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13 Black Supporting TV Characters Who Absolutely Deserved Their Own Show

These iconic characters deserve a starring role. TV producers, get on it.

1. Donna Meagle, Parks and Recreation

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It's time to ~treat. yo. self~ to endless humor from Pawnee's one, the only, the beloved: Donna.

2. Winston Bishop, New Girl

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While Lamorne Morris is now starring in Woke, I'm sure New Girl fans would rally behind a Winston-centric show in a heartbeat. Your move, Fox.

3. Tommy Vega, 911 Lone Star

Gina Torres (center) with Kelsey Yates and Skyler Yates
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She was a standout star on this action-packed show — can you imagine how amazing a Gina Torres–led plot would be? The world needs this.

4. Rosalind Walker, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


In this new show, Roz is the main character and escapes off into another dimension to a town called Purpledale...

5. Kate Contessa, Wynonna Earp

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This powerful, mysterious character didn't get enough screen time and totally deserves her own fierce feminist-centric show.

6. Chidi Anagonye, The Good Place

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In an ideal spinoff of the NBC sitcom, Chidi would embark on a solo adventure of his own.

7. Simone Garnett, The Good Place

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She spends eternity running various studies and conducts endless experiments on her own terms — sounds like the perfect plot for a TV show to me!

8. Erica Sinclair, Stranger Things

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Erica's comedic genius on Stranger Things is simply unmatched. The show could be a whole Sinclair family sitcom from Erica's perspective.

9. Shirley Chisholm, Mrs. America

Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm
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She was the first Black candidate from a major party to seek the US presidency, and the first African American woman in Congress! C'mon! She does have an autobiography, Unbossed and Unbought, available here.

10. Veronica Fisher, Shameless

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It's time for V to shine with her own show! She's a great addition to the Shameless world, but she's a starring lady in her own right. Who's with me?

11. Jabbar Trussell, Parenthood

Jabbar holding a football
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Imagine this: A young adult Jabbar goes off to college, and upon moving back home, he reconnects with the whole Braverman troupe. High jinks ensue.

12. Joss Carter, Person of Interest

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(Spoiler!) Sure, she gets killed off in Season 3, but in TV land, we can pretend that Joss is really still alive — and that it was arranged to look as if she died — so she could take on a new alias and start anew. Works for me!

13. Annie, Tess, and Deja Pearson, This Is Us

This Is Us characters Annie, Tess, and Deja at a kitchen counter
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I mean, you know they can hold a dramatic scene all on their own. Beth and Randall (aka TV's best couple) can even make a cameo or two.

I know I'm probably missing some, so fill me in: What Black supporting characters do you think deserve their own show?

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