TV Characters The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms  

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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
174 40
Carl Carlson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Simpsons

3
150 62
Fez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
That '70s Show

4
135 63
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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98 41
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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110 52
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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93 55
Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Parks and Recreation

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35 10
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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79 53
Stevie Kenarban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle

10
81 55
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
WKRP in Cincinnati

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62 45
Winston Bishop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
New Girl

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65 50
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Seinfeld

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66 53
Tootie Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
The Facts of Life

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65 62
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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50 51
Teddy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Full House

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41 40
Dave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dave Home Improvement

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43 46
White Mike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
White Mike The Wayans Bros.

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44 49
Angela Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Boy Meets World

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43 53
James

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39 50
Kevin Venkataraghavan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Kevin Venkataraghavan How I Met Your Mother

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6 4
Ivy Wentz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Ms.green added Ivy Wentz Good Luck Charlie

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33 47
Greg Wuliger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Everybody Hates Chris

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41 59
Charlie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Friends

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26 42
Dreama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dreama Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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31 51
Sarah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Sarah Sister, Sister

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29 48
Officer Hoppy Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Officer Hoppy Hopkins Sanford and Son

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15 26
Stevie Van Lowe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
AaronAndreHill added Stevie Van Lowe The Parkers

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24 41
Telly Radford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Telly Radford Salute Your Shorts

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23 40
Dr. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dr. Thomas Frasier

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27 47
Buckwhite is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Buckwhite Martin

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20 40
Olivia DuPris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Olivia DuPris Clarissa Explains it All

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18 37
Chuck Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Chuck Mitchell Roseanne

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19 39
Johnny Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Johnny Williams Coach

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15 34
Markus Redmond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Markus Redmond Doogie Howser, M.D.

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18 40
Toni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Toni Blossom

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16 37
Nancy Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Nancy Bartlett Roseanne

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17 40
Maggie Lauten is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Maggie Lauten A Different World

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16 39
Calvin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Calvin Freaks and Geeks

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17 41
Timmy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Timmy Rules of Engagement

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14 39
Miranda Charles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Miranda Charles Suddenly Susan

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11 34
Lt. Lieu Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Lt. Lieu Murtaugh Family Matters

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9 38
Quick Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Quick Williams V.I.P.

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8 41
Khaleel Kenny Al-Bahir is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Khaleel Kenny Al-Bahir The War at Home