TV Shows with Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander Characters and Leads

Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander peoples have long been underrepresented on our TV screens, but research shows the importance of exposing kids to media that both reflects their own experiences and expands their perspectives. From stories of immigrating to America and charming magical adventures, to energetic sports competitions and laugh-out-loud sitcoms, the shows on this list have great Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander representation. For more great picks, check out our Books with Asian, Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander Characters and Movies with Asian, Asian American, Desi, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Characters.

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Blue's Clues & You!

age 3+

Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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Mighty Little Bheem

age 4+

Toddler's cute adventures show off Indian culture.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Mira, Royal Detective

age 4+

Clever girl's adventures celebrate Indian culture.

Network: Disney Junior (2020)
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Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat

age 4+

Wonderful series based on Amy Tan's kids' book.

Network: PBS (2001)
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Nadiya Bakes

age 6+

Inviting host makes baking fun, approachable for all ages.

Network: Netflix, BBC (2021)
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Supah Ninjas

age 6+

Martial arts action has some good takeaways for kids.

Network: Nickelodeon (2011)
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Amphibia

age 8+

Friendship is key in fun animation with mild scares.

Network: Disney Channel (2019)
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Big Hero 6

age 7+

Solid sci-fi superhero team gets help from robot friend.

Network: Disney XD (2017)
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Brainchild

age 7+

Smart, funny series teaches kid-friendly science concepts.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Kody Kapow

age 7+

Lively animation features lessons from the martial arts.

Network: Universal Kids (2017)
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Avatar: The Last Airbender

age 8+

Asian mysticism meets epic fiction in top-notch 'toon.

Network: Nickelodeon (2005)
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An American Girl Story -- Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance

age 8+

Chinese-American tween embraces heritage in sweet story.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life

age 8+

STEAM-based movie doesn't wow but has positive messages.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2017)
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The Astronauts

age 8+

Smart tween space drama with lots of suspense.

Network: Nickelodeon (2020)
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The Life and Times of Juniper Lee

age 8+

Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the tween set.

Network: Cartoon Network (2005)
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Nadiya's Time to Eat

age 8+

Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Superhuman

age 9+

Science-backed game show has super-skilled contestants.

Network: Fox (2017)
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The Titan Games

age 9+

Positive, energetic, but unoriginal athletic competition.

Network: NBC (2019)
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The Unlisted

age 9+

Australian tween sci-fi mystery is a delight, some peril.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Andi Mack

age 10+

Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.

Network: Disney Channel (2017)
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