TV Shows with Diverse Characters

Television hasn't always been known for its commitment to diversity. But that's changing fast, with some of prime time's most popular shows featuring African-American and Asian families and cable offering a wide variety of cultures to explore. It's great for kids and teens to see their realities mirrored on TV. Here are some of the best shows that celebrate our diverse world.

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Sesame Street TV Poster Image
Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.
Network: PBS
(2004)
(1969)
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3rd & Bird TV Poster Image
Colorful bird community celebrates diversity, cooperation.
Network: Disney Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Bubble Guppies TV Poster Image
Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
(2011)
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Dinosaur Train TV Poster Image
Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.
Network: PBS
(2009)
(2009)
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Handy Manny TV Poster Image
Friendly handyman teaches kids about cooperation.
Network: Disney Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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Nella the Princess Knight TV Poster Image
Well-rounded heroine is great role model for preschoolers.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
(2017)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan TV Poster Image
Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2008)
(2007)
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Nina's World TV Poster Image
Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Super Wings TV Poster Image
Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.
Network: Sprout
(2015)
(2015)
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Doc McStuffins TV Poster Image
Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Julie's Greenroom TV Poster Image
Delightful series teaches young kids about performance arts.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Mouk TV Poster Image
Gentle preschool series promotes cultural diversity.
Network: Kids Central
(2016)
(2011)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City! TV Poster Image
School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2014)
(2014)
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Elena of Avalor TV Poster Image
Spunky Latina-inspired princess is an excellent role model.
Network: Disney Junior
(2016)
(2016)
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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child TV Poster Image
Diversity and cameos spice up familiar tales.
Network: HBO Family
(2005)
(1995)
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Maya & Miguel TV Poster Image
Engaging cartoon teaches cultural diversity.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2004)
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The Deep TV Poster Image
Fantastic family-focused adventure explores the vast ocean.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Legend Quest TV Poster Image
Mexican folklore-inspired adventure series has broad appeal.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Project Mc2 TV Poster Image
Whiz kids break stereotypes, make being smart cool.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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The Proud Family TV Poster Image
Relatable stories, good role models, zany comedy.
Network: ABC
(2003)
(2001)
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SciGirls TV Poster Image
Smart series ignites girls' interest in science and math.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Static Shock TV Poster Image
Tween-friendly 'toon brings diversity to superhero league.
Network: Disney XD
(2009)
(2000)
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An American Girl Story -- Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance TV Poster Image
Chinese-American tween embraces heritage in sweet story.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2017)
(2017)
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The Legend of Korra TV Poster Image
Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Raven's Home TV Poster Image
Energetic sequel offers well-rounded laughs for families.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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Ride TV Poster Image
Diversity, resilience stand out in likable tween dramedy.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
(2017)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Poster Image
Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(1987)
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The Specials TV Poster Image
Webby-winning reality show encourages respect for diversity.
Network: OWN
(2014)
(2014)
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Legendary Dudas TV Poster Image
Brothers battle and bond on charming sitcom for tweens.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2016)
(2016)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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It Takes a Choir TV Poster Image
Inspiring reality show has meaningful messages for families.
Network: USA
(2014)
(2014)
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Little Mosque on the Prairie TV Poster Image
Funny ensemble comedy plays with Muslim stereotypes.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2007)
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Black-ish TV Poster Image
Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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Born This Way TV Poster Image
Reality series offers insight into life with Down syndrome.
Network: A&E
(2015)
(2015)
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A Different World TV Poster Image
Cosby Show spin-off showcases college life.
Network: Nickelodeon, Oxygen
(2005)
(1987)
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Everybody Hates Chris TV Poster Image
Everyone will love this funny take on real issues.
Network: CW, Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2005)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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The Good Place TV Poster Image
Incredibly original afterlife sitcom has charm, diversity.
Network: NBC
(2016)
(2016)
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I Am Jazz TV Poster Image
Transgender teen's reality show is positive, poignant.
Network: TLC
(2015)
(2015)
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One Day at a Time TV Poster Image
Worthy update of classic sitcom has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2017)
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Degrassi: Next Class TV Poster Image
An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Ugly Betty TV Poster Image
Underdog heroine is a model of charm and appeal.
Network: ABC, Syndicated
(2006)
(2006)
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Aliens in America TV Poster Image
High school sitcom tackles intolerance with humor.
Network: CW
(2007)
(2007)
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV Poster Image
Lighthearted cop comedy serves up laughs and diversity.
Network: Fox
(2013)
(2013)
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Degrassi TV Poster Image
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(2001)
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Glee TV Poster Image
Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.
Network: Fox
(2009)
(2009)
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The Fosters TV Poster Image
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
(2013)
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Pitch TV Poster Image
MLB's first female pitcher boldly faces challenges.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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Jane the Virgin TV Poster Image
Quirky telenovela-style dramedy gets steamy.
Network: CW
(2014)
(2014)
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Key & Peele TV Poster Image
Witty sketch comedy series takes on race, stereotypes.
Network: Comedy Central
(2012)
(2012)
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Living Single TV Poster Image
Comedy about diversity and friendship for teens+.
Network: Oxygen
(2005)
(1993)
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Master of None TV Poster Image
Sweet romantic comedy with great cast, raunchy humor.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Chewing Gum TV Poster Image
Fresh comedy about an awkward, amorous 20-something.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2016)
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