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The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars 

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Updated March 30, 2020 592 votes 136 voters 3k views 33 items

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 Mur... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 132

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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#160 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #16 of 84 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 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 ...more

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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) 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 ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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#35 of 47 All The TV Shows Ending in 2020, Ranked #11 of 157 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

Premiered: 2015

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Drama, Family

Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more

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#21 of 47 All The TV Shows Ending in 2020, Ranked #193 of 216 The TV Shows with the Best Writing The Best Empire Characters, Ranked

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Network: The CW

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 People v. O.J. Simps... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Wuxia

Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

Genres (Tv): Biography, Crime, Drama

Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick

Genres (Tv): Action, Sci-Fi

Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

Network: Freeform

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Family drama

The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian ...more

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Superstore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
boelboel added America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Superstore (NBC, 2015) is an American single-camera sitcom television series about a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box store in St. Louis, Missouri. The ensemble cast ...more

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
boelboel added Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of the same name. Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is a newly-single Army Nursing Corps veteran ...more

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Man Like Mobeen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Guz Khan, Tez Ilyas, Dúaa Karim

Premiered: 2017

Network: BBC Three

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three, 2017) is a British comedy drama television series written by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan. Mobeen is a 28 year old Brummie Muslim single handedly raising his 15 year ...more
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Little Fires Everywhere ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Rosemarie DeWitt

Premiered: 2020

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's novel. The eight-part limited series tells the story of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an ...more

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Gentefied is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria, Carlos Santos

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Gentefied (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy drama television series set to premiere on Netflix. Gentefied follows the story of three Mexican-American cousins and their struggle to chase the ...more

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Awkwafina Is Nora from Q... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Awkwafina, BD Wong, Lori Tan Chinn

Premiered: 2020

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central, 2020) is an American comedy television series. With help from her dad and grandmother, Nora Lum (Awkwafina) navigates young adulthood in Flushing, ...more

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Ruthless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Melissa L Williams, Jaime M. Callica, Stephanie Charles

Premiered: 2020

Network: BET

Genres (Tv): Drama

Ruthless (2020, BET) is a television drama series created by Tyler Perry. A spinoff of "The Oval," follows Ruth Truesdale as she's forced to play nice with a scandalous religious cult ...more
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Vagrant Queen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Adriyan Rae, Alex McGregor, Paul du Toit

Premiered: 2020

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy

Vagrant Queen (Syfy, 2020) is a sci-fi television series created by Jem Garrard. Elida built a life as a scavenger and outlaw, but when an old frenemy, Isaac, turns up with news about her ...more

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The Dead Lands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Te Kohe Tuhaka, Darneen Christian, Vicky Haughton

Premiered: 2020

Network: Shudder

Genres (Tv): Action, Fantasy, Horror

The Dead Lands (Shudder, 2020) is a New Zealand action-horror television series based on the 2014 film of the same name. In ancient Maori times, an undead warrior and a young tribeswoman team up ...more