Entertainment The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms  

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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
South Park
2
184 42
Carl Carlson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Simpsons
3
157 71
Fez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
That '70s Show
4
140 68
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
wiabux added The Cleveland Show, Family Guy
5
108 45
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Omega added The Office
6
114 56
Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Big Bang Theory
7
100 59
Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Parks and Recreation
8
40 12
Chef is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Tom Islava added South Park
9
82 56
Stevie Kenarban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle
10
83 59
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
WKRP in Cincinnati
11
63 49
Winston Bishop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
New Girl
12
70 58
Tootie Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Facts of Life
13
66 54
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Seinfeld
14
69 68
Kelly Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Office: Subtle Sexuality, The Office
15
53 54
Teddy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Full House
16
42 45
Dave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dave Home Improvement
17
45 50
White Mike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
White Mike The Wayans Bros.
18
11 6
Ivy Wentz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Ms.green added Ivy Wentz Good Luck Charlie
19
45 54
Angela Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Boy Meets World
20
42 54
Kevin Venkataraghavan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Kevin Venkataraghavan How I Met Your Mother
21
44 58
James
22
36 50
Greg Wuliger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Everybody Hates Chris
23
43 64
Charlie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Friends
24
28 46
Dreama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dreama Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
25
32 53
Officer Hoppy Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Officer Hoppy Hopkins Sanford and Son