Fictional 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
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
Carl Carlson The Simpsons

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Fez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Fez 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 Cleveland Brown 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 Stanley Hudson 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
Raj Koothrappali 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
Tom Haverford 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 Chef South Park

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Stevie Kenarban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Stevie Kenarban 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
Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

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

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

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

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Kelly Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Kelly Kapoor The Office: Subtle Sexuality, The Office

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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Dave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dave Home Improvement

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Teddy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Teddy Full House

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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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James

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Angela Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Angela Moore Boy Meets World

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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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Greg Wuliger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Greg Wuliger Everybody Hates Chris

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Ivy Wentz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Ms.green added Ivy Wentz Good Luck Charlie

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

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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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Officer Hoppy Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Officer Hoppy Hopkins Sanford and Son

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

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Telly Radford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Telly Radford Salute Your Shorts

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Stevie Van Lowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
AaronAndreHill added Stevie Van Lowe The Parkers

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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Buckwhite is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Buckwhite Martin

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Dr. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Dr. Thomas Frasier

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

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

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

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Calvin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Calvin Freaks and Geeks

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Timmy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Timmy Rules of Engagement

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Nancy Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Nancy Bartlett Roseanne

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Maggie Lauten is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Token Minority Characters in Sitcoms
Maggie Lauten A Different World

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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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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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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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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