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40 TV Shows That Could Use More White People

A look at one of society’s biggest problems: a shortage of leading roles for white actors.

1. Arrested Development

Fox

Main characters: 9

White: 9

People of Color: 0

2. Better Call Saul

AMC

Main characters: 6

White: 5

PoC: 1

3. The O.C.

Fox

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

4. True Detective

HBO

Main characters: 2

White: 2

PoC: 0

5. Gossip Girl

The CW

Main characters: 9

White: 8

PoC: 1

6. Seinfeld

NBC

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

7. Game of Thrones

HBO

Main characters: 20+

White: 20+

PoC: 1

8. Sex and the City

HBO

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

9. How I Met Your Mother

CBS

Main characters: 5

White: 5

PoC: 0

10. It's Always Sunny in Philadephia

FX

Main characters: 5

White: 5

PoC: 0

11. Girls

HBO

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

12. The Big Bang Theory

CBS

Main characters: 5

White: 4

PoC: 1

13. Mad Men

AMC

Main characters: 9

White: 9

PoC: 0

14. House of Cards

Netflix

Main characters: 11

White: 9

PoC: 2

15. Freaks and Geeks

NBC

Main characters: 8

White: 8

PoC: 0

16. Veep

HBO

Main characters: 8

White: 7

PoC: 1

17. Friends

NBC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

18. The League

FX

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

19. Will & Grace

NBC

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

20. Frasier

NBC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

UPN

Main characters: 12

White: 12

PoC: 0

22. The Good Wife

CBS

Main characters: 10

White: 8

PoC: 2

23. Criminal Minds

CBS

Main characters: 7

White: 6

PoC: 1

24. House

Fox

Main characters: 6

White: 5

PoC: 1

25. Breaking Bad

AMC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

26. Silicon Valley

HBO

Main characters: 5

White: 4

PoC: 1

27. Fargo

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Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

28. Masters of Sex

Showtime

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

29. The Americans

FX

Main characters: 12

White: 11

PoC: 1

30. The Leftovers

Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Main characters: 13

White: 11

PoC: 2

31. The Vampire Diaries

The CW

Main characters: 13

White: 11

PoC: 2

32. Arrow

The CW

Main characters: 11

White: 9

PoC: 2

33. Togetherness

HBO

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

34. Nashville

ABC

Main characters: 9

White: 8

PoC: 1

35. Blue Bloods

CBS

Main characters: 7

White: 7

PoC: 0

36. Justified

FX

Main characters: 8

White: 7

PoC: 1

37. Workaholics

Comedy Central

Main characters: 3

White: 3

PoC: 0

38. The Newsroom

HBO

Main characters: 8

White: 6

PoC: 2

39. Boardwalk Empire

HBO

Main characters: 21

White: 18

PoC: 3

40. The Killing

Netflix

Main characters: 23

White: 23

PoC: 0

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