Today, interracial couples are so commonly seen on television shows they rarely provoke comment. Just decades ago interracial couples were considered controversial and as such were rarities on network television.
When Lucille Ball wanted to launch her legendary sitcom “I Love Lucy” in the 1950s, she had to fight to get the show green-lit because network executives were concerned that viewers would question her marriage to a Cuban immigrant.
Master of None tells stories about people of color that usually go untold and showcases them in roles they don’t normally fill: leading man, supportive friend, loving parent.
Ansari purposefully left the ethnicities of certain roles open so the show could audition a wide range of people.
There’s something about Canadians that makes us irresistible to the world.
Whether it’s our clichéd ‘eh’ or our love of beating our American neighbours at hockey at every possible opportunity, Canada is envied all over the world.
Over the past few decades, however, minority groups have seen progress both on cable and network television.
This list can be expanded to include sex, bodily functions, and the appearances of others (“Has she had work done? ”) when the company you're keeping is even more unfamiliar and refined.Some might say that art imitates life, so it’s no surprise that there has been an explosion of television shows featuring interracial couples.However, the mainstream television series that portray Black people in interracial relationships – with Black women in particular – appear to far outnumber programs depicting Black couples.Aziz Ansari’s Master of None was released on Netflix Friday, and from buying Plan B and apple juice with a one-night stand to doing a Skype interview in a public coffee shop, the show captures Millennial concerns in a thoughtful, non-condescending way.Ansari plays Dev, a struggling actor living in New York, whose circle of friends is made up of a bearded white guy, a Taiwanese-American, and a black lesbian with fabulous athleisure style.