In 2018, the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians struck box office gold by bringing in nearly $250 million worldwide. It was the first US movie to have an all-Asian cast in over 25 years, and the film’s success sparked a host of new Asian TV series for 2019. Here’s a look at the best current Asian TV shows.
In 2017, there were only two television shows in the US that featured an Asian American lead: Fresh off the Boat and Master of None. That figure has grown significantly in just one year, and it’s only going to get bigger as more shows with Asian and Asian American casts are added to channel lineups. In November of 2018, Netflix, the streaming service that can be found in 190 countries around the world, announced that it was planning to produce 17 new Asian original series and films from Japan, Thailand, India, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Asians in entertainment are finally getting the spotlight. From comedies to period dramas, here are the best current Asian TV series. Which current Asian TV shows do you love the most or can't wait to watch? Let us know by voting thumbs up or down in the list below.
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Genres: Comedy, RomanceMy First First Love (Netflix, 2019), also known as Because It's My First Love, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Due to various personal reasons, some of Yun Tae-o's friends move... more
Genres: Drama, RomanceLove Alarm (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series, based on the 2014 webtoon by Chon Kye-young. In a world in which an app alerts people if someone in the vicinity likes... more
Genres: Comedy, KidsAndi Mack is an American comedy-drama series that premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2017. Andi Mack is turning 13 when her older sister Bex returns home. Andi works through her teenage life,... more
Genres: ComedyKim's Convenience (CBC, 2016) is a Canadian television sitcom developed by Ins Choi and Kevin White, and based on Choi's 2011 play of the same name. The series centers around the Korean Canadian Kim... more
Genres: Action, HorrorKingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean historical horror television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince is sent... more
Genres: ComedyFresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka Khan. Louis Huang (Randall Park) relocates his family from Chinatown of Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida... more
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Genres: Superhero, Romantic comedyStrong Woman Do Bong-soon (JTBC, 2017), also known as Strong Girl Bong-soon, is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Born with superhuman strength, Do Bong-soon becomes the bodyguard of... more
Genres: Romance, DramaTriad Princess (Netflix, 2019), is a Taiwanese romantic drama television series. Growing up in the shadow of her Triad father, Angie (Eugenie Liu) craves an independent life of her own. Defying her... more
Genres: Action, Drama, SportWu Assassins (Netflix, 2019) is an American action television series. A young chef (Iko Uwais) discovers he is chosen to round up the powers of an ancient, supernatural, triad as the Wu Assassin.... more
Genres: Drama, DocumentaryThe Naked Director (Netflix, 2019) is a Japanese semi-biographical comedy-drama series based on the non-fiction novel Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den (全裸監督 村西とおる伝) by Nobuhiro Motohashi. The series... more
Genres: DramaShōgun (FX) is an American drama television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by James Clavell. The story follows the collision and rivalries of John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English... more