9 Popular TV Shows With All-White Casts
Television started broadcasting in color seventy years ago, and yet TV show casts have remained largely white.
Just check out the popular shows below, all of which starred exclusively white series regulars (with the exception of one half-white star).
This NBC sitcom may have had one of the most visible all-white casts, due to the show’s rampant success. The most recurring guest star of color — Aisha Tyler, who played Ross’s romantic interest Charlie — only appears in 9 of a possible 236 episodes.
This fellow NBC comedy also had a significant race disparity — so much so that creator Larry David got called out on the issue on a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode. The guest star of color we saw most often was Larry, the cook/manager of Monk’s Café, who appeared in six episode and was played by Lawrence Mandley.
Alia Shawkat is half-white, half-Iraqi — but the rest of the cast of this FOX-turned-Netflix comedy is pretty pasty. As for guest stars of color, Justin Lee or B.W. Gonzalez, who respectively played adopted son Annyong and housekeeper Lupe, appeared in 12 episodes.
How I Met Your Mother
This CBS sitcom featured six main characters and one narrator, none of whom were actors of color. The most frequent guest star of color was Marshall Manesh, who played limo driver Rajit in 21 episodes.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
We saw a very white Scooby Gang in this WB-turned-UPN teen drama. The show had 12 series regulars during its run, all of whom were white. D.B. Woodside did play Sunnydale High’s last principal in Season 7… but only for 14 episodes.
Even though Teyonah Parris was the actor of color most seen on this AMC period piece, with 22 episodes under her belt as secretary Dawn, she still didn’t get series regular status.
Creator/star Lena Dunham owns up to this HBO dramedy’s race issue, and for good reason. None of the Girls aren’t white, and the most-recurring actors of color only have four episodes to their names: Greta Lee, who plays Soojin, and Jessica Williams, who plays Karen.
Capeside must have been a very white Massachusetts town. All of the stars of this WB teen drama were Caucasian, and the most frequently seen actor of color was Obi Ndefo, who played Joey’s brother-in-law, Bodie, in 10 episodes.
This ABC series showed off little of the diversity of San Francisco, as the stars were all white. Tahj Mowry played Teddy in 14 episodes, more than any other actor of color, and he’s half-white.