Our Favorite Interracial TV Couples
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.
“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.
“Scandal’s” Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant
One of the hottest shows on television right now is Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal.” The hour-long drama centers around Olivia Pope’s professional life of being paid to put out fires while juggling a scandalous affair with the president of the United States. Even though she’s a Black woman and he’s White, rarely does race play a part in their relationship (other than the Sally Hemmings slave references). “Scandal” marks the first time a Black woman has been the lead of a network primetime drama show in 40 years.
“Boy Meets World’s” Shawn Hunter and Angela Moore
Ben Savage got his start on the coming of age sitcom “Boy Meets World” as Cory Matthews. His best friend Shawn Hunter was there for much of Cory’s shenanigans and while Cory pined over Topanga, Shawn was busy dating her best friend Angela, who was Black. Angela, played by Trina McGee Davis, joined the cast in season five and stayed on “Boy Meets World” until it went off of the air in 2000. Fourteen years later, the spin-off “Girl Meets World” is set to premiere at the end of June.
“My Name is Earl’s” Joy and Darnell Turner
Ok so this is a little dysfunctional but rock with us. Petty criminal Earl Hickey once decided to change for the better and put some good karma in the universe by trying to right the wrongs he made against people throughout his life. That was probably the only reason why he still kept in contact with his ex-wife Joy and even became friends with her brand new husband, self-described “Crabsman” Darnell Turner. Earl was even a father to her third child even though he looked more like Joy’s Black husband than Earl.
“The Jeffersons’ ” Tom and Helen Willis
When it debuted in 1975, “The Jeffersons” was on the receiving end of a lot of attention. Not only did it feature an upwardly mobile Black family, the sitcom also starred an interracial couple. The show may have been a comedy but George Jefferson held some of the same views many Americans felt at that time towards his neighbors Tom and Helen Willis. Tom was white and Helen was Black and they were the butt of many jokes by George. In real life, Roxie Roker was married to a Jewish man and they had one child, rocker Lenny Kravitz.
“Community’s” Britta Perry and Troy Barnes
“Community’s” Britta Perry may have had her eye on fellow classmate and disgraced lawyer Jeff Winger towards the beginning of the show but over time, her attention went to Troy Barnes. Britta and Troy tried to keep their relationship a secret at first but it was hard keeping the news from their study group. Britta and Troy stayed together until Troy, played by Donald Glover, left the show this past season.
“Modern Family’s” Jay and Gloria Pritchett
When the show first aired, audiences immediately related to at least one of the three couples on ABC’s “Modern Family.” In addition to the typical family with a husband, wife and three children, the show also starred a gay couple and a May-December romance with an older white man and a younger Latina wife. Jay and Gloria resembled a lot of real life couples in more ways than one. Jay played stepfather to Gloria’s son from a previous marriage before the two welcomed another son of their own.
“The Game’s” Jason and Kelly Pitts
When “The Game” first debuted, San Diego Sabres star Jason Pitts was happily married to wife and mother of his daughter Kelly. But over time they grew apart and finally broke up. Brittany Daniels, the actress who plays Kelly, revealed that the reason why her character was written off of the show was because she was dealing with a serious medical scare of her own, cancer. This season, Kelly is back on the show and Jason stopped his own wedding to Chardonnay, wife number two whom he eloped with, to declare his love for his first wife.
“Happy Endings’” Brad and Jane Williams
“Happy Endings” was only on the air for three seasons but audiences fell in love with married couple Brad and Jane Williams, played by Damon Wayans, Jr. and Eliza Coupe. The “madly” in love couple would often show their love and affection for each other no matter who was in the room, much to the dismay of their four friends. Although it was popular in the beginning, “Happy Endings” suffered a major dip in the ratings during its third season, largely due to an erratic shift in the schedule.
“Parenthood’s” Crosby and Jasmine Braverman
When “Parenthood” first debuted, youngest son Crosby Braverman was enjoying the bachelor’s life living in a boathouse and riding a motorcycle to work as a studio engineer. But when an old girlfriend popped up from the past with their young son in tow, suddenly Crosby was forced to grow up. He developed a relationship with his son and rekindled the romance with Jasmine. The show just wrapped up its fifth season and Crosby and Jasmine are happily married and welcomed a baby girl.
“Hawthorne’s” Christina Hawthorne and Nick Renata
Jada Pinkett Smith took a long break from television after “A Different World” went off the air but 16 years later she returned to television to star in and executive produce the TNT drama “Hawthorne.” Pinkett-Smith played Christina Hawthorne a single mother and head nurse at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Her romance with chief of surgery Dr. Tom Wakefield was nothing compared to the hot and steamy affair she had with Marc Anthony’s Detective Nick Renata. Despite its popularity, the show was abruptly cancelled after the third season.
“Shameless” Veronica Fisher and Kevin
Showtime’s “Shameless” centers around big sister Fiona Gallagher as she struggles to raise her five younger brothers and sisters. Her drug-addicted mom is non-existent and although her alcoholic father Frank is in the picture, all of the parental duties fall on Fiona. She leans heavily on her best friend and next-door neighbor Veronica and her husband Kevin. Kevin makes a living as the owner of a bar but after Veronica became pregnant with triples, he branches out into the world of pimping to bring extra money in. Not the best career in the world, but the two is honestly the most stable pair on the series.
“Girlfriends’” Toni and Todd Garrett
When “Girlfriends” debuted in 2000, it immediately found an audience with Black women. Fans tuned in each week to see the latest with Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni. While each of the women had their fair share of men, it was Toni who stepped outside the box when she married Todd, a white, Jewish plastic surgeon. Their yearlong marriage ended when he moved to New York and by the end of the sixth season, Toni, played by Jill Marie Jones, relocated to the Big Apple so their daughter could be closer to her father.
Kate Walsh’s Dr. Addison Montgomery first appeared on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” before starring in the spin-off “Private Practice.” The show centered around the private practice Montgomery worked at run by her college friend Naomi Bennett and her ex-husband, Sam. But she overstepped her friendship’s boundaries by taking up a relationship with Sam, played by Taye Diggs. The two remained a couple for several seasons but Sam and Naomi found their way back to each other in the series finale.
“Sex and the City”
“Sex and the City” followed four women in their 30’s struggling to juggle it all while living in New York City. Cynthia Nixon played Miranda Hobbes, the voice of reason on the show. Hobbes, a successful lawyer, had her own hang-ups over men and before she settled down and married on-again, off-again boyfriend Steve, she dated a few men including the sexy Dr. Robert Leed. Played by Blair Underwood, Leed was employed as the team physician for the New York Knicks. However their relationship was short-lived; Miranda and Steve realized their love for each other and got married.