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The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars  

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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
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
2
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
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
3
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
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
4
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
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
5
Power is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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
6
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
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
7
Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger
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
8
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
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
9
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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
10
The People v. O.J. Simpson: Am... 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
11
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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
12
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick
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
13
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
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
14
Luther is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more
15
Narcos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
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
16
The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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
17
The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that she is in "The Good Place" because ...more
18
Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe
Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings move to Louisiana to inherit an 800 acre sugarcane farm left by their recently departed
19
Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Dennis, Jaina Lee Ortiz
20
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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
21
Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Shades of Blue
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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera
Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more
23
Superstore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
boelboel added America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash
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) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
boelboel added Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez
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
25
Chewing Gum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma
Chewing Gum (E4, 2015) is a British television sitcom created by Michaela Coel. Growing up as a restricted, religious virgin, 24-year-old shop assistant Tracey Gordon (Coel) wants to have sex ...more