What to Watch The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations  

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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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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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
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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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
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) 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.
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 5 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
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, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...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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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 16 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