Positive, Complex, and Refreshing AAPI Characters We Adore!

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May is Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

While AAPI actors and characters are still underrepresented, the TV landscape is making strides when it comes to all different types of diversity onscreen, including representing AAPI characters and showcasing them well.

Many of these characters have broken grounds, subverted common racial tropes, and are the wonderfully complex, lovable, and/or positive portrayals that we need.

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We wanted to commemorate this month by compiling a list of some of our favorites.

Check it out, and feel free to add your own below.

Miggy – Single Parents

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Miggy is the youngest parent on the tragically canceled Single Parents, and he had a knack for stealing a scene. But it was such a refreshing change of pace to have the Asian-American male as the lovably dimwitted, fashionable, tatted up, and coolest character out of the bunch.

He’s hot, kindhearted, and often requires the guidance of others, but he’s so in tune with his emotions, and in so many ways, he subverts some of the more traditional depictions of Korean men on TV. Miggy is a total hipster dudebro, and on him, the trope looks hella good. 

Devon – The Resident 

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The beauty of Devon Pravesh, outside of his actual attractiveness — the man is gorgeous, is that he’s a multifaceted character as a doctor, friend, and romantic partner. 

His identity as a first-generation Indian-America is part of his characterization without him getting reduced to that, and it realistically crops up throughout his daily life as one of Chastain’s finest.

He’s allowed to be messy, and flawed; he’s a compassionate, smart, and funny character, and even though his romantic life is a hot mess when it’s shown, there’s still value and importance in actually depicting him as romantically viable.

He’s a very real, grounded character with dimension.

Katherine – A Million Little Things 

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Katherine Saville is a perfect example of a series starting off depicting a standard racial trope and then slowly turning it on its head. Initially, she came across as a stoic, unfeeling Ice Queen. However, as the series progressed, Katherine was revealed as a layered, complex, wonderful character.

Grace Park gives one of the most compelling and nuanced performances of the series. Katherine’s emotional journey as she copes with the loss of a friend, isolation from most of her peers, her husband’s infidelity and love child, and motherhood while working a full-time demanding job is a wonderfully complex depiction of womanhood.

And the series manages to infuse all of that with hints of how her culture influences her. From the casual use of Korean when speaking to her mom, to unpacking why she compartmentalizes feelings or strives for perfection, or how her identity affected her experiences at work.

Katherine is such a relatable and aspirational character.

The Huangs – Fresh Off the Boat

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Fresh off the Boat is a groundbreaking series for the mere fact that it exclusively focused on a Chinese-American family and primarily starred Asian-Americans. It joined the ranks of other ABC sitcoms showcasing the everyday life of a family with a specific identity and culture.

Via FOB, viewers could not only relate to another American family, but better understand aspects of a culture they otherwise didn’t belong to or relate, and in the end, conclude that while there are many differences, we all aren’t that dissimilar after all.

Travis – Station 19

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Sadly, there are still so few AAPI queer characters on TV, so it’s something special when we can acknowledge the handful of them that exist and move us.

Travis is heroic, as a firefighter, it comes with the job, but it’s a natural instinct for him that predated his days of fighting fires and treating others. He’s an EMT with a compassion that will move you to tears towards those he saves.

He’s a widow who lost the love of his life and is still making space in his life for the potential of loving someone again. After his origin story revealed his struggle to deal with his parents accepting his sexuality, it made you love him more and appreciate the importance of stories like his being told.

Joan Watson – Elementary 

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Lucy Liu is a legend, and most of her characters are equally as iconic. Joan Watson is no exception. Not only does she play a gender-bent version of Sherlock’s partner, Watson, but she’s an Asian-American, and both aspects of her identity help make this rendition of Watson fresher and a standout.

Joan’s shift from a medical doctor to an exceptional investigator is such an aspiring journey, and she carved out a place and name for herself all the way earning the respect and utter devotion of a classic misanthrope.

Joan Watson is all the goals.

White Rose – Mr. Robot

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Whiterose is one of the most radical, provocative characters on this list. It’s suitable that she belongs to a series that is very much the same and some.

On a series that reshaped what it means to explore identity, Whiterose is a unique character who captured an experience you seldom see for any community, let alone the AAPI one.

While a villainess, she was so complex and rich. And her motivations and desires made for captivating storytelling, especially when the series explored how dueling identities as a trans woman and an Asian person intersected and diverged.

Cristina Yang – Grey’s Anatomy

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Can you even have a list celebrating some of the most influential and important AAPI characters and not include Cristina Yang? It would be akin to blasphemy.

In some ways, she’s arguably more popular than Meredith Grey herself, appealing to millions of fans as the ambitious, dedicated, headstrong, snarky, and dark surgeon.

Her unwavering, and unapologetic ambition and power, are unparalleled.

Ravi Chakrabarti – iZombie 

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Dr. Tall, Dark, British, and at times partially zombie, is the most beloved character on iZombie. He’s the most tried and true, loyal character.

Ravi is an innovator and pioneer, but also the comedic relief and has so much heart. He had a way of occupying so many spaces without ever getting pigeonholed into one designated position. And one of the most inspirational characters on the series.

Alex Parrish – Quantico 

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Priyanka Chopra made history as the first South Asian to lead an American series. While there were questionable choices, particularly in making the lead, a brown woman, a suspect in a terrorist plot — the first season’s initial premise, the history-making series was a hit.

Alex Parrish is fierce, determined, and relentless. Her devotion to a country that was accusing her of being a terrorist was both surreal and poignant. And it was amazing to watch the savvy, beautiful FBI/CIA agent fight crime, conspiracy, and terrorism, like an action heroine.

Howie/Chimney – 9-1-1

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Howie/Chimney may just be the heart of the team, in addition to being a fan-favorite. We’re accustomed to seeing AAPI characters as doctors, so it’s refreshing to see a character who is helping others and saving lives but as a first responder instead.

And Chimney’s journey toward becoming one of the house’s most beloved firefighters was an illuminating one when the series gave us a centric episode of his backstory rife with highs, lows, hardships, discrimination, love, friendship, and perseverance.

We see him battle life and death situations and experiences, he’s the most supportive friend, and the epitome of boyfriend goals. And one of the most well-rounded and developed characters in the 9-1-1 franchise.

Kira Yukimura – Teen Wolf 

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Kira’s departure was one of the most disappointing things to happen in the series. It left a bad taste in some fans’ mouths that they shuffled her off, with no closure, after her familial history and its connection to the latest mythological villain was complete.

However, the usage of Japanese mythology led to one of the series’ best storylines, and Kira’s discovery that she was a kitsune made her a lovely addition to Scott’s pack. Her romantic relationship with Scott almost rivaled that of his first love and was beautifully depicted as well.

And Kira was a smart, sweet, awkward badass character who learned how to wield her power and embrace her heritage.

Mateo, Sandra, & Cheyenne – Superstore

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Superstore is one of the most authentically diverse series on the air. Each of their characters feels, looks, and acts like real people that you’d encounter every day.

Mateo shines as a gay former undocumented Filipino immigrant. There are only a couple of Filipino characters on American TV, so his portrayal is instrumental in creating a space for others to seen and represented beyond a punchline.

Sandra is a scene-stealer as the awkward, soft-spoken, plus-sized employee whose sweet and almost naive demeanor is endearing, and Cheyenne as the fun-loving ditz will make you smile.

Vijay Kapoor – New Amsterdam

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Who doesn’t love Kapoor? He’s the purest character in the series. As the eldest doctor of the core group, he’s often depicted as someone who treats patients at his own pace and in his own way. But he brings wisdom and efficiency to New Amsterdam that only he could pull off. 

He’s a proud man of faith, and his Hinduism is incorporated into the series in unexpectedly delightful ways. Kapoor isn’t reduced to his heritage and culture, but it’s organically weaved into the series in such a realistic manner that it’s touching. 

Lucy Chen – The Rookie 

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You will not find a more kickass character on The Rookie than Lucy Chen. She’s a pint-sized force of nature and one of the best of the rookies. She’s confident, smart and savvy, and strong-willed.

She’s also vulnerable, emotionally open, and she’s a survivor. She’s given room to have an emotional range, and it’s something that’s notable and appreciated.

Josh Chan – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Another one of the only few Filipino characters on American TV, Josh got to operate the coveted titled of romantic male lead for the main character.

It’s something that you rarely see. One of the most notable installments of the series was where Josh spent the holiday with his family, and the series normalized the depiction of a Filipino family and their culture being shown on TV.

Josh as a character who is strong in his Catholic faith and the values his parents instilled in him. He’s personable, charming, and handsome. He has a natural charisma that draws people in, but it doesn’t get more amusing than the realistic portrayal of how families like his coddle, cater and spoil him. 

Joanna Chang – Burden of Truth 


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Joanna is a strong-willed and hyperfocused lawyer who pours her heart and soul into her work. She could easily come across cold and distant, as she has the vibe of most who are emotionally repressed, but Kreuk brings parity to her character.

It results in Joanna being an underrated and complex character leading a series that falls criminally below the radar.

Mary Hamilton – Batwoman

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An engaging member of Team Batwoman, you can argue that she’s every bit as vital and heroic as Batwoman herself, and she barely gets the credit for it.

She’s brilliant, quick on her feet, and motivated. Mary running an underground medical center to treat those who would otherwise slip through the cracks tells you everything you need to know about her and why she’s one of the greatest characters.

May & Daisy – Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has not one but two prominent AAPI characters, both badass women in their own right who have had incredible arcs throughout the season.

May comes across on the rigid, tacit side, but she has such a maternal presence on the series that softens her up from the stereotypical non-feeling fighter, and Daisy’s arc is a convoluted, fascinating arc that has driven the series.

Devi – Never Have I Ever

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Devi is the perfect teen-heroine who happens to be of South Asian descent, and the importance of that is not on viewers. She’s smart, nerdy, and ambitious, but she’s also bold and larger than life.

The balance of something as traditional as the nerdy role with such a confident, young woman who knows what she wants and goes after it makes her an engrossing and unique character.

Edrisa – Prodigal Son 

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Keiko Agena is an icon. Period.

She steals the heck out of her scenes as the lovable, winsome medical examiner, Edrisa Tanaka. She’s bubbly, positive, nerdy, and wonderfully weird.

She’s such a quirky character, but she’s one with depth, and it’s in her serious moments that reveal a woman who is passionate about her work, deeply philosophical, and humane.

She has a wisdom and slight jadedness beneath her cheerful exterior, and it makes her a more complex character than what initially meets the eye.

Henry Higgins – Selfie 

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John Cho is another legend, and it came as no surprise that he was the first person to break a glass ceiling for Asian-American representation on TV.

The tragically cut short Selfie was the first American series with an Asian male as the romantic lead. Henry’s chemistry with Eliza was off the charts, and on the surface, he seemed as if he was an uptight, stuffy character, but it turned out he was much cooler than he let on.

Henry was a bit of a nerd, but he also knew how to have a good time, and there was a nuanced approach to his character that was surprising for a half-hour comedy.

Alice – Good Trouble

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Quirky, delightfully awkward, funny, and the quintessential mom friend, Alice is the one person at the Coterie that everyone loves. She makes it hard not to adore her.

She’s also one of the few queer AAPI characters on TV, and she has one of the best ongoing arcs exploring her sexuality with relationships dealing with typical ups and downs of any couple and queer issues too.

Alice coming out to her traditional, conservative parents was quality viewing. And her earnest quest to pursue a stand-up comedy career is a delightfully original premise.

Monty – The 100

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Monty is an intelligent character who puts his intellect to good use by helping those he cares about. His display of humanity and nonviolence within a series where it’s prevalent makes him stand out from many of the others.

As an intuitive, loyal, and likable character with a protective streak, he’s some of the most positive representation on the series.

Audrey Lim & Alex Park – The Good Doctor 

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Everything Changes - The Good Doctor Season 3 Episode 16

Audrey Lim is a total BAMF. She’s not only one of the best doctors at the hospital, but she is also the person who runs it. Fierce, no-nonsense, and bold, Audrey is a real leader. The series even allowed her to balance out her personal and professional life, and she has agency and is allowed to be powerful and feminine in equal measure.

Park is a character with many layers to him as well. He’s not the standard doctor trope; as someone who made a career shift from law enforcement to medicine, he often has a unique outlook that sets him apart from others. He’s allowed to be pigheaded, unlikable, and flawed while still interesting.

Ellie Chu – The Half of It

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This Netflix movie caught many people’s attention by showcasing a different type of love story.

The quiet complexity of Ellie’s character is some of the most extraordinary work. As an immigrant with a father who highly-skilled father who barely spoke English, she captured the trials and triumphs of immigrant kid taking on responsibilities at a young age. 

She’s an acerbic, poetic, smart, and socially challenged lesbian teen whose growth made for one of the best coming of age stories in decades. 

Glenn Rhee – The Walking Dead 

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Glenn Rhee will forever go down as one of The Walking Dead’s most beloved characters. He was kind, loyal, and brave. He was one of the most honorable and moral characters in the series, and he never lost that during his entire tenure of the series, even if the face of unspeakable tragedies and trials.

Glenn is the character that others looked up to and aspired to be. He left such a lasting impression on anyone he encountered, and the importance of his goodness isn’t lost.

Jason & Tahani – The Good Place

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Jason and Tahani are two totally different types of characters, but that versatility is part of why their representation is so necessary in the first place.

Jason is another example of the dudebro that you don’t typically see portrayed onscreen. He’s almost childlike in his depiction, and a bit of an eccentric as well. But that’s all part of what makes his character absorbing.

Tahani is one of the most overtly good characters on the series, and that is as meaningful as it is positive in regard to representation. She’s equal parts beauty and brains, but she balances it out with being a genuinely decent, alluring person as well.

George – Nancy Drew

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A devoted sister who will stop at nothing to protect those she cares about, outspoken, secretive, and a bit of a tomboy, George is a prototype you don’t exactly see often for most AAPI characters on TV, and that’s what made her a perfect candidate for this list. 

She’s an imperfect character whose life is a bit on the messy side, but she puts up a good front. And she has a pivotal role in Nancy’s Drew crew. 

Gordon Katsumoto – Magnum P.I. 

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Gordon is a gem of a character, and he’s a fan-favorite of the series. He has worked like hell to get to his position and is often depicted as a confident, hardworking individual who knows how to get what he wants. 

He’s a by the books cop, and it causes him to clash with Magnum often, but it’s also why he’s so pivotal to the series. He balances him out, and they make an effective team as a result. 

Sun Bak & Kala Dandekar – Sense8

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Sense8 had some of the richest, most diverse, and compelling characters on TV. The global series had characters from all walks of life linked together as one, with a beautiful message about unity and oneness.

Sun is a character who could’ve come across one-note, once again as the stoic woman who doesn’t allow herself to feel, but she’s protective, loyal, and has a strong sense of honor and duty.

Meanwhile, Kala is such an inspiring character as she perfectly encapsulates what it means to be a person of science and faith. She’s compassionate and passionate, and both women are like two sides of the same coin.

Ethan Choi – Chicago Med

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Ethan is a man of honor and duty. He lives to serve, something that came up when he served in the military and does now as he serves others as a doctor.

He’s as compassionate as he is self-righteous. He’s reckless and always willing to put his life on the line for the betterment of others. He’s not a perfect character, but those imperfections are what make him so distinctly human and relatable.

Lara Jean Covey – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

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Bubbly, sweet, and enthusiastic, Lara Jean Covey is another character who nails the coming of age story for young girls. But what set hers apart from most is how her culture was expertly woven into her story from holidays, to customs, to food and beverages, and other traditions. 

Lara Jean has the classic Girl Next Door vibe. It’s something not traditionally shown for young Asian-American girls, so from her hobbies to her love life, and her friendships, and family experiences, Lara Jean is a wonderful representation and she resonates with many. 

Lane – Gilmore Girls

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Arguably the most relatable teen of the series, Lane was the originator of the Asian teen girl on network TV. Her character paved the way for many after her, including some of the girls who are on this list. Lane was a warm, funny, likable character and a breath of fresh air particularly during a time when it was rare to see characters like her.

Lane’s mother had a bit of a hold on her, and she grew up in a household with a traditional, strict mother, and her experience felt real and relatable.

It was also gratifying to see this young woman grapple with her identity and expectations — torn between what her mother wanted for her and what she would have preferred for herself.

Saya – Deadly Class

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A dedicated student who excelled at a school of assassins, Saya was a product of the Yakuza and highly-skilled. However, despite an environment that fostered rivalry and tension amongst the students of all walks of life, she was loyal and always willing to fight and protect those close to her, despite their conflicting affiliations. 

She was a bit of a teacher’s pet, savvy, strong, smart, and a force to be reckoned with, but beneath her tough exterior, there was a softness to her as well. She was another nuanced and complex character.

Eve Polastri – Killing Eve

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What an utterly complex and captivating character, yes? Sandra Oh is a gift that keeps giving which is why her role on Killing Eve is worth mentioning as well. Eve is a woman who slowly comes to grips with her dark side, and she takes viewers on the ride with her.

Her twisted obsession with Villanelle leads her down a dark, exciting path where she gets to explore her baser instincts and better understand herself, and it’s such an unconventional and awe-inspiring role.

Over to you, TV Fanatics. Who are some of your favorite AAPI characters who inspire or intrigue you? Which characters do you feel are positive Asian representation? Hit the comments below.

Source: TVfanatic.com

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What to Watch: Dirty John Season 2, Quiz, 13 Reasons Why, Life Unexpected Table Read

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ID Networks Nine at Nine continues this week, culminating with a Joe Exotic related piece.

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story premieres on USA Network starring Amanda Peet and Christian Slater, and 13 Reasons Why premieres on Netflix on Friday.

Something extra fun for fans of the canceled too soon gem Life Unexpected. There is a virtual table read via the ATX festival. All of the details of these shows and more can be found below!

WTW May 30

Saturday, May 30

9/8c ID Investigated: My Father BTK (ID)

Kerri Rawson had an idyllic life growing up in Wichita, Kansas, with her father, mother, and brother. During her childhood, a serial killer going by the name “BTK” was terrorizing the Wichita community.

The moniker came from the way the killer would murder his victims. He broke into their homes where he would bind, torture and kill his victims. Kerri remembers her father assuring her that the serial killer taunting their hometown would not hurt her.

Years later, a knock at the door and a visit from the FBI would lead Kerri to learn that the man who raised her was engulfed in a horrifying double life. Her father, Dennis Rader, was positively identified as the BTK Killer.

This special installment of 20/20 features Kerri as she comes to terms with the horrific truth about her father.

Here’s a look at what’s aired previously about the case as a teaser.

Sunday, May 31

8/7c 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (TLC)

Stephanie works up the nerve to come out to her mother and tell her the real reason she went to Australia. After returning home with his tail between his legs, Big Ed will have to apologize and make amends to his daughter.

Lisa and Usman have to say goodbye to each other, but with their constant fighting and power battles, will they even last? Doubtful.

Geoffrey is tickled to death and continues to play with the hearts of both Varya and Mary. Petition for both women to kick him to the curb and go out for drinks instead.

8/7c Hightown (Starz)

The insanity continues on Hightown Season 1 Episode 3, a pulse-pounding installment that continues to build intrigue.

The complicated dynamic between Ray and Renee continues to get more complicated, while Jackie and Junior butt heads over what happened to Sherry. Will Junior come clean?

9/8c Good Witch (Hallmark)

On the latest episode of Good Witch Season 6, Adam receives a diagnosis from Sam about his sudden condition.

Cassie is hoping to make a dream come true by getting out of the house and using her vast knowledge to help others by teaching.

Abigail and Donovan get more information about their curse. Will it finally help turn the tide for their relationship?

Tune in to find out about those topics and more.

9/8c Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein? (ID)

On August 10, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein is found dying in his prison cell, a violent and dramatic end to the life of one of the nation’s most mysterious billionaires. The financier had close relationships with some of the world’s most elite political figures and celebrities, yet he remained a shadowy figure for most of his life.

Dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of young girls, Epstein is eventually labeled a convicted sex offender but leveraged his considerable wealth and power for preferential treatment at every turn – until his earth-shattering arrest for sex trafficking in July 2019, and his death a month later.

But when the official cause of death, suicide, is called into question, coupled with bizarre circumstances surrounding the night of his demise, conspiracy theories run wild. Suicide? Assassination? Will we ever know what really happened to Jeffrey Epstein?

This three-part special (All airing tonight) takes a closer look at the life, crimes, and questions surrounding the death of this enigmatic and controversial figure.

9/8c Life Unexpected Table Read at ATX Festival! (YouTube)

Guys, this is super exciting. The virtual ATX Festival is hosting a live event bringing together the original cast for a table read.

The hope is to raise funds for Off Their Plate, which exists to support those on the dual frontlines of this unprecedented crisis — our healthcare workers healing the sick, and our restaurant workers fueling the fight.

This entirely volunteer-led organization has expanded into nine cities and provides economic support to restaurant workers while also delivering free meals to folks on the frontlines.

This fantastic live event will bring together creator and showrunner Liz Tigelaar with cast members Britt Robertson, Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Kerr Smith, Austin Basis, Reggie Austin, Erin Karpluk, Cynthia Stevenson and Ksenia Solo, as well as producer Mary Beth Basile and executive producer/director Gary Fleder.

Click the link in the YouTube below to join the fun event with a simple bookmark so you don’t miss out!

9/8c Snowpiercer (TNT)

Layton finds out the murder victim was tracking the source of Kronole, a powerful drug well-known in The Tail. This leads him to the Black Market of Third Class where all sorts of unsavory folk are on the look-out for the new Train Detective.

Meanwhile, the First Class passengers need appeasing, so Cavill and the Hospitality Team set up a Fight Night diversion. Thirdies fighting for an upgrade to Second Class, for the amusement of First Class. Nothing wrong with that, right?

Will the prizefight truly distract from the steak shortage and will Nikki’s awakening shake things up? Our review will ask all the big questions and offer some possible answers!

10/9c Quiz (AMC)

We get to experience television excellence from across the pond as AMC airs this ITV series in the US.

Based on his stage play, it’s written by James Graham and dramatizes the cheating scandal that plagued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2001.

The cast is superb, and you’ll be dazzled for three short episodes. You shouldn’t miss it. I have a full review here.

10/9c Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (SHOWTIME)

Tiago and Lewis attempt to get a confession out of Diego, although Lewis senses that his partner is holding out on him. Over at the Temple of Joyful Voices, Josefina falls more deeply under Molly’s spell.

The Craft household is about to suffer the repercussions of Magda’s interference. At the same time, Councilman Townsend makes some discoveries about his new romantic partner.

Maria tracks down Mateo to please for his return to their family home and the safety she can provide. Will he turn his back on the Pachucos? Will he stop digging his own grave? Will it be enough to save him from Rio and Rico? Check out our review for all the Vega family developments!

Monday, June 1

9/8c Vanished in New Cannan: An ID Mystery (ID)

Jennifer Dulos seems to have a picture-perfect life. At 50 years old, she has built a beautiful life in affluent, safe, New Canaan, Connecticut, and keeps busy raising her five children.

But when she disappears in 2019, the case quickly gains national attention and speculation. At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer is embroiled in a contentious divorce and custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

The investigation pivots to Fotis and his new lover as the culprits, and as more details unfurl, both are arrested. But before justice can be served, the story takes another tragic turn.

Here is some other coverage of the case to whet your appetite.

9/8c Roswell, New Mexico (The CW)

With Diego still in town, Liz is excited to share with him all the potential good that her latest scientific research can do, but given how she’s been dancing all over ethical lines and her most recent research is alien-related, will it put the Pod Squad in jeopardy?

We still don’t know enough about Diego or whether or not he could be trusted. Especially after Alex’s kidnapping.

While Liz is away with one of her exes, Max enlists the help of Liz’s other ex, Kyle, to help with something.

Bless the powers that be for giving us more screentime with Parsons and Trevino. Their chemistry crackles, and they’re so pretty to stare at too.

9/8c Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo)

Hannah and Captain Sandy are back sailing the seas of the Mediterranean! They aren’t the only familiar faces, though. Malia is now the Boson. Here’s to hoping that Malia can avoid any crazy love triangles this season.

10/9c Almost Paradise (WGN America)

In the season finale, Alex races to save his teenage daughter Evelyn when his old partner Todd comes to town to finish the job he started.

9/8c 911 Lone Star (FOX)

On this reairing of the new FOX hit, the crew has their work cut out for them when a tornado hits. For most of them, it’s their first time experiencing it, and the cases are shocking and heartwrenching too.

The series has a lot of fun with its budget for this installment, and there will be a case that will bring you to tears. So bring tissues. And catch our review!

Tuesday, June 2

8/7c America’s Got Talent (NBC)

It’s another round of auditions as the judges, including new judge Sofia Vergara, determine who will make it to the next round.

Expect outrageous auditions, inspirational and/or sob stories, and maybe someone will use their golden ticket.

9/8c Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story (USA)

The second season of this series inspired by real cases begins tonight with a double-episode premiere. The second season tackles the Betty Broderick story and stars Amanda Peet as Broderick and Christian Slater as her slain husband, Dan.

We’re going to review this one weekly, too, so make sure to make popcorn, and join us after you watch for good conversation about this horror story reenactment.

9/8c The Truth Behind Joe Exotic: The Rick Kirkham Story (ID)

In his self-proclaimed last interview regarding “Tiger King,” TV producer Rick Kirkham opens up in an explosive tell-all to expose the truths behind what he saw at the G.W. Zoo and his time with the eccentric figure, Joe Exotic.

In this one-hour special, Kirkham shares insights into how his nightmare began, and how he faced his point of no return just three months after being hired to produce Exotic’s internet show. Kirkham knew he struck gold with the quirky cast of characters and captured all the content he could for his own reality show.

But, after a fallout with Exotic, Kirkham found his entire collection of footage ravaged by an arson fire, a criminal act which has yet to be prosecuted. After yet another fire plagued his home in the U.S., Kirkham knew he had to flee for his safety and settled down in a small village in Norway to escape it all.

Now, Kirkham is ready to reveal his side of the salacious saga once and for all and will unveil exclusive footage from some material that survived the fire.

If you thought you knew everything about Exotic’s former producer, you will be surprised to see some of the stuff uncovered here. How did he land with Joe? There’s a lot to the story, and his video diaries share a lot.

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9/8c DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)

After a crazy and fun season full of Encores and Fates, the finale of the time-traveling Arrowverse show is here and it is time for the Legends to save the world yet again.

You can expect the greatest hits of the season as the Fates bring back the Encores to stop the Legends from messing with their 1984-esque world.

Also, make sure to keep an eye out for Sisqo, the artist behind “Thong Song,” because why not?

8/7c The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV)

Now that the challengers are over halfway through the competition, things are about to get very real.

The Banana/Wes alliance has been going strong all season, but is it finally imploding? Say it ain’t so! Even TJ ships this epic bromance and we are not ready for it to be over!

9/8c Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)

The Vanderpump Rules reunion is here, and if you have ever watched a Vanderpump reunion before you know that things get pretty crazy!

Now that the cast gets to sit in the comfort of their living rooms instead of having to face each other head-on, are we going to see the real claws come out?

Wednesday, June 3

10/9c Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC)

In a crazy turn of events, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents now have to save HYDRA from being erased out of existence by the Chronicoms. But will everyone be on board with that plan?

Meanwhile, May might not be the same woman we all remember after she was stabbed on the finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6. Tune in to find out her fate!

Thursday, June 4

8/7c Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV)

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here: Angeliners wedding. Thanks to media reports following the ceremony we know that all hell breaks loose at the reception after the girls’ well-intentioned speech goes terribly wrong and the whole reception turns on them.

This is the straw that broke the camels back and sealed the deal that Snookie would not return to the series, and if the previews are any indication, it looks like Deena is going to be about ready to leave the show too to avoid filming with Angelina.

The real question is will Pauly provide Jenny a much-needed distraction from all of the drama?

9/8c In the Dark (The CW)

Fresh off of a meeting where she impressed Nia, Murphy is tasked with a drug run, unlike anything she’s done before. She enlists the help of Jess, who has been giving her the silent treatment, with the assignment.

Meanwhile, Ben still poses a threat now that he knows bits and pieces about the drugs. And now that Trey has figured out where Nia’s stash is, will he hit it? And how much danger does that put Darnell in?

Friday, June 5

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

This show is truly terrible, but I can’t be the only one wanting to watch the final season to find out which characters got their comeuppance.

13 Reasons Why Season 1 told a coherent story about a young girl who thought there was no other way to continue her life. Everything that came after has been contrived to keep the show alive, and 13 Reasons Why Season 3 took that to another level.

We have little zero hope for these final episodes, so maybe we’ll be surprised.

8/7c RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (VH1)

The queens are back to make herstory yet again!

Ten past contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race return to the Werk Room for their chance to win the crown and enter the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

But which queen will be sent home first?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Hulu)

Thankfully, we won’t have to say goodbye to the gang anytime soon! It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has just been renewed for a record-breaking 15th season.

Given that it has relatively short seasons, the sitcom is easy to fly through and you can catch up in no time.

The show follows a group of degenerates who will have you laughing in almost any given situation. With many shows on hiatus, It’s Always Sunny is the perfect series to get you through the dry spell!

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There are lots of ways to say “thank you.” In the season finale of Helpsters Help You, Cody and special guests Grouplove sing a song to thank essential workers.

Watch more Helpsters Help You episodes for free on the Apple TV app or right here on YouTube Kids. From the makers of Sesame Street, Helpsters Help You is a free series of shorts created to help kids and parents alike cope with the realities of COVID-19. Cody the helpful monster is broadcasting live from the Helpsters shop, where she comes up with a plan for everything from social distancing to having fun when the park is closed. The entire series is available for free on the Apple TV app.

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Addictive. Chilling. Gripping. See why critics say Defending Jacob will keep you guessing.
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In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, this limited drama series stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Sakina Jaffrey, Betty Gabriel, and J.K. Simmons.

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“See? Now it’s catching on…” Sing along to the music of Central Park. Watch now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_CentralPark

Central Park is an animated musical comedy from Emmy® Award-winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) that follows the exploits of a family living in the world’s most famous park. The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci.

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8 Cool Things Only Found in Tales From The Loop | Amazon Prime

It may be surreal, but some things can only be found Mercer, Ohio.

Inspired by the wondrous paintings of Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop explores the mind-bending adventures of the people who live above the Loop, a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things previously relegated to science fiction, possible.

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Regular Heroes Docuseries I Episode 4 Trailer I Prime Video

Their heroism doesn’t end when the work day is done. Watch the latest episode of Regular Heroes, featuring special guest Kelly Rowland, now. https://bit.ly/RegularHeroes

This inspiring weekly docuseries highlights the heroic efforts of essential workers across the US, as told by special guests Alicia Keys, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Kelly Rowland and more. Regular Heroes brings us closer to the extraordinary people risking their lives to save their communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. From grocery clerks to teachers, their impact shows us there is hope when we work together. If you or someone you know is making a difference in their community please visit https://regularheroes.castingcrane.com/ to apply.

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The Beautiful Friendship of Selah & Paloma | Amazon Prime Video

“Doesn’t it bother you that you can’t pick what song comes next?”

In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie (MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma (Celeste O’Connor), to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.

In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a heightened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.

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Perry Mason: Official Trailer | HBO

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Everyone is guilty of something. The new original series Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, premieres June 21 at 9PM on HBO.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. #HBO #PerryMasonHBO
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TV tonight: our highlights for Saturday 30th May

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Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow is just one of the gems on today…

TV tonight Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow

Alan Carr hosts an Epic Gameshow on ITV, there’s an action-packed Casualty, and BBC2 profiles jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what’s on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What’s on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Casualty, 8.40pm, BBC1

TV tonight Casualty

There’s a hostage situation in the ED

Charlie gives Connie the hairdryer treatment when he rocks up to the ED – since Duffy’s death he’s raging at life in general and Connie specifically. But when he, Dylan, Connie and Faith are taken hostage, will we see a glimmer of the old Charlie? In an action-packed episode, armed police wait for an opportunity to stage a rescue, while Faith decides to take matters into her own hands. 

★★★★ ER

Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, 8.15pm, ITV

TV tonight Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow

Alan and the teams bring back Play Your Cards Right

Get set for nostalgia as Alan Carr brings back five of our favourite game shows. In weeks to come we’ll play The Price Is Right, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye and Take Your Pick, but tonight Alan kicks off with Brucie classic Play Your Cards Right. And he’s brought along a few friends to play the game: Ruth and Eamonn are among stars shouting ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ at an oversized pack of cards, while Chris Ramsey, Martine McCutcheon and Ore Oduba are also playing with their other halves. Great fun for all the family. 

★★★★ EB

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, 9pm, BBC2

This film about the life and career of Ella Fitzgerald begins in 1934 as she takes to the Apollo Theatre stage in Harlem. A nervous 16-year-old, she may not have looked like a star, but she sounded like one. The First Lady of Song, as she became known, was born and soon Ella was touring and finding global recognition. The film also reveals the racism that blighted her career, and her struggle to combine her success with family life. Featuring interviews with her son Ray Brown Jr, Tony Bennett and Smokey Robinson. 

★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Never Have I Ever, season 1, Netflix

TV tonight Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars

Mindy Kaling is the co-creator of this coming-of-age-comedy that centres on 15-year-old Indian-American Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan). After a difficult year, geeky Devi is determined to become cool. Adding to the sitcom’s quirky charm is the narration by American tennis great John McEnroe.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Captain America: Civil War, 9.30pm, ITV

TV tonight Captain America: Civil War

They may be superheroes but the sound of an ice-cream van is irresistible

Arguably one of the best Marvel movies, this is an Avengers film in all but name, as Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) defies Tony Stark/Iron Man, who wants all superheroes to sign a treaty to be accountable to government. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) make their debuts. 

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow on TV tonight — great viewing if you Play Your Cards Right!

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide. 

Happy viewing!

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