What Are TV’s Most (And Least) Diverse Shows?

Some seem to be more on board with the changing tide of political correctness than others.

The Oscars are #TooWhite.

But what about TV?

At times, it can feel like just about every new show features a cast that includes actors of every ethnicity, gender and gender identity.  But some shows and producers seem to be more on board with the changing tide of political correctness than others.

Diversity in entertainment media is essential.  It teaches us to be colorblind and that no one is better than anyone else. All races can succeed and live the American Dream.

Here’s a look at how a few popular series stack up.


Photo: 'The Fosters' Cast 2016

This long-running hospital soap looks like the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland.  Showrunner Shonda Rhimes is African-American and has turned her Thursday night #TGIT block into the biggest melting pot in Prime Time. (ABC)

Two gay moms (one white, one African-American) adopt teens from all different backgrounds — including a set of Latino twins.  The youngest male that they took in ended up sharing a same sex kiss with another boy at just 13, sending shockwaves yet praise throughout the show’s rabid fan base. (Freeform)

Now in its 5th season and helmed by Whitney Cummings, the sitcom features a fun and iconic black cashier who is like the Buddha for the girls; a polish supermodel; a Ukrainian cook who loves the polish supermodel and a Korean diner owner (Matthew Moy) who gets picked on but has a heart of gold. They make up their own dysfunctional family and that’s more colorful than anything

Still, the show has come under fire for its portrayal of Asian Americans — particularly diner boss Han Lee, who is short, asexual and work-obsessed.  The New Yorker called this Whitney Cummings-produced comedy “so racist it is baffling.” (CBS)


A fan favorite and also on FreeForm, it lacks real integration. Not one of the five main liars is African-American or even mixed. The character of Emily is a lesbian and she did fall in love with Maya, who was black but then she was killed. Now, we really only have officer Lorenzo and he seems to be giving cops a bad name. To sum it up, the diversity comes and goes as quickly as my paycheck during Black Friday. Hey…nice name. (Freeform)

It’s like the 40th season and we have yet to have a black Bachelor or Bachelorette. Enough said. (ABC)

Did you not read the name of the show? (ABC)

So there you have it; the shows that I think are doing a great job with race relations and the others that need some help ASAP.

What’s your take?  Sound off in the comments below.

Mandi Nowitz

Mandi Nowitz

Mandi is a freelance writer who is currently studying for her Masters in Communications. Having always wanted to be a rock star/actress, she was always encouraged to write. Finally, after seeing "Beauty and the Briefcase," Mandi decided to pursue her new career as a writer. Half a decade later, the avid animal/music/car/New Orleans/Disney lover is still passionate about all things writing. You can see her at her blog www.threeicecubes.com or email her at mandinowitz@gmail.com.
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