Will & Grace follows Will Truman (Eric McCormack), a gay lawyer, as he lives with his straight best friend, Grace Adler (Debra Messing), in New York City. The cast is rounded out with Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, who play Karen and Jack, respectively, the over-the-top foils (and fan favorites) to Will and Grace's more strait-laced characters.
The NBC show initially ran for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006 before being revived in 2017. The reboot ended its run after season 11 in 2020.
Where to watch: Hulu
Lena Waithe's portrayal of Denise on Netflix's Master of None is both critically acclaimed and a favorite of fans. Season one's "Thanksgiving" episode, which documents Waithe's character's coming out journey, earned Waithe an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017.
In season three, Denise becomes the central character, taking over for Aziz Ansari's Dev, with the five episodes chronicling the highs and lows of her love story with partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie).
Where to watch: Netflix
Schitt's Creek follows the once wealthy Rose family as they relocate to a small town they purchased as a joke gift. Despite their reduced circumstances, the Roses find love and support from their new neighbors and, for the first time, each other. Most important, Schitt's Creek is a town without hate, allowing the main character David Rose (Dan Levy) to openly explain his pansexuality using bottles of wine.
The L Word, a long-running series from Showtime, examines the love lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual and queer people living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood. After originally running for six seasons between 2004 and 2009, the series was rebooted to feature a new cast and some returning stars. The L Word: Generation Q is currently in its second season.
Where to watch: Showtime
From the genius mind of Ryan Murphy, Pose dives into New York City's drag ball culture of the '80s and '90s. The series tackles everything from the rise of the HIV/AIDs epidemic to gender identity to hate crimes to the idea of chosen family. While Pose boasts an incredible ensemble cast, standout performances by Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez resulted in Emmy nominations in 2021.
If only Sex Education was around when we were in high school. The Netflix comedy follows Otis (Asa Butterfield), the son of a sex therapist, who dishes out advice at school to his curious, revved up and insecure peers. Ncuti Gatwa plays Otis' best friend Eric, who goes on his own complicated journey after falling for his high school bully, Adam (Connor Swindells).
Based on the British series of the same name, Queer as Folk follows a group of gay men—played by Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige and others—as they live life and try to find love in Pittsburgh. The series debuted in 2000 and ran for five seasons.
A Latinx reimagining of Norman Lear's 1975 series, One Day at a Time follows single mom Penelope (Justina Machado) as she raises her kids and helps take care of her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno). In season one, episode 10, Penelope's daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) reveals she is a lesbian. While some of Elena's loved ones struggle to accept this at first, they eventually rally around the teen and love her for who she is.
One Day at a Time first debuted in 2017 and ran for three season before finding a new home for its fourth and final season on Pop TV.
Feel Good follows the modern love story of George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae (Mae Martin) as they navigate sexual identity, gender identity, addiction and more. The series is wildly honest and cheeky with its storytelling and features complex characters.
Looking takes a modern look—no pun intended—at the LGBTQ+ dating scene in San Francisco. The series stars Jonathan Groff as Patrick Murray, who tries to balance his career and love life with the help of his best friends Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett).
Looking ran for two seasons between 2014 and 2015, concluding with a 2016 movie.
Where to watch: HBO
In Vida, after their mother passes away, estranged sisters Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) are forced to return to their old Los Angeles neighborhood. During this time, the sisters both rekindle relationships with past lovers, explore their dreams and look to the future. The show takes a closer look at themes about sexual identity and gentrification that you won't want to miss.
Where to watch: Starz
Euphoria tackles the very real issues that teens are facing today: drug addiction, identity, mental heath issues, etc. At the forefront of the series is Zendaya's character Rue, a struggling-to-stay-sober teen who falls for her new BFF Jules (Hunter Schafer). As for Jules? The trans teen seems to reciprocate Rue's feelings, but still spends her evenings hooking up with older men.
Euphoria's first season premiered in 2019, with a second season set to debut sometime this year or early next year.
Special, a semi-autobiographical series by writer and actor Ryan O'Connell, follows a gay man with cerebral palsy as he tries to reinvent himself after years of being labeled by his disability. Season one premiered in 2019, with the comedy ending its run with a second season in 2021.
Gentleman Jack is a queer period drama following Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, a landowner determined to rebuild her family's estate in the 1830s. Along the way, Anne falls for the striking heiress Ann Walker, but can their love survive an era of prejudice and persecution?
The Spanish teen drama Elite follows three working-class teens who've found themselves enrolled in an exclusive private school. Like many teen dramas, romantic strife is at the heart of the show, including some love drama involving prominent queer characters.
Elite currently has four seasons under its belt.