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The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations 

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Updated January 17, 2020 643 votes 214 voters 11.9k views 25 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows that deal with race issues and are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

Throughout history, television has reflected what is going on in society. Currently, there is no more volatile issue than race relations and these are the best TV shows of 2016-2017 that deal with race, ranked according to your votes.

Most of the programs on this list are not just about race. Shows like Atlanta and Fresh Off The Boat, are primarily comedies or sitcoms, however, they feature themes or prominent episodes where race is explored. They may offer a hilarious half hour of television, but more importantly, they explore everything from microagressions to the wide generation gap between immigrants from poor countries juxtaposed with their American-raised, affluent children.

There are also shows on this list that explore racism as their main focus. The ABC anthology show American Crime centers on race, class, and gender within the biased American legal system. Of course, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, a fictionalized detailed deconstruction of the trial of the century, also revolves around race. The defense knew that in order to win an un-winnable case, they had to make the trail singularly about racial prejudice and injustice.

Vote up the best shows below to rank the best television that deals with race, or add any other good TV series about race that aren't already listed.

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
voting closed at #2 Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) 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 ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
voting closed at #5 Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Network: The CW

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
voting closed at #13 Imani Henry added Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Network: Insecure

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more

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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more
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Pose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter

Premiered: 2018

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Dance, Drama, Musical

Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more

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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Premiered: 2019

Network: Epix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young ...more

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Satire

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

Genres (Tv): Drama

Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more

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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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Little America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance

Premiered: 2020

Network: Apple TV+

Genres (Tv): Anthology

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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Carmina Garay, Charlie Bushnell, Selenis Leyva

Network: Disney+

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller

Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

Genres (Tv): Biography, Crime, Drama

Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more

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