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The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms

List RulesCharacters 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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    31

    Token Black

    South Park
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    144
    41
    The Simpsons
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    113
    40
    Omega added

    Stanley Hudson

    The Office
    The Office US
     
  • 4
    123
    57
    wiabux addedThe Cleveland Show, Family Guy
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    132
    68

    Fez

    That '70s Show
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    123
    64

    Raj Koothrappali

    The Big Bang Theory
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    64
    21
    Tom Islava added

    Chef

    South Park
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    87
    59

    Tom Haverford

    Parks and Recreation
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    71
    51

    Stevie Kenarban

    Malcolm in the Middle
  • 10
    61
    49

    Winston Bishop

    New Girl
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    60
    49

    Tootie Ramsey

    The Facts of Life
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    61
    53

    Venus Flytrap

    WKRP in Cincinnati
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    63
    57

    Kelly Kapoor

    The Office: Subtle Sexuality, The Office
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    54
    48

    Jackie Chiles

    Seinfeld
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    29
    19

    Ivy Wentz

    Good Luck Charlie
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    45
    51

    Teddy

    Full House
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    44
    50

    Angela Moore

    Boy Meets World
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    32
    43

    Dave

    Home Improvement
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    26
    37

    Dreama

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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    32
    47

    James "Toofer" Spurlock

    30 Rock
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    31
    49

    Greg Wuliger

    Everybody Hates Chris
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    32
    49

    Kevin Venkataraghavan

    How I Met Your Mother
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    18
    32
    AaronAndreHill added

    Stevie Van Lowe

    The Parkers
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    26
    44

    Sarah

    Sister, Sister
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    36
    60

    Charlie Wheeler

    Friends