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The Greatest TV Shows About Asian-Americans

Updated November 9, 2020 887 votes 236 voters 19.8k views38 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
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park

    Premiered2015

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    Kim's Convenience
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    Kim's Convenience

    Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon

    Premiered2016

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    Never Have I Ever
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    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan

    Premiered2020

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    Master of None
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    Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells

    Premiered2015

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    American Dragon: Jake Long
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    Eddie Guzelian, Jeff Goode

    Premiered2005

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    Andi Mack
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    Andi Mack

    Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush

    Premiered2017

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    Into the Badlands
    24
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    Into the Badlands

    Daniel Wu, Orla Brady

    Premiered2015

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    Youth & Consequences
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    Youth & Consequences

    Anna Akana, Sean Grandillo
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    The Mindy Project
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    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina

    Premiered2012

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    The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
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    Premiered1996

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    The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
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    Jodie Foster, Don Messick

    Premiered1972

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    Sanjay and Craig
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    Maulik Pancholy, Chris Hardwick

    Premiered2013

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    The Family Law
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    Trystan Go, Fiona Choi

    PremieredJanuary 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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    Selfie
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    Selfie

    Karen Gillan, John Cho

    Premiered2014

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    Elementary
    9
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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

    Premiered2012

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    Jackie Chan Adventures
    11
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    Jackie Chan, James Sie

    Premiered2000

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    Ackley Bridge
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    Ackley Bridge

    Amy-Leigh Hickman, Sunetra Sarker

    PremieredJune 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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    Sullivan & Son
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    Christine Ebersole, Brian Doyle-Murray

    Premiered2012

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    Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens
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    FlashForward
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    John Cho, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2009

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    Martial Law
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    Chuck Norris, Kelly Hu

    Premiered1998

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    Mr. T and Tina
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    John Travolta, Pat Morita

    Premiered1976

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    Supah Ninjas
    9
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    Ryan Potter, Carlos Knight

    Premiered2011

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    All American Girl
    5
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    Margaret Cho, B. D. Wong

    Premiered1994

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    Halfworlds
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    Arifin Putra, Alex Abbad

    Premiered2015

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