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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.

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1. Arrested Development

Main characters: 9White: 9People of Color: 0
Fox

Main characters: 9

White: 9

People of Color: 0

2. Better Call Saul

Main characters: 6White: 5PoC: 1
AMC

Main characters: 6

White: 5

PoC: 1

3. The O.C.

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
Fox

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

4. True Detective

Main characters: 2White: 2PoC: 0
HBO

Main characters: 2

White: 2

PoC: 0

5. Gossip Girl

Main characters: 9White: 8PoC: 1
The CW

Main characters: 9

White: 8

PoC: 1

6. Seinfeld

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
NBC

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

7. Game of Thrones

Main characters: 20+White: 20+PoC: 1
HBO

Main characters: 20+

White: 20+

PoC: 1

8. Sex and the City

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
HBO

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

9. How I Met Your Mother

Main characters: 5White: 5PoC: 0
CBS

Main characters: 5

White: 5

PoC: 0

10. It's Always Sunny in Philadephia

Main characters: 5White: 5PoC: 0
FX

Main characters: 5

White: 5

PoC: 0

11. Girls

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
HBO

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

12. The Big Bang Theory

Main characters: 5White: 4PoC: 1
CBS

Main characters: 5

White: 4

PoC: 1

13. Mad Men

Main characters: 9White: 9PoC: 0
AMC

Main characters: 9

White: 9

PoC: 0

14. House of Cards

Main characters: 11White: 9PoC: 2
Netflix

Main characters: 11

White: 9

PoC: 2

15. Freaks and Geeks

Main characters: 8White: 8PoC: 0
NBC

Main characters: 8

White: 8

PoC: 0

16. Veep

Main characters: 8White: 7PoC: 1
HBO

Main characters: 8

White: 7

PoC: 1

17. Friends

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
NBC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

18. The League

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
FX

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

19. Will & Grace

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
NBC

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

20. Frasier

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
NBC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Main characters: 12White: 12PoC: 0
UPN

Main characters: 12

White: 12

PoC: 0

22. The Good Wife

Main characters: 10White: 8PoC: 2
CBS

Main characters: 10

White: 8

PoC: 2

23. Criminal Minds

Main characters: 7White: 6PoC: 1
CBS

Main characters: 7

White: 6

PoC: 1

24. House

Main characters: 6White: 5PoC: 1
Fox

Main characters: 6

White: 5

PoC: 1

25. Breaking Bad

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
AMC

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

26. Silicon Valley

Main characters: 5White: 4PoC: 1
HBO

Main characters: 5

White: 4

PoC: 1

27. Fargo

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
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Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

28. Masters of Sex

Main characters: 6White: 6PoC: 0
Showtime

Main characters: 6

White: 6

PoC: 0

29. The Americans

Main characters: 12White: 11PoC: 1
FX

Main characters: 12

White: 11

PoC: 1

30. The Leftovers

Main characters: 13White: 11PoC: 2
Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Main characters: 13

White: 11

PoC: 2

31. The Vampire Diaries

Main characters: 13White: 11PoC: 2
The CW

Main characters: 13

White: 11

PoC: 2

32. Arrow

Main characters: 11White: 9PoC: 2
The CW

Main characters: 11

White: 9

PoC: 2

33. Togetherness

Main characters: 4White: 4PoC: 0
HBO

Main characters: 4

White: 4

PoC: 0

34. Nashville

Main characters: 9White: 8PoC: 1
ABC

Main characters: 9

White: 8

PoC: 1

35. Blue Bloods

Main characters: 7White: 7PoC: 0
CBS

Main characters: 7

White: 7

PoC: 0

36. Justified

Main characters: 8White: 7PoC: 1
FX

Main characters: 8

White: 7

PoC: 1

37. Workaholics

Main characters: 3White: 3PoC: 0
Comedy Central

Main characters: 3

White: 3

PoC: 0

38. The Newsroom

Main characters: 8White: 6PoC: 2
HBO

Main characters: 8

White: 6

PoC: 2

39. Boardwalk Empire

Main characters: 21White: 18PoC: 3
HBO

Main characters: 21

White: 18

PoC: 3

40. The Killing

Main characters: 23White: 23PoC: 0
Netflix

Main characters: 23

White: 23

PoC: 0

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