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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The 100 Grooviest LGBT Characters on Television

To celebrate today's Chicago Gay Pride Parade, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the 100 Grooviest LGBT Characters on Television, including series from the UK, Australia and Germany. I did not include any miniseries (Tales of the City, Angels in America), but I did choose a character from the anthology series, American Horror Story. It wasn't easy to narrow down my selections - or rank them in order - but hopefully your favorite characters are featured. Happy Pride!

1) Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), Will & Grace (1998–06)

2) Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres), Ellen (1994–98)

3) Steven Carrington (Al Corley, Jack Coleman), Dynasty (1981–88)

4) Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal), Soap (1977–81)

5) Brian Kinney (Gale Harold), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

6) Will Truman (Eric McCormack), Will & Grace (1998–06)

7) Matt Fielding (Doug Savant), Melrose Place (1992-97)

8) Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Glee (2009–Present)

9) Billy Douglas (Ryan Phillippe), One Life to Live (1992–93)

10) Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham), Number 96 (1972–77)

11) Luke Snyder (Van Hansis), As the World Turns (2005–10)

12) Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel, Christina Bennett Lind), All My Children (2000–Present)

13) Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), The L Word (2004-09)

14) Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane), Brothers & Sisters (2006-11)

15) Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), Glee (2010-Present)

16) Will Horton (Chandler Massey), Days of our Lives (2010–Present)

17) Christian Mann (Thore Schölermann), Verbotene Liebe (2006-12)

18) Oliver Sabel (Jo Weil), Verbotene Liebe (1999-Present)

19) Emmett Honeycutt (Peter Paige), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

20) Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz), My So-Called Life (1994-95)

21) Chris Keller (Christopher Meloni), Oz (1998-03)

22) Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Doctor Who (2005-10), Torchwood (2006-11)

23) David Fisher (Michael C. Hall), Six Feet Under (2001-05)

24) Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), Modern Family (2009–Present)

25) Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell), Guiding Light (1999–09)

26) Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

27) Ben Bruckner (Robert Gant), Queer as Folk (2002-05)

28) Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen), Oz (1997-03)

29) Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), Days of our Lives (2011–Present)

30) Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), Downton Abbey (2010-Present)

31) Sal Romano (Bryan Batt), Mad Men (2007-09)

32) Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), True Blood (2008-Present)

33) Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), Desperate Housewives (2004-12)

34) Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), Modern Family (2009–Present)

35) Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram (Leslie Jordan), Sordid Lives: The Series (2008)

36) Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), The L Word (2004-09)

37) Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-03)

38) Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Glee (2009–Present)

39) Michael Novotny (Hal Sparks), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

40) Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys), Brothers & Sisters (2006-11)

41) Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh), Coronation Street (1998–Present)

42) Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), Dawson's Creek (1998-03)

43) Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann), As the World Turns (2007–10)

44) Justin Suarez (Mark Indelicato), Ugly Betty (2006-10)

45) Russell Weller (David Marshall Grant), thirtysomething (1989-90)

46) Moira/Max Sweeney (Daniela Sea), The L Word (2006-09)

47) Colin Russell (Michael Cashman), EastEnders (1986–89)

48) Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley), Coronation Street (2001–Present)

49) Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), One Life to Live (2009–10)

50) Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan), 90210 (2009-13)

51) Wade "Unique" Adams (Alex Newell), Glee (2012-Present)

52) Marc St. James (Michael Urie), Ugly Betty (2006-10)

53) Blake Reilly (Mark Devlin), GCB (2012)

54) Marshall Gregson (Keir Gilchrist), United States of Tara (2009-11)

55) Sean Tully (Antony Cotton), Coronation Street (2004–Present)

56) Natalia Rivera (Jessica Leccia), Guiding Light (2007–09)

57) Dr. Lynn Carson (Donna Pescow), All My Children (1982–83)

58) Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), Grey's Anatomy (2006-Present)

59) C.J. Lamb (Amanda Donohoe), L.A. Law (1990-92)

60) Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson), Sex and the City (1998-04)

61) Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), The L Word (2004-09)

62) Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell), One Life to Live (2009–10)

63) Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels), The L Word (2004-07)

64) Ted Schmidt (Scott Lowell), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

65) Hank Eliot (Brian Starcher), As the World Turns (1988–89)

66) Michael Delaney (Chris Bruno), All My Children (1995–97)

67) Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam), Queer as Folk (UK/1999-00)

68) Max Blum (Adam Pally), Happy Endings (2011–13)

69) Officer John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Southland (2009-13)

70) Noah Nicholson (Darryl Stephens), Noah's Arc (2005-06)

71) Isabelle Hodes (Allie Grant), Weeds (2005-09)

72) Malcolm Laffley (Tuc Watkins), Beggars and Choosers (1999–01)

73) Cliff Waters (Paul Regina), Brothers (1984–89)

74) Donald Maltby (Philip Charles MacKenzie), Brothers (1984–89)

75) Calvin Owens (Paul James), Greek (2007-11)

76) Joan "The Freak" Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1982–86)

77) Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick), Six Feet Under (2001-05)

78) Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1999-02)

79) Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

80) Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie), Queer as Folk (2000-05)

81) Judy Bryant (Betty Bobbitt), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980-85)

82) Jessie Sammler (Evan Rachel Wood), Once and Again (1999-02)

83) Eric van der Woodsen (Connor Paolo), Gossip Girl (2007-11)

84) Toby Moraitis (Charlie David), Dante's Cove (2005–07)

85) David Murray (Justin Bartha), The New Normal (2012–13)

86) Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells), The New Normal (2012–13)

87) Tom Levitt (Christian Borle), Smash (2012-13)

88) Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes), ER (1995-07)

89) Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-13)

90) Brian (Scott Thompson), The Larry Sanders Show (1995–98)

91) Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez), The Office (2005–13)

92) Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), Glee (2009–Present)

93) Dudley Butterfield (Chard Hayward), Number 96 (1973–77)

94) Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi), The Good Wife (2009-Present)

95) Nancy Bartlett (Sandra Bernhard), Roseanne (1991–97)

96) Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann), Revenge (2011-Present)

97) Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon), Reno 911! (2003-09)

98) Mr. Humphries (John Inman), Are You Being Served? and Grace and Favour (1972-93)

99) Buddy Cole (Scott Thompson), The Kids in the Hall (1988-95)

100) Xena (Lucy Lawless), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-01)


joel65913 said...

Great list and I'm sure a lot of work! I would have put Mr. Humphreys higher since I always found him so delightful and rather boldly gay, if a stereotype, for the time period the show was on.

Marc said...

You're right, Joel, Mr. Humphries was a boldly gay character for the 1970s - and he probably does deserve a higher ranking. Thanks for the comment!