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 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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Blue's Clues & You! TV Poster Image
Engaging reboot teaches preschoolers prereading skills.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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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 hero 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: Universal Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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Super Wings TV Poster Image
Friendly planes' world travels teach kids multiculturalism.
Network: Universal Kids
(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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Mighty Little Bheem: Diwali TV Poster Image
Curious tot's Diwali adventures will enchant and entertain.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Mira, Royal Detective TV Poster Image
Clever girl's adventures expose viewers to Indian culture.
Network: Disney Junior
(2020)
(2020)
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Mouk TV Poster Image
Gentle preschool series promotes cultural diversity.
Network: Kids Central, Kidstream
(2016)
(2011)
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The Bravest Knight TV Poster Image
Star power, stellar messages in charming animated series.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Molly of Denali TV Poster Image
Alaska Native character's adventures celebrate heritage.
Network: PBS Kids
(2019)
(2019)
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Craig of the Creek TV Poster Image
Adventure, affirming messages stand out in appealing series.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2018)
(2018)
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The Casagrandes TV Poster Image
Charming Loud House spin-off about Mexican American family.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Glitch Techs TV Poster Image
Likable gaming-inspired show promotes diversity, teamwork.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Nadiya's Time to Eat TV Poster Image
Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Basketball or Nothing TV Poster Image
Captivating docuseries inspires, challenges stereotypes.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Diary of a Future President TV Poster Image
Look at go-getter's tween years tackles some mature topics.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Mixed-ish TV Poster Image
Funny, sly Black-ish prequel has a unique take on race.
Network: ABC
(2019)
(2019)
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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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The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia TV Poster Image
Sweet Latinx throwback sitcom has romance, girl power.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Little America TV Poster Image
Beautifully authentic anthology of immigrant stories.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Mr. Iglesias TV Poster Image
Throwback sitcom has lovable characters, some mature humor.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Party of Five TV Poster Image
Soapy but heartfelt classic series has teen angst, some sex.
Network: Hulu, Netflix
(2017)
(1994)
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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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Roswell, New Mexico TV Poster Image
Aliens of all kinds in worthy update of '90s cult fave.
Network: Syfy
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Alternatino with Arturo Castro TV Poster Image
Sharp satire, some language in hilarious Latinx sketch show.
Network: Comedy Central
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Kim's Convenience TV Poster Image
Smart, fun, diverse Canadian show addresses social issues.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2016)
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Never Have I Ever TV Poster Image
Drinking, language, sex talk in fresh, charming teen series.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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On My Block TV Poster Image
South Central teens come of age in delicate, moving series.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Pitch TV Poster Image
MLB's first female pitcher boldly faces challenges.
Network: Fox
(2016)
(2016)
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They've Gotta Have Us TV Poster Image
Lively, important history in film docuseries; some language.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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A Black Lady Sketch Show TV Poster Image
Brilliantly original sketch show is fresh, raunchy, funny.
Network: HBO
(2019)
(2019)
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David Makes Man TV Poster Image
Lyrical drama has mature content, great beauty.
Network: OWN
(2019)
(2019)
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Good Trouble TV Poster Image
Fosters spin-off is a little racier but sweet and lovable.
Network: Freeform
(2018)
(2018)
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Grown-ish TV Poster Image
Black-ish kid goes to college in great, edgy show.
Network: Freeform
(2017)
(2018)
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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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Ramy TV Poster Image
Language, sex in comedy about balancing faith, modern life.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Devs TV Poster Image
Slow sci-fi puzzle box requires investment, has violence.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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Los Espookys TV Poster Image
Bilingual horror comedy is unique and delightful.
Network: HBO
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Dear White People TV Poster Image
College is complicated in series on race, sex, activism.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Man Like Mobeen TV Poster Image
Edgy Brit comedy highlights racial prejudice; cursing, drugs
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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She's Gotta Have It TV Poster Image
Lyrical Spike Lee series has language, lots of graphic sex.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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