Results for - Color-Blind Casts Heat TV Shows Up!

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When 'Friends' was in its prime, critics always drew attention to the fact that their cast was about as 'White' as you could get. When you think about it, in a big city like New York, chances would be quite slim that you could be six twenty-something white adults surrounded by a lot of other white adults. Yes, occasionally they threw in someone of another race, but not too often, and never as a main character. Flash forward years later, and TV is filled with casts that are ethnically, racially and gender-oriented diverse. And to even up the game, many shows are 'color-blind' and even 'gender-blind', casting characters in roles just as another character, without making a big deal of their race, color or gender. How many of these shows do you applaud for taking this step (finally)?

1. When 'Friends' was in its prime, critics always drew attention to the fact that their cast was about as 'White' as you could get. When you think about it, in a big city like New York, chances would be quite slim that you could be six twenty-something white adults surrounded by a lot of other white adults. Yes, occasionally they threw in someone of another race, but not too often, and never as a main character. Flash forward years later, and TV is filled with casts that are ethnically, racially and gender-oriented diverse. And to even up the game, many shows are 'color-blind' and even 'gender-blind', casting characters in roles just as another character, without making a big deal of their race, color or gender. How many of these shows do you applaud for taking this step (finally)?

Orange Is The New Black -- Not only does this show have one of the most ethnically diverse casts on television, it also deals with aspects of body and gender diversity.
28%
551 votes
Empire -- powerful family dynamics with racially diverse cast
16%
310 votes
Power -- boasts a multiethnic and multilingual cast that is almost perfectly reflective of the diversity of NYC
7%
129 votes
Grey’s Anatomy -- known for its diverse cast of doctors, which is due to the use of color-blind casting
24%
479 votes
Black-ish -- successful African-American father trying to make sure that his children don’t forget their blackness in the midst of living in a predominantly white neighborhood
16%
307 votes
Fresh Off The Boat -- the first Asian-American sitcom to show on network television in more than 20 years.
13%
254 votes
How to Get Away with Murder -- group of top-performing (and racially diverse) students
16%
314 votes
The Fosters -- multi-ethnic family being raised by two moms.
8%
162 votes
Girl Code -- cast members are white, black, Asian, Latino, and multi-ethnic.
6%
117 votes
None of them
45%
898 votes
Other (please specify)
3%
66 votes
Back years ago, it was pretty hard to find a show that featured anything but an all-white cast, or at least had a character from another race depicted as anything other than a

2. Back years ago, it was pretty hard to find a show that featured anything but an all-white cast, or at least had a character from another race depicted as anything other than a "maid' or other stereotypical racial casting. However, some shows took that bold step earlier than some. How many of these 'ground-breaking' shows do you know--all of which broke barriers in TV?

Julia --one of the first television shows to resist placing African-American characters in stereotypical parts
25%
498 votes
The Cosby Show--broke through color and class barriers
57%
1,134 votes
Star Trek: The Original Series --featured two people of color as leading characters – African-American actress Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura and Asian-American actor George Takei as Hikaru Sulu
49%
966 votes
All-American Girl--Margaret Cho wanted to show American audiences what a real Asian family looked like
11%
209 votes
I Love Lucy -- the first show to cast a Latino actor as the lead
56%
1,103 votes
Battlestar Galactica -- featured a cast that defied the boundaries of race
25%
488 votes
None of these
22%
443 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
26 votes
11/17/2015 TV 1978 35 By: Harriet56

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