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List Rules Should be shows that are currently airing or streaming new episodes.

Over the past few years, we've begun to see more and more diverse faces begin popping up in both the film and television worlds. Not only has the change been a long time coming, but seeing the industry and audiences requesting more diverse casts in their shows and movies has led to some even more interesting and unique additions to the entertainment world.

It's time to honor these minorities on TV with a list of shows that not only feature non white actors, but give them leading roles. When it comes to minorities on television, which shows are the best?

The TV series starring minorities ranked below are only shows that are currently airing, have a new set of episodes being produced, or are releasing new episodes on streaming platforms.

Check out this list of the best shows on TV with non-white stars and vote up the best of the best.
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Power Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Quantico Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Master of None Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: Am... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Fresh Off the Boat Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more

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The Carmichael Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
The Carmichael Show Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Narcos Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more

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Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Rosewood Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Dennis, Jaina Lee Ortiz

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
The Fosters Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Minority Report Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Nick Zano

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Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars

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Dr. Ken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Dr. Ken Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin Dr. Ken (ABC, 2015) is an American multi-camera sitcom created by Jared Stern, John Fox, and Ken Jeong. The life of a a wisecracking Korean-American physician (Jeong) working at a badly-run HMO, ...more