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The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations  

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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
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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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
voting closed at #2 Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
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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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
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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
voting closed at #5 Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
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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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
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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk
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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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe
Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings move to Louisiana to inherit an 800 acre sugarcane farm left by their recently departed
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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 Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek
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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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson
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) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
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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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera
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) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney
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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
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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Power is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci
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) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
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) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
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