10 of the Most Compelling Interracial Couples on Television

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | November 13, 2014 |


It’s sad that Selfie was canceled, because on top of the show being way better than it had any right to be, it means that John Cho won’t be on our TV screens anymore. Even more disappointing is that we’ll never get the eventual coupling of Cho with Karen Gillan. It would’ve made for a damn interesting interracial coupling, which is still rarer than you might think on television today. I’m in an interracial couple myself, though I don’t think of myself in those terms: I’m a Bangladeshi Muslim, and my husband is a white Jew. So it’s nice seeing diverse couples on television, if only because it reflects the actual world we live in. With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 of the most interesting interracial couples in recent television history, where their races aren’t really that much of an issue.

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1. Brad Williams and Jane Kerkovich-Williams, Happy Endings
Not only one of the best small-screen interracial couples, but one of the best couples ever…period. They have fun, support each other, and role-reverse quite often.


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2. Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project
If Mindy and Danny being together means that Danny dances and Michael Jackson-yells in every episode, I’m all for it. And hey, Indian lead actress.


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3. Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene, The Walking Dead
When it’s the end of the world, race really isn’t an issue, and the show never calls attention to their dissimilar backgrounds. They have more important things to worry about, like cuddling (seriously, if Abraham and Rosita can go at it, with Eugene watching why not these two?)


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4. David Fisher and Keith Charles, Six Feet Under
My favorite couple on my favorite show (my husband has decided he’s the Keith to my David, which probably means I should stay away from scruffy hitchhikers). They even adopted two older (black) children in the later seasons, which added an interesting dynamic.


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5. Lane Kim and Zack Van Gerbig, Gilmore Girls
Lane’s childhood of hiding who she *really* was from her mother is something I relate to all too well, although I didn’t have to hide CDs in the floorboard; my copy of Savage Garden’s titular album was out for everyone to see. Then again, I didn’t play CBGB’s, so…


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6. Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard, Scandal
Olivia Pope can only stand in the sun with Jake (not Fritz, never Fritz), who understands her better than anyone else does.


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7. Crosby Braverman and Jasmine Trussell, Parenthood
The way these two approached and handled an awkward conversation about a certain word you should never say speaks volumes about the difference of experiencing race.


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8. Jay Pritchett and Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family
Jay and Gloria differing in age and race on one of the highest rated television shows on a network channel is a big deal. She can be a bit of a stereotype at times, but Modern Family has done an admirable job at showing how she calls the shot in this marriage.


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9. Kalinda Sharma and Cary Agos/Lara Delaney, The Good Wife
Kalinda isn’t choosy, so you can’t really make me choose between the two pairings.


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10. Christopher Turk and Carla Espinosa, Scrubs
I also could’ve gone with Turk and J.D., but I liked how Turk and Carla’s background came into play, like when he tried to learn Spanish. It’s no “Guy Love,” but it’s damn close.


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