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The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars

Updated October 16, 2020 734 votes 156 voters 3.7k views39 items

List RulesShould 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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  • 1
    Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 2
    How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    31
    16

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

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  • 3
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    17

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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  • 4
    Power is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    14

    Power

    Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 5
    Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    4

    Into the Badlands

    Daniel Wu, Orla Brady

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Wuxia

    Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Master of None is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    13

    Master of None

    Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

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  • 7
    Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    25
    19

    Empire

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family

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  • 8
    Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    23

    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 9
    Never Have I Ever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    1

    Never Have I Ever

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 10
    Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    10
    4

    Luke Cage

    Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali

    Genres (Tv)Action, Sci-Fi

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  • 11
    Superstore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    8
    2

    Superstore

    America Ferrera, Ben Feldman

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 12
    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    22
    21

    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 13
    Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama, Telenovela, Satire

    Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    6

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 15
    Narcos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Biographical

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  • 16
    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    2

    One Day at a Time

    Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 17
    The People v. O.J. Simpson: Am is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    13

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  • 18
    The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    7

    The Fosters

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Family drama

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  • 19
    Ramy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    2
    0

    Ramy

    Ramy Youssef, May Calamawy

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 20
    Little Fires Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    2
    1

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 21
    Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    8
    8

    Queen Sugar

    Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 22
    Man Like Mobeen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    1
    0

    Man Like Mobeen

    Guz Khan, Tez Ilyas

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 23
    Gentefied is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    0

    Gentefied

    Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 24
    Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
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    Rosewood

    Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Dennis

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

  • 25
    Ruthless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows with Non-White Stars
    0
    0

    Ruthless

    Melissa L Williams, Jaime M. Callica

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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