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The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms 

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Updated July 7, 2020 4.8k votes 548 voters 13.2k views 43 items

List Rules Characters who are a different race or ethnicity than (almost) everyone else in the cast

List of the greatest token minority characters in sitcoms. This list contains the characters who were added to their respective casts as symbols of diversity, such as the one Black guy with six white friends or vice versa. From the token characters you’ve loved to watch to the token characters you couldn’t stand (but couldn’t stop watching), this list of great token minority characters contains them all.

 Why do TV producers feel the need to add token characters to a cast? Usually, the addition of a token minority can be attributed to one of two things (sometimes both): the producers want to appeal to a demographic that might not be attracted otherwise, or they want to defend themselves against claims that the show doesn’t represent the diversity of real life. Either way, these token minority characters sometimes become audience favorites. For an example, think of James "Toofer" Spurlock from “30 Rock.”

Perhaps the most commonly noted form of tokenism in sitcoms is that of the token Black character, who is usually tossed into an all-white cast. The greatest token minority characters aren’t necessarily Black, however. There have been plenty of all-Black shows who’ve added a sole white cast member or regular guest. Some of the top token characters represent other minority groups, including Asians, Indians, the handicapped, and homosexuals.

 This list consists of the best token minority characters from both past and currently running sitcoms. These token characters are of different ages, genders, and ethnicities, but they’re all one thing -- worthy of being included on this, the list of the greatest token minority characters in sitcom history.

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Token Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Token Black South Park
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Carl Carlson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Simpsons
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Fez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
That '70s Show
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Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
wiabux added The Cleveland Show, Family Guy
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Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Omega added The Office
The Office US
 
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Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Big Bang Theory
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Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Parks and Recreation
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Chef is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Tom Islava added South Park
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Stevie Kenarban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle
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Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
WKRP in Cincinnati
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Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Seinfeld
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Tootie Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Tootie Ramsey The Facts of Life
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Winston Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
New Girl
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Kelly Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Office: Subtle Sexuality, The Office
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Teddy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Full House
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Ivy Wentz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Ms.green added Ivy Wentz Good Luck Charlie
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Dave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dave Home Improvement
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Angela Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Boy Meets World
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Kevin Venkataraghavan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Kevin Venkataraghavan How I Met Your Mother
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White Mike is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
White Mike The Wayans Bros.
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James "Toofer"... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
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Charlie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Friends
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Greg Wuliger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Everybody Hates Chris
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Sarah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Sarah Sister, Sister
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Dreama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dreama Sabrina, the Teenage Witch