TV 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.

Some of the programs on this list are not just about race. Shows like Master of None and Orange Is the New Black may not delve entirely into issues of race, however, they feature themes or prominent episodes where race is explored. For example, in the second episode on the Netflix show Master of None titled “Parents,” Dev and Brian attempt to find out more about the childhood of their immigrant fathers by taking them out to dinner. It’s an hilarious half hour of television, but more importantly, it explores 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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Orange Is the New Black 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Black-ish 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) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Fresh Off the Boat 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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents ...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
Master of None 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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Chelsea Does is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Chelsea Does Chelsea Handler Chelsea Does (Netflix, 2016) is a web television documentary series first released on Netflix on January 22, 2016. The episodes follow comedian Chelsea Handler as she explores different ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Jane the Virgin 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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Homeland 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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Quantico 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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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Broad City Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
The Chi 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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Grey's Anatomy 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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Family Guy 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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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Narcos Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more

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Inside Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Inside Amy Schumer Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Amy Schumer and Daniel Powell. Each episode is divided into segments of varying length – ...more