TV Shows with Diverse Characters

Television hasn't always been known for its commitment to diversity. But that's changing fast, with some of primetime's most popular shows featuring African American, Latinx, 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 and see people and communities different from their own. Here are some of the best shows that celebrate our diverse world. For more media highlighting diversity and inclusion, try some of these Books with Characters of Color.

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Sesame Street

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

Network: PBS, HBO Max (1969)
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3rd & Bird

age 3+

Colorful bird community celebrates diversity, cooperation.

Network: Disney Channel (2011)
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Blue's Clues & You!

age 3+

Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.

Network: Nickelodeon (2019)
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Bubble Guppies

age 3+

Cheerful aqua tots teach kids good social lessons.

Network: Nickelodeon (2011)
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Dinosaur Train

age 3+

Young dino's travels teach kids about science and diversity.

Network: PBS (2009)
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Handy Manny

age 3+

Friendly handyman teaches kids about cooperation.

Network: Disney Channel (2006)
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Nella the Princess Knight

age 3+

Well-rounded hero is great role model for preschoolers.

Network: Nickelodeon (2017)
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Ni Hao, Kai-lan

age 3+

Cultural content, good messages make show a hit.

Network: Nickelodeon (2007)
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Nina's World

age 3+

Strong diversity, community, family themes in superb series.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Super Wings

age 3+

Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.

Network: Universal Kids (2015)
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Doc McStuffins

age 4+

Excellent preschool series has positive messages for kids.

Network: Disney Junior (2012)
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Julie's Greenroom

age 4+

Delightful series teaches young kids about performance arts.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali

age 4+

Curious tot's Diwali adventures will enchant and entertain.

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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Mouk

age 4+

Gentle preschool series promotes cultural diversity.

Network: Kids Central, Kidstream (2011)
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The Bravest Knight

age 5+

Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.

Network: Hulu (2019)
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Dora and Friends: Into the City!

age 5+

School-age TV icon explores community service, friendship.

Network: Nickelodeon (2014)
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Elena of Avalor

age 5+

Spunky Latina princess is an excellent role model.

Network: Disney Junior (2016)
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Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

age 5+

Diversity and cameos spice up familiar tales.

Network: HBO Family (1995)
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Maya & Miguel

age 5+

Engaging cartoon teaches cultural diversity.

Network: PBS (2004)
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