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The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans 

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Updated May 15, 2020 579 votes 186 voters 14.2k views 37 items

One of the best new additions to your television programming schedule are shows about Asian-Americans. This long-neglected group of the population has never been well-represented in Hollywood, but times are changing and there are some incredible television series out right now featuring some of the most talented Asian American actors and actresses. If you're looking for a new pool of talent to fill your next binge-watching session, this list of TV shows about Asian Americans will definitely help you find something new.

Asian Americans have long been relegated to the role of villain or punching bag with few taking leading roles until relatively recently. Shows like ABC's Fresh Off the Boat offer a glimpse in the lives of a Taiwanese family as they emigrate to the US and make their way across the East Coast to open a restaurant. Other series like Quantico star Asian Americans as their leads, including the ever-popular Priyanka Chopra. In short, there's a decent list of shows starring Asian-Americans.

For more recommendations on shows with Asian actors, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Fresh 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, ...more

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Kim's Convenience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang

Premiered: 2016

Kim'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 ...more
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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie
Andi 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 ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger

Premiered: 2015

Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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Youth & Consequences... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Youth & Consequences Anna Akana, Sean Grandillo, Katie Sarife
Youth & Consequences (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jason Ubaldi. Powerful teen trendsetter Farrah Cutney (Anna Akana), who is the queen of ...more
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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

Premiered: 2012

The Mindy Project (Fox, 2012) is an American romantic comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling. A young OB-GYN doctor (Kaling) balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by ...more

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American Dragon: Jake Lo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Eddie Guzelian, Jeff Goode, Matthew Negrete

Premiered: 2005

American Dragon: Jake Long is an American animated television series. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and created by Jeff Goode. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 21, ...more

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Selfie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Selfie Karen Gillan, John Cho, Allyn Rachel

Premiered: 2014

A self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and ...more
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Jackie Chan Adventures ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan

Premiered: 2000

Jackie Chan Adventures is an American animated television series chronicling the adventures of a fictionalized version of action film star Jackie Chan. Many of the episodes contain references to ...more

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Never Have I Ever is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani

Premiered: 2020

Never Have I Ever (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. The series follows the complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
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Premiered: 2012

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin

Premiered: 2015

Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy ...more

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The Family Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added The Family Law Trystan Go, Fiona Choi, Anthony Brandon Wong

Premiered: January 14, 201

The Family Law is an Australian comedy television program created by Benjamin Law. The series, loosely adapted from Law's 2010 book of the same name, was written by Law and Marieke Hardy. It follows the dysfunctional world of a Chinese-Australian family through the eyes of 14-year-old Benjamin Law.

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Samurai Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Stacy Keibler, Jamie Chung, Anthony Brandon Wong

Premiered: 2008

Samurai Girl is a six-hour mini-series loosely based on the popular young-adult novel series by Carrie Asai. The event stars Jamie Chung, Brendan Fehr, and Stacy Keibler. The series began its ...more
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Ackley Bridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added Ackley Bridge Amy-Leigh Hickman, Sunetra Sarker

Premiered: June 20

Ackley Bridge follows the merger of two schools in a segregated British and Pakistani community due to budget cuts, exploring the turbulent school experience.

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Mr. T and Tina is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Mr. T and Tina John Travolta, Pat Morita, Ted Lange

Premiered: 1976

Mr. T and Tina is an American sitcom that aired for five episodes on ABC in the fall of 1976 starring Pat Morita. The series is a spin-off of the then-hit series Welcome Back, Kotter. The show ...more
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FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

Premiered: 2009

FlashForward is a U.S. television series, adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, which aired for one season on ABC between September 24, 2009, and May 27, 2010. It is based ...more

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Supah Ninjas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Ryan Potter, Carlos Knight, Gracie Dzienny

Premiered: 2011

Supah Ninjas is an American action-comedy superhero series, created by Leo Chu and Eric Garcia. The series premiered as a special preview on Nickelodeon on January 17, 2011 in the United States ...more

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Inconceivable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Angie Harmon, Ming-Na Wen, Victor H. Webster

Premiered: 2005

Inconceivable was an American primetime television medical drama, which was broadcast on NBC. The program premiered on September 23, 2005. The show revolved around the professional and personal ...more
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The Amazing Chan and the... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Jodie Foster, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib

Premiered: 1972

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is a 1972 TV series made by Australia's Eric Porter Studios for American studio Hanna-Barbera Productions and network CBS. It premiered shortly after what ...more
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The Mystery Files of She... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Irene Ng, Pat Morita, Adam Busch

Premiered: 1996

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a Canadian-American children's mystery television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1998. A total of 41 episodes of 30 minutes each were ...more
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Sullivan & Son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Christine Ebersole, Brian Doyle-Murray, Valerie Azlynn

Premiered: 2012

Sullivan & Son is an American comedy television series created by Steve Byrne and Rob Long that was broadcast on TBS. It starred Byrne as Steve Sullivan, who surprises his parents when he ...more
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Halfworlds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
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Premiered: 2015

Halfworlds (HBO Asia, 2015) is a dark fantasy thriller television series. Set in present-day Southeast Asia, the series reveals an underground society populated by demons from Asian folklore ...more
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Sanjay and Craig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans

Premiered: 2013

Sanjay and Craig is an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon. The show is about a 12-year-old boy named Sanjay Patel who owns a talking pet snake named Craig. The series ...more

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