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12 Television Shows with Gay Dad Characters

In recent years, we've noticed an exciting trend: gay dads seem to be gracing our television sets much more frequently these days. In fact, we found 12 television shows that have featured gay dad characters in recent years. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

Grace & Frankie

In this Netflix original series, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston play gay dads who come out to their wives and children well past their primes. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda play the ex-wives, rounding out the star-studded cast. Now in its third season, the show has been well received and sheds an interesting light on the complications involved with fathers who come out later in life.

Six Feet Under

Well before Modern Family's Mitch and Cam began normalizing the idea of gay fathers in America's heartland each week, there was 6 Feet Under's David and Keith. The show, which started in 2001 and ran for 5 seasons, was widely praised for being one of the first to offer a more realistic portrayal of a gay male couple. In the last season, when David and Keith decide to adopt a pair of brothers from the foster care system, the show was once again praised for becoming one of the first to depict gay parents on television.

Marry Me

This short lived NBC comedy featured two gay dads, both named Kevin. The characters were played by Dan Bucatisnky and Tim Meadows, who were fathers to the newly engaged Annie. Astute observers of gay dad television history will note that Dan Bucatinsky doesn't only play a gay dad on T.V. He's one in real life, too!

Brothers & Sisters

This favorite family drama, which ran on ABC for five seasons, feature gay dads Kevin and Scotty, played by Matthew Rhys and Luke Macfarlane. More than many other shows on this list, Brothers & Sisters explores some of the struggles gay men face as they attempt to decide which path to fatherhood to pursue.

The New Normal

This short lived NBC comedy followed Bryan, played by Andrew Rannells, and David, played by Justin Bartha, during their path to parenthood with their surrogate played by Georgia King. The show received mixed reviews, and was canceled after just one season.

Glee

It was revealed in Season 1 of the musical-comedy T.V. show Glee that one of the main character's of the show, Rachel, played by Lea Michele, was raised by two dads. But these characters weren't cast until season 3, when Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell joined the cast as Rachel's dads.

Girls

In Season 4 Episode 8 of HBO's hit, Girls, Lena Dunham's character, Hannah, finds out her father, played by Peter Scolari, is gay. Interestingly, Andrew Rannells's character Elijah (who himself plays a gay T.V. dad in The New Normal) foretold this development way back in Season 1, when he yells at Hannah during a fight: "It's nice to see you. Your dad is gay."

Sean Saves the World

In this NBC sitcom, single gay dads finally found their spot on prime time. In the show, Sean Hayes plays a divorced gay father to his 14-year-old daughter. The show was unfortunately not well received, and was canceled after just one season. Here's hoping for some more single gay dad representation on T.V. in the near future!

Loud House

In 2016, gay dads make their debut on the kids network Nickelodeon on the animated show "Loud House." The biracial couple was voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McBride. Despite some minor complaining from conservative groups, the inclusion of gay dads in the episode was widely applauded.

Modern Family

And of course we have our trailblazers Mitch & Cam, who first graced the airwaves 8 years ago. With Season 9 in the works, these dads still reign supreme, even if their character lines are a little less "modern" than some of their contemporaries.

Big Little Lies

Did those gay dads on HBO's Big Little Lies look familiar? They should have! Actors Larry Sullivan and David Monahan previously starred with their son in this sweet Cambell's soup ad.

13 Reasons Why

Okay, the gay dads on 13 Reasons Why may be such minor characters as to only be known as "Courtney's Dad" in Netflix's recent breakout hit. But they are still gay dads on T.V.! So we're counting them. They also feature prominently into Courtney's character development in important and surprising ways.

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