Our Favorite Interracial TV Couples

June 6, 2014 ‐ By Iva Anthony

Moguldom Films’ documentary, “The Swirl,” which looks at interracial relationships in America is now available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX.

Since the U.S. Census Bureau has been keeping record, interracial marriages have been on the rise. While there are more than 2.4 million mixed marriages in the U.S., Hollywood has been a bit slow in keeping up with times and portraying more interracial couples, but low and behold we’ve managed to find a few favorites over the years. Take a look.

Interracial TV Couples

“I Love Lucy’s” Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were one of, if not the first, interracial couple on television. Debuting in 1951, “ I Love Lucy” made groundbreaking history when it aired with the real-life husband and wife stars. The show followed the antics played out by comedian Lucille Ball while her husband looked helplessly on. The show lasted for six seasons and more than 60 years later, “I Love Lucy” remains popular with over 40 million Americans still tuning in.

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  • pretap

    I knew that Cristina and Tom were NOT going to last from the very ‘beginning’, just like Det. Carter and Reese. Tom had loved Cris for a very LONG time but the Writers seemed to dumb down Tom’s character, and made him look like an idiot who didn’t deserve Chris’ love, especially when Marc Anthony’s character stepped into the series.
    As for Det. Carter and Reese (Person of Interest), I saw that one coming a mile away. Reese has a special way of wooing a woman and I Know that’s what he was doing with Carter.
    For all the years I’ve been watching t.v., sadly these special couples just don’t last, and I find this so very sad in this day and time.

  • Kjopo84

    Yay Shawn and Angela!!

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  • Chanda

    Wow! Aside from Girlfriends and the Jefferson’s reruns, I’ve never watched or got into to ANY of these shows. I remember an interracial couple on Fox’s True Colors from the early 90’s but it *the show* didn’t last long.

    • Lost Soul

      Wow! I used to love that show. Memories.

  • Candace La’Chelle Johnson

    What about Charlie and Ross on friends she left Joey to be with Ross

  • Davida Green-Norris

    I love V and Kevin on Shameless, but my absolute favorite is Simon and Alisha on Misfits (BBC). If you haven’t see that, you should check it out.

  • uniquefashionista

    Kelly and Jason Pitts were my favorite. I haven’t watched the show since she has returned, but I loved those two together. Love Olivia and Fitz (Scandal is my guilty pleasure). Tom and Helen Willis are classic (what I grew up watching). Tom would follow Helen like an obedient servant…….he was always say, “Coming dear” when she would call for him.

  • Guestest

    I liked Jason and Kelly Pitts!

    • Me

      Me too…they worked.

  • Jay Gee

    How could you forget Christina Yang and Preston Burke from Grey’s? They were my favorite couple!

  • Prefer Black on Black Love

    Don’t like any of them.

  • joy

    I love joy and darnell and toni and todd

  • juicyco

    Lol @ Ricky looked helplessly on he was on some shenanigans as well

  • Gabie Aldrich

    My Hubs and I just call it being married.. BTW..Earl Jr is not Earl’s kid!!( In season one Earl thought Earl Jr was his because Joy lied)! Dodge (the older son) was Earl’s which he found out in the series finale cliffhanger.. and BTW Earl was the only one in town who called him crabman! We never found out who was Earl Jr’s bio dad because the show ended on a cliffhanger. One more thing..What about Simon and Alisha from” Misfits”The man went back in time for eternity to be with her knowing that she was going to die so he could be with her in those last months of her life.

    • B.

      Girl, don’t get me started on my Simon and Alisha. Sigh. How I miss that show.

  • Trisha_B

    Could have just said our favorite tv couples -___- interracial couples aren’t aliens lol

    • joy

      The point is that they are all interracial. So why cant she point that out????

      • Trisha_B

        But what’s the point tho? They are regular couples. They no more special than black couples or white couples.

        • joy

          Why do you assume she is saying that unterracial couples are more special than other? Do you get this upset when they feature celebrity couples?

          • Trisha_B

            No, but what’s the point of singling them out? Why would I be upset by them featuring celebrity couples when this is a blog that features celebs? :/
            I just didn’t see the point of just focusing on interracial couples. Their relationships shouldn’t be so foreign anymore

  • B.

    I’m confused, so Lucy and Ricky were in an interracial relationship, and Hawthorne and Marc Anthony’s character were in an interracial relationship. Both men are latin, so how is it interracial with both a black woman and a white woman? Nothing annoys me more than when people think race and ethnicity are the same thing.

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    • Gabie Aldrich

      They still call it a interracial relationship.. During the filming of I Love Lucy. The powers that be didn’t want Ricky even kissing her because they were afraid of a riot.. Gotta love the small mindedness of the 50’s.

      • B.

        Yes, but just because some people call it that, doesn’t make them right. Unless Desi considered himself black, which he didn’t, and he sure didn’t consider himself Asian, it’s not interracial. Listen, we know, it only took his accent for people to start acting up. And, sadly, that small mindedness is alive and kicking today.

      • juicyco

        Yea my grandma said she caught hell for that was called a n!99a lover and all

    • rainydaze80

      They were definitely and inter-cultural relationship, but it could have been interracial as well. With Desi being from Cuba, he could have had indigenous and/or african ancestry, as well as european. Lots of cubans have mixed ancestry.

      • B.

        I realize all of that, as I’m part Cuban as well. You missed my point. My point was ethnicity does not equal race. Very often people say race when they mean ethnicity. If he considered himself white, and as far as I know he did and was, then it was not interracial. Some people automatically think Latins can’t be white and that is just not true.

        • pretap

          B just because he considered himself white, doesn’t mean that’s how it really was. Sadly I’ve seen way too many Latinos, blacks, etc., deny a part of their ethnic or racial makeup, because they wanted to ‘fit in’ or are ashamed of it. I’ve seen photos of Mr. Arnaz that makes me wonder about the ‘latter’.