Television - LGBT and gay theme

A list of popular LGBT and gay theme tv-shows. Join the discussion to recommend others.

I keep a separate list of favourite gay theme feature films, including made for tv movies and a list for short films.
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1.
Queer as Folk (1999 TV Series)
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Controversial Drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, and also 15 year old Nathan who is in love with Stuart (48 mins.)
“ The original UK version comprising 10 episodes over 2 seasons. In my collection on DVD. ” - ausrick
 
2.
Queer as Folk (2000 TV Series)
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The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (47 mins.)
“ Based on the UK version, the US Queer as Folk went for 5 seasons and included many great moments. In my collection on DVD. ” - ausrick
 
3.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
“ Based on a play of the same name, this is a not to be missed 6 hour mini-series. In my collection on DVD. ” - ausrick
 
4.
Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
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A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
“ Whilst not primarily a LGBT show, one of the lead characters throughout the 5 seasons, David Fisher has been cited as the first realistic portrayal of a gay lead male character on television and is popularly regarded as one of the most beloved characters of the series. In my collection on DVD. ” - ausrick
 
5.
Will & Grace (1998 TV Series)
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Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer. (22 mins.)
“ 8 wonderful seasons. I still enjoy W&G weekends where I relive some of the magical moments. In my collection on DVD. ” - ausrick
 
6.
The L Word (2004 TV Series)
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Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them. (50 mins.)
Director: Tricia Brock
 
7.
Noah's Arc (2005 TV Series)
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8.
Fingersmith (2005 Mini-Series)
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Susan "Sue" Trinder is a fingersmith (British slang for thief) who lives in the slums of London with... (181 mins.)
Director: Aisling Walsh
 
9.
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993 Mini-Series)
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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up). (360 mins.)
 
10.
Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (1998 Mini-Series)
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In this sequel to the controversial PBS mini-series, Mona Ramsey is on a cross-country trip that takes... (330 mins.)
 
11.
Further Tales of the City (2001 Mini-Series)
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This third installment to "Tales of the City" finds Mary Ann Singleton struggling to advance in her new career as a TV personality... (180 mins.)
 
12.
Tipping the Velvet (2002 Mini-Series)
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Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley. (177 mins.)
 
13.
Dante's Cove (2005 TV Series)
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A young couple must overcome dark, mystical forces conspiring against them.
“ 3 seasons. IC-DVD ” - ausrick
 
14.
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (2007 TV Series)
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Welcome to the gayest of gay ghettos, West Lahunga Beach, where Rick and Steve make their fabulously decorated double-income-no-kids home...
 
15.
The Big Gay Sketch Show (2006 TV Series)
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A sketch-comedy series featuring a cast of up-and-coming comics performing live skits, musical numbers and political satire.
 
16.
Queer Eye (2003 TV Series)
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Five gay men who specialize in fashion, food & wine, grooming, culture, and interior design go to the... (60 mins.)
 
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The Lair (2007 TV Series)
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The Lair is a private gay club run by vampires, who use the club as a source for attractive young men to feed from... (30 mins.)
 
19.
The DL Chronicles (2005 TV Series)
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The DL Chronicles is a series of short stories about men of color who lead double sex lives. Episode; Wes introduces us to Wes Thomas... (30 mins.)
 
20.
Exes & Ohs (2007 TV Series)
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Michelle Paradise stars as Jennifer, a documentary filmmaker with an active imagination and a shaky career...
 
21.
Shirts & Skins (2008 TV Series)
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A reality series that follows the players from San Francisco's star gay basketball team on and off the court. (30 mins.)
Director: Leola Westbrook
 
22.
Anyone But Me (2008 TV Series)
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When 16 year old Vivian McMillan has to move from New York City to the suburbs, her relationships, past and present...
 
23.
Chris & John's Road Trip! (2005 TV Series)
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'Chris & John's ROAD TRIP!' chronicles the crazy antics of culture aficionados and OUTtv personalities Chris & John as they travel from city to city on a summer-long road trip adventure. (24 mins.)
 
24.
Chris & John to the Rescue! (2006 TV Series)
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Best friends and self-proclaimed "culture aficionados" Chris and John come to the rescue of those in need of the duo's unique services. (24 mins.)
 
25.
Fire Island (1999 Mini-Series)
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Follow the real lives and loves of two summer-share households one gay male, the other lesbian on New York's Fire Island.
 
26.
Transamerican Love Story (2008 TV Series)
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A competition dating series starring trans-gender artist Calpernia Addams and hosted by comedian-actor Alec Mapa.
 
27.
Coming Out Stories (2006 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
28.
The House of Venus Show (2005 TV Series)
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"The House of Venus Show" is a half-hour variety show featuring comedic sketches, interviews and musical numbers...
 
29.
The Line of Beauty (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young man becomes attached to a family that's not his own, and casts himself into the life of plentiful riches and gay love affairs that he seems destined for. (59 mins.)
 
30.
Cambridge Spies (2003 Mini-Series)
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The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. (235 mins.)
 
31.
Glee (2009 TV Series)
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A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. (44 mins.)
 
32.
Skins (2007 TV Series)
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The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. (46 mins.)
 
33.
BoysTown (2008 TV Series)
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34.
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009 TV Series)
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RuPaul searches for America's next drag superstar. (45 mins.)
 
35.
Beautiful People (2008 TV Series)
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The story of the flamboyant and ambitious 14-year-old Simon Doonan, who has dreams that stretch beyond his hometown of Reading.
 
36.
Old Dogs & New Tricks (2011 TV Series)
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Does (sex) life end for gay men as they face 50? Watch Nathan, Brad, Muscles & Ross stumble through middle-age in an alternate universe called West Hollywood.
 
37.
Vicious (2013 TV Series)
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Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity. (23 mins.)
 
38.
Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (2012 Mini-Series)
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A story of love and death. Rasmus, 19, escapes to Stockholm and finds love in the religious Benjamin just as the AIDS epidemic hits the city's gay community. (174 mins.)
 
39.
Looking (2014 TV Series)
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The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco. (30 mins.)
 
40.
Sense8 (2015 TV Series)
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A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order. (60 mins.)