5 Millennial Kids' Shows With Awesome Latino Characters

It used to be that having non-stereotypical Latino characters on TV was a pipe dream. But that dream has been realized, as kids growing up now have awesome Latino characters that not only showcase our culture, but do so in a way that feels more authentic. Millennial? You'll definitely know what we're talking about. Here are some of the best shows from the turn of the millennium that featured great Latino characters. 

1. Taina

Taina (2001 - 2002)

Oh, Taina. We're sad this show didn't last as long as it should have. Taina featured the title character, a Puerto Rican teen living in New York City with her parents, her little brother and her abuelo. The show centered around Taina (played by Christina Vidal) wanting to be a famous performer, but the real moments focused on her school life, understanding her culture (including failing a Spanish test and disagreeing with her parents about her Quinceañera) and just being a typical teen.

2. The Brothers Garcia

The Brothers Garcia (2000 - 2003) 

A groundbreaking show on many levels (it was the first English-language sitcom to have an all Latino cast and creative team!), The Brothers Garcia featured (you guessed it) the story of three brothers and a sister, narrated by the older version of the youngest son, Larry. Set in San Antonio, Texas the show really was a milestone in bringing an "American-Latino" family to screens and homes. It was like the millennial version of The Wonder Years. 

3. Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie McGuire (2001 - 2004)

The popular series featured the main character Lizzie, her best friend Gordo, and her other best friend: Miranda Sanchez, who was Mexican-American. Miranda was funny, opinionated and was always sticking up for her BFF Lizzie. The show featured an entire episode that explained Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and on another episode the crew winds up on a Spanish game show everyone is obsessed with (despite not knowing Spanish) "El Oro de Montezuma." After Miranda's cousin Carlos (the only one who knows Spanish) gets separated from the team, Miranda tries to help her amigos out by explaining the game's final challenge. They, um, don't quite win. 

4. Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana (2006 - 2011)

Hannah Montana was a huge winner for Disney, and one of the biggest scene-stealers of the show was little Rico (played by Moises Arias). Despite the fact that the character's name was Rico Suave, Jr. (yes, for real), the character actually broke relatively new ground for a Latino character: Rico came from a very wealthy Latino family, was an entrepreneur (he was the manager of an outdoor concession stand), and was extremely gifted academically -- he skipped several grades and was in the same class as Hannah Montana (aka Miley) herself. 

5. Wizards of Waverly Place

Wizards of Waverly Place (2007 - 2012) 

The mixed-heritage family was another great depiction of American families. The Russo family was made up of Jerry Russo (who was Italian), Theresa Russo (who was Mexican and played by María Canals Barrera) and their children: Alex, Justin and Max. Dealing with being wizards is one thing, but the kids also had to juggle "normal kid problems" like homework, enemies, relationships and more. In the show, Alex (Selena Gomez) also deals with planning a Quinceañera, which at first she resists, but after realizing how important it is to her mom, embraces.