It might not be getting better for us in the real world, but it’s getting better in TV world if you go by the number of new and returning shows with a LGBT bent. Check out a whopping 25 choices to get your queer fix this season.
“American Horror Story: Cult” (Premiered Sept. 5 on FX) Out co-creator Ryan Murphy brought back a couple of his LGBT regulars in Sarah Paulson and Cheyenne Jackson, and added in Billy Eichner and Colton Haynes to boot.
“One Mississippi” (Premiered Sept. 8 on Amazon) It’s season 2 for lesbian comedienne Tig Notaro’s Amazon series, loosely based on her life, and co-starring her real-life wife, Stephanie Allynne.
“The Deuce” (Premiered Sept. 10 on HBO) Actor Chris Coy will reportedly play a gay bartender who befriends James Franco’s character Vincent Martino in this new series about the porn industry in 1970s New York.
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” (Premiered Sept. 10 on The Sundance Channel) Nicole Kidman plays a lesbian and adoptive mother to Elizabeth Moss’ character’s biological child, and “Game of Thrones” fave Gwendolyn Christie joins the season 2 cast as well.
“Broad City” (Premiered Sept. 13 on Comedy Central) Abbi and Ilana are back for season 4, and so is their gay BFF Jamie and Ilana’s gay brother, played by … her real-life gay brother.
“Gotham” (Premieres Sept. 21 on FOX) Queer characters Tabatha and Barbara return for season 4, as does out actor Robin Lord Taylor who plays show favorite The Penguin.
“Transparent” (Premieres Sept. 22 on Amazon) Bisexual actress Alia Shawkat (“Search Party”) guest stars and, of course, Jeffrey Tambor returns as the transgender matriarch of the Pfefferman clan.
“Star Trek: Discovery” (Premieres Sept. 25 on CBS) Out actor Anthony Rapp (of “Rent” fame) plays a gay scientist in this latest “Star Trek” iteration and his love interest is played by none other than Wilson Cruz (“My So-Called Life”).
“Young Sheldon” (Premieres Sept. 25 on CBS) The series follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he attends high school in southeast Texas, and Jim Parsons, the openly gay actor who originated the role on “The Big Bang Theory,” is on board as narrator and executive producer.
“Empire” (Premieres Sept. 27 on FOX) Out actor Jussie Smollett returns as the similarly out Jamal in season 4 of the prime-time soap, so expect more smooth singing from the heartthrob.
“Star” (Premieres Sept. 27 on FOX) Transgender actress (and Atlanta resident) Amiyah Scott returns as Carlotta’s trans daughter Cotton, who reportedly gets caught up in a love triangle this season.
“Modern Family” (Premieres Sept. 27 on ABC) It’s season 9 for the Dunphy-Pritchett clan, and that includes gay couple Cam and Mitch and their hilarious daughter Lilly.
“Grey’s Anatomy” (Premieres Sept. 28 on ABC) The medical drama is still kicking after 14 years, and so is lesbian character Arizona Robbins, who is newly single.
“How To Get Away With Murder” (Premieres Sept. 28 on ABC) Two things to keep an eye out for: Connor and Oliver are reportedly getting married and we might see the return of Annalise’s former lover, Eve (Famke Janssen).
“Will & Grace” (Premieres Sept. 28 on NBC) Here’s the biggie! We got a brief reunion of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen last fall with a 10-minute YouTube video, and the reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that they signed on for a 16-episode season.
“The Exorcist” (Premieres Sept. 29 on FOX) Season 2 of the show based on the 1970s horror classic will reportedly include a major character turning out to be bisexual.
“Scandal” (Premieres Oct. 5 on ABC) Stock up on the red wine because it’s the final season of “Scandal.” Cyrus Beene will reportedly become America’s first gay vice president, and don’t forget Huck, played by out actor Guillermo Diaz.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (Premieres Oct. 10 on The CW) Bisexual character White Canary returns for season 3 and this time, she’s got a new love interest named Lindsay Carlisle.
“Dynasty” (Premieres Oct. 11 on The CW) The character of Steven Carrington is still gay in this reboot of the ’80s prime time soap, but gold-digging woman Sammy Jo is now a gay man.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Premieres Oct. 13 on The CW) Out actor Vincent Rodriguez returns to the musical comedy, as do the characters (and couple) Darryl and White Josh.
“Jane the Virgin” (Premieres Oct. 13 on The CW) The CW doesn’t skimp on LGBT characters, and that includes this show as bisexual Rose and her girlfriend Luisa return.
“Mindhunter” (Premieres Oct. 13 on Netflix) Out actor Jonathan Groff (“Looking,” “Glee”) stars in this fact-based crime drama set in 1979 about FBI agents interviewing imprisoned serial killers in order to catch the ones still loose.
“The Walking Dead” (Premieres Oct. 22 on AMC) LGBT characters Aaron and Tara are still alive and kicking in season 8 of the AMC drama, but no one is ever truly safe in “Walking Dead” world.
“Search Party” (Premieres Nov. 19 on TBS) LGBT actors Alia Shawkat and John Early are back for season 2, which dispenses two episodes a week this time around.
“Marvel’s Runaways” (Premieres Nov. 21 on Hulu) This new series is about six teenagers – including lesbian Karolina Dean (played by Virginia Gardner) – from different backgrounds who unite against their evil parents.