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If you want diverse kids’ TV, watch PBSKids

I could go on forever about Arthur but I don’t have forever so I’ll just list what’s awesome (diversity-wise) about my other favorite PBSKids shows ( I won’t tell you the plots because I want you to look these shows up if you don’t know about them)

Cyberchase: Two-thirds of the main trio are WoCs (and the “token white boy” isn’t blond), all the new friends they make who are explicitly shown as part of the group (Shari, Creech. Slider etc.) are PoCs and even among the villains, the lead female villain is more so the brains of the operation while the main guy is a bit of a blowhard (in a matchup somewhat reminiscent (though those two came first) of King Richard and Queen Madalena from Galavant)

Maya And Miguel: Latin@ family at the center of the show and no one  (whatever their race) is really a stereotype; the titular main twins are just dramatic foils off of each other. Speaking of the twins, each is a part of a sort-of-friendship-trinity that’s really diverse in both cases. Maya’s best friends are (Dominican) (thank you rainbowsandsunties) Chrissy and (Asian) Maggie. Of Miguel’s friends; Theo is African-American and Andy is a white boy but one who happens to have only one arm.

WordGirl: Even though the titular superheroine is an alien (with a Superman-esque origin story) she is still a WoC in a PoC Earth family. In that family, her mother works, in a high-paying prominent job no less (district attorney), her dad stays at home and her little brother idolizes her superheroic identity. Her best friend/sometimes-hinted-at-crush is perhaps the least stereotypical Asian character I’ve ever seen. Even among WordGirl’s rogues gallery, there is about a 50-50 gender split and the majority of the villainesses are WoCs 

The Electric Company (2009 reboot): Of the ten main characters, five are women, three are African-American, two are Hispanic and one is probably biracial. Also (although the show can’t talk about it since it’s a kids’ show), there are a couple characters that could be reasonably headcanoned as autistic and there’s queer subtext a lot of places.

Odd Squad: Since this show is shorter than the others, it’s hard to see the diversity since it does appear to have a very white cast but one of the two main characters is a Hispanic boy and the character who’s the boss of the entire titular organization is an African-American girl