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The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans  

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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
Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more
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Kim's Convenience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added Kim's Convenience Andrea Bang, Simu Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Kim's Convenience is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on CBC Television in October 2016. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

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Kim's Convenience is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang
Kim's Convenience (CBC, 2016) is a Canadian sitcom based on Ins Choi's 2011 play of the same name. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss ...more
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Andi Mack is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim
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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Youth & Consequences is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
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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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger
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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
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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The Amazing Chan and the Chan ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Jodie Foster, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib
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 Shelby Wo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Irene Ng, Pat Morita, Adam Busch
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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Jackie Chan Adventures is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan
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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Selfie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Karen Gillan, John Cho, Allyn Rachel
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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Supah Ninjas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Ryan Potter, Carlos Knight, Gracie Dzienny
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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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz
The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by ...more
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Sanjay and Craig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
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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Mr. T and Tina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Mr. T and Tina John Travolta, Pat Morita, Ted Lange
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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Sullivan & Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Christine Ebersole, Brian Doyle-Murray, Valerie Azlynn
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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American Dragon: Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Eddie Guzelian, Jeff Goode, Matthew Negrete
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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin
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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Samurai Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Stacy Keibler, Jamie Chung, Anthony Brandon Wong
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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All American Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Margaret Cho, B. D. Wong, Ashley Johnson
All-American Girl is a 1994 American sitcom featuring Margaret Cho as the rebellious teenage daughter of a traditional Korean-American family. The main cast that plays the part of Cho's family ...more
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The Family Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added The Family Law Trystan Go, Fiona Choi, Anthony Brandon Wong

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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Ackley Bridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added Ackley Bridge Amy-Leigh Hickman, Sunetra Sarker

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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Twisted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Ashton Moio
Twisted is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series. The pilot episode aired on March 19, 2013, and the show's next 10 episodes resumed airing on June 18, 2013. On July 30, ...more
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Halfworlds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans
missabhorsen added Halfworlds Arifin Putra, Reza Rahadian, Salvita Decorte

Halfworlds is a dark fantasy thriller television series produced and created by HBO Asia. Set in present-day Jakarta, Indonesia, the series reveals an underground society populated by demons from Asian folklore.