
Major Character, Lesbian Ghost.
Lesbian ghost in first season
Season 2 Ep 8-11, Lesbian Ghost - Explicit Sex Scene
Gay male ghost
Strangely, almost every "ghost" on Hex was gay.
2004 Shameless Channel 4 (UK) Ian Gallagher
Kash Karib
Monica Gallagher
Gerard Kearns
Chris Bisson
Lindsey Dawson
Annabelle Apsion
Dystin Johnson
2004 Wonderfalls Fox Sharon Tyler
Katie Finneran
Kari Matchett
Sharon inadvertently came out in the first episode. She and Beth (who was bisexual) dated throughout the series.
2004 Desperate Housewives ABC Andrew Van De Kamp
Peter McMillan
Shawn Pyfrom
Ryan Carnes
Tuc Watkins Kevin Rahm
Lee Tergesen
Manipulative Andrew claims to be gay but confesses to be bisexual. Andrew's boyfriend Justin is gay. Peter McMillan, is the bisexual boyfriend of Andrew's mother. Bob and Lee, a gay couple, move onto Wisteria Lane during the 4th season.
2004 The L Word Showtime Bette Porter
Dana Fairbanks
Marina Ferrer
Tina Kennard
Shane McCutcheon
Alice Pieszecki
Jenny Schecter
Jennifer Beals
Erin Daniels
Karina Lombard
Laurel Holloman
Katherine Moennig
Leisha Hailey
Mia Kirshner
2004 - Entourage HBO Lloyd Rex Lee Assistant to super-agent Ari Gold.
2004 - Noah's Arc Logo Noah Nicholson
Alex Kirby
Ricky Davis
Chance Counter
Wade Robinson
Darryl Stephens
Rodney Chester
Christian Vincent
Doug Spearman
Jensen Atwood
Shows the lives of a small group of black gay friends living in the Los Angeles, California area.
2003 - 2005 Carnivàle HBO Gecko
Libby Dreifuss
John Fleck
Clea DuVall
Carla Gallo
Gecko, the show's "lizard man," has dialogue that indicates he is gay or bisexual. Fortune teller Sophie seduces cootch dancer Libby.
2003 Angels in America HBO Prior Walter
Louis Ironson
Joe Pitt
Roy Cohn
Justin Kirk
Ben Shenkman
Patrick Wilson
Al Pacino
Chronicles AIDS in the 1980s
2003 Crystal Boys PTS A-Qing
Zhao Ying
Fan Chi-wei
Yang Youning
2003 The O.C. FOX Marissa Cooper
Carson Ward
Mischa Barton
Olivia Wilde
Brian McNamara
Marissa has a lesbian affair with Alex, who is bisexual.
Luke's father Carson is gay.
2003 One Tree Hill WB Anna Daniela Alonso Anna is a bisexual Latina
2003 Nip/Tuck FX Networks Liz Cruz
Sophia Lopez
Ava Moore
Dr. Quentin Costa
Kit McGraw
Cherry Peck
Julia McNamara
Olivia Lord
Roma Maffia
Jonathan Del Arco
Famke Janssen
Bruno Campos
Rhona Mitra
William Belli
Joely Richardson
Portia de Rossi
Liz Cruz is openly lesbian.
Sophia Lopez's transgenderism is the trigger of a significant story arc in Season 1.
At the second season's finale, Ava Moore is revealed to be a transsexual, which causes deep consequences in the series.
Dr. Quentin Costa is openly bisexual.
Detective Kit McGraw is bisexual.
Cherry Peck is a trangender who plays a significant role in Season 3. Julia was married to Dr. Sean McNamara but following their divorce has fallen in love with Olivia.
2002 The Shield FX Networks Julien Lowe Michael Jace
2002 Tipping the Velvet BBC Two Nan Astly
Kitty Butler
Diana Lethaby
Florence Banner
Zena Blake
Rachael Stirling
Keeley Hawes
Anna Chancellor
Jodhi May
Sally Hawkins
2002 The Wire HBO Kima Greggs
Omar Little
Sonja Sohn
Michael K. Williams
Kima and Omar are both consistently gay ensemble members. Throughout the show they each have multiple partners.
2001-2002 100 Centre Street A&E Judge Attallah "Queenie" Sims LaTanya Richardson
2001 Further Tales of the City Showtime, Channel 4 Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Paul Hopkins
Billy Campbell
Françoise Robertson
From the Armistead Maupin book.
2001-2005 Six Feet Under HBO David Fisher
Keith Charles
Michael C. Hall
Mathew St. Patrick
Interracial gay relationship among lead characters
2001- Degrassi: The Next Generation CTV, The N Marco Del Rossi
Dylan Michalchuk
Paige Michalchuk
Alex Nuñez
Adamo Ruggiero
John Bregar
Lauren Collins
Deanna Casaluce
Marco is gay
Dylan is Marco's boyfriend, also Paige's older brother
Paige is bisexual
Alex is lesbian and Paige's ex-girlfriend
2001-2002 The Education of Max Bickford CBS Erica Bettis Helen Shaver Erica used to be a man named Steve; she went through a sex reassignment surgery.
2001-2005 24 FOX Mandy Mia Kirshner Mandy is bisexual.
2001 Metrosexuality Channel 4 Max
Rikki Beadle-Blair
Karl Collins
Paul Keating
Davey Fairbanks
Carleen Beadle
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Sci Fi Channel Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Ian McNeice The wicked Baron survives an assassination attempt which involves planting a poisoned needle in the body of one of his male slave lovers.
2000-2002 Dark Angel FOX Original Cindy Valarie Rae Miller African-American lesbian as main cast member.
2000-2005 Queer as Folk (U.S.) Showtime Melanie Marcus
Ben Bruckner
Lindsay Peterson
Brian Kinney
Justin Taylor
Ted Schmidt
Emmett Honeycutt
David Cameron
Michael Novotny
Vic Grassi
Michelle Clunie
Robert Gant
Thea Gill
Gale Harold
Randy Harrison
Scott Lowell
Peter Paige
Chris Potter
Hal Sparks
Jack Wetherall
U.S. remake of earlier UK series
1999-2000 Queer as Folk (UK) Channel 4 Stuart Alan Jones
Vince Tyler
Nathan Maloney
Aidan Gillen
Craig Kelly
Charlie Hunnam
1999-2002 Once and Again ABC Jessie Sammler Evan Rachel Wood
1999-2007 The Sopranos HBO Vito Spatafore Joseph R. Gannascoli The character of Vito was murdered in season 6 as a result of being gay.
1999-2001 Los Beltrán Telemundo Fernando Salazar
Kevin Lynch
Gabriel Romero
James C. Leary
Fernando and Kevin were the first openly gay characters and the first same-sex couple to marry on Spanish-language television.
1998 More Tales of the City Showtime
Channel 4
Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Paul Hopkins
Billy Campbell
Cynda Williams
From the Armistead Maupin book.
1997 - 2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer The WB, UPN Willow Rosenberg
Tara Maclay
Larry Blaisdell
Andrew Wells
Scott Hope
Alyson Hannigan
Amber Benson
Iyari Limon
Larry Bagby
Tom Lenk
Fab Filippo
Larry was a gay jock/bully in seasons 2 and 3. Andrew's homosexuality was heavily implied. Scott Hope was a character in season three who was revealed to be in gay in season seven.
1997 - 2003 Oz HBO Tobias Beecher
Christopher Keller
Alonzo Torquemada
Lee Tergesen
Christopher Meloni
Bobby Cannavale
Toby and Chris have an intense love/hate relationship.
1996 - 2000 Profiler NBC George Fraley Peter Frechette While he was a main character his being gay was only referenced a couple of times.
1994 - ER NBC Kerry Weaver
Yosh Takata
Maggie Doyle
Kim Legaspi
Sandy Lopez
Courtney Brown
Laura Innes
Gedde Watanabe
Jorja Fox
Elizabeth Mitchell
Lisa Vidal
Michelle Hurd
1994 - 1995 My So-Called Life ABC Enrique `Rickie' Vasquez Wilson Cruz Later aired in repeats on MTV
1993 - 2005 NYPD Blue ABC Lt. Thomas Bale
PAA John Irvin
Currie Graham
Bill Brochtrup
1993 Wild Palms ABC Tully Woiwode
Tommy Lazlo
Nick Mancuso
Ernie Hudson
1993 Tales of the City PBS, Channel 4 Anna Madrigal
Michael Tolliver
Jon Fielding
D'orothea/Dorothy Wilson
Olympia Dukakis
Marcus D'Amico
Billy Campbell
Cynda Williams
First gay kiss on prime-time television. Resulted in Congressional investigation into U.S. public TV. From the Armistead Maupin book.
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit BBC Jess Charlotte Coleman Lesbian schoolgirl grows up in a repressive Lancashire industrial district, finds love. 2hrs 45 mins; three episodes.
1987-1991 thirtysomething ABC
Russell Weller
Peter Montefiore

David Marshall Grant
Peter Frechette
First primetime television program to show two men in bed together (1989). Resulted in sponsor boycott. David Marshall Grant is a writer for Brothers & Sisters beginning in 2006.
1988-1989 Heartbeat ABC Marilyn McGrath
Gail Strickland McGrath was a nurse practitioner with a chef girlfriend.
1986-1994 L.A. Law NBC C. J. Lamb
Amanda Donohoe Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb was a British born bisexual lawyer who had a brief involvement with Abby Perkins (Michelle Greene). The two shared a screen kiss in 1991 and it was implied they took the relationship further after they agreed to go on a date (off camera), however this was during Greene's final episodes for the series and so their "onscreen" relationship was never developed further for the audience. It was stated the two were still in contact during the following season, though to what extent was not made clear. Donohoe also left the series the following year, but had another same-sex partner during her final season, with whom she had previously been involved.
1986 Dress Gray NBC Cadet David Hand Patrick Cassidy Mini-series about the investigation of Hand's murder; character is seen mostly in flashback.
1984 Celebrity NBC Mack Crawford Joseph Bottoms Mini-series spanning the life of three famous friends from 1950 to 1975.
1983 One Summer ITV (Yorkshire) Kidder James Hazeldine 5-part drama series about two teenage boys from Liverpool who run away to Wales. They stay with a reclusive painter (Kidder) who is gay.
1981 Brideshead Revisited Granada Television (UK)
Charles Ryder
Sebastian Flyte
Jeremy Irons
Anthony Andrews

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