United Shades of America

The BEST episodes of United Shades of America

Every episode of United Shades of America ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of United Shades of America!

Follow comedian and political gadfly W. Kamau Bell as he explores the far corners of our country and its various groups and subcultures.

Last Updated: 10/3/2022Network: CNN
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Body Politics
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8.75
12 votes

#1 - Body Politics

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/19/2019

Kamau visits Jackson, Miss. to explore the divisive world of reproductive rights and reproductive justice, including abortion, sex education, and women's health.

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HBCUs
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8.57
14 votes

#2 - HBCUs

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/3/2018

W. Kamau Bell heads to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to answer the question of why these schools are Important.

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Toxic America
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8.53
15 votes

#3 - Toxic America

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/16/2019

Kamau visits Philadelphia and Chester, Pa., to learn about the toxic man-made disasters that have polluted these communities for generations.

Directors: W. Kamau Bell
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Livingwhileblack
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8.44
18 votes

#4 - Livingwhileblack

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/9/2019

Kamau visits Milwaukee, the most segregated city in America, to better understand why living as a black person in America can be so challenging.

Directors: W. Kamau Bell
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Not All White People
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8.30
23 votes

#5 - Not All White People

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/5/2019

While in and around Seattle, Kamau takes a look at different forms of activism that white people are using to combat America's history of white supremacy and the rise of extreme right-wing groups across the country.

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The Disability Community
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8.28
18 votes

#6 - The Disability Community

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/20/2018

W. Kamau Bell meets with people with physical disabilities.

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Sikhs in America
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8.24
21 votes

#7 - Sikhs in America

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/6/2018

W. Kamau Bell unravels the stereotypes of one of the most misunderstood religions in America, Sikhism.

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The Woke War
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8.22
18 votes

#8 - The Woke War

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/10/2022

In this episode, W. Kamau Bell explores what is going on with ‘wokeness.’ The term “woke” has become the epicenter of a massive political and ideological fight for control of the nation’s future. Bell visits Arizona, an emerging swing state on the front-line of a culture war that is an epicenter of national polarization.

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The Real D.C.
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8.21
19 votes

#9 - The Real D.C.

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/26/2019

Kamau takes a look at Washington, D.C. through the eyes of residents who show him the vibrant culture that is distinct from the politics that surround it.

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Policing the Police
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8.19
16 votes

#10 - Policing the Police

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/2/2021

Kamau examines the history and current state of policing in America through the eyes of activists, organizers, politicians, victims and police themselves in his hometown of Oakland, California and the Bay Area.

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Hawaii for Hawaiians
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8.14
7 votes

#11 - Hawaii for Hawaiians

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/21/2022

The word ‘aloha’ has come to define Hawaiian hospitality: a warm, open armed welcome. But in his second trip to Hawaii, W. Kamau Bell learns how that word has been commodified and corrupted to benefit transplants and how an exploitative tourism industry has left local Hawaiians protesting to get their jobs back, competing with tourists for space in the water and struggling for housing. Bell will explore how Hawaii can sustain its tourism economy while supporting local Hawaiians.

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The Last Frontier
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8.13
45 votes

#12 - The Last Frontier

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/5/2016

W. Kamau Bell visits the Inuit people of Barrow, Alaska, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where this town, only accessible by plane, is fighting to hold on to its traditions as large companies seek to acquire their natural resources.

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Sweet Home (Mobile) Alabama
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8.13
15 votes

#13 - Sweet Home (Mobile) Alabama

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/17/2018

W. Kamau Bell heads down south to debunk some myths while also retracing his family roots with his father.

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Hmong Americans And The Secret War
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8.13
16 votes

#14 - Hmong Americans And The Secret War

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/12/2019

Kamau meets members of the Hmong community brought to America after the Laotian Civil War forced their expulsion, and learns the multigenerational stories of loss, perseverance, and hope that make up their American journey.

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The South Carolina Gullah
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8.09
23 votes

#15 - The South Carolina Gullah

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/13/2018

W. Kamau Bell visits the coast of South Carolina to meet the Gullah Geechee people.

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It's Chinatown!
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8.08
24 votes

#16 - It's Chinatown!

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/25/2017

W. Kamau Bell visits San Francisco's Chinatown; what it means to be American while culturally connected to another country.

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Native 'Americans'
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8.02
43 votes

#17 - Native 'Americans'

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/14/2017

Kamau goes to the Dakotas to bring light onto the indigenous people mistakenly called Native Americans.

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Kamau Buys a Gun
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8.00
31 votes

#18 - Kamau Buys a Gun

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/4/2017

W. Kamau Bell, a critic of gun laws in America, buys a 357 Magnum.

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Native Hawaii
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8.00
15 votes

#19 - Native Hawaii

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/1/2018

W. Kamau Bell visits the islands of Hawaii.

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Out and Proud Salt Lake
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8.00
12 votes

#20 - Out and Proud Salt Lake

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/2/2019

Kamau visits Salt Lake City to explore the growing LGBTQ community living in the epicenter of the Mormon faith.

Directors: W. Kamau Bell
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Trans in Texas
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8.00
9 votes

#21 - Trans in Texas

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/13/2021

While visiting Dallas, Texas, to listen and learn about the joys and struggles of the Black transgender community, W. Kamau Bell hears from Naomi Green on the frightening reality of medical discrimination.

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Asian Americans in the Spotlight
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8.00
9 votes

#22 - Asian Americans in the Spotlight

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/7/2022

W. Kamau Bell takes us on a personal journey as he discusses representation with some of his Asian American friends in the film and television industry, examining the commonality between his own experience and theirs. In the wake of Black Lives Matter Protests and anti-Asian hate, Bell discusses the need for Asian Americans to have a greater voice in bridging divides and helping shape a more equitable future for Black and Asian communities.

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The Landback Movement
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8.00
5 votes

#23 - The Landback Movement

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/14/2022

W. Kamau Bell travels to the Black Hills of South Dakota – a place known for centuries to the Indigenous peoples of the area as “the heart of everything that is.” Bell dives into the leading edge of one of the most profound campaigns of Native self determination to date with the LANDBACK campaign. Native leaders are demanding that the United States honor its treaties and return all public lands, starting with the Mount Rushmore monument, to the management and stewardship of Indigenous peoples.

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Immigrants and Refugees
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7.94
51 votes

#24 - Immigrants and Refugees

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/30/2017

W. Kamau Bell enjoys an abundant cross-section of immigrants who come to this country from all over the world to make a better life.

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Where Do We Even Start With White Supremacy?
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7.93
15 votes

#25 - Where Do We Even Start With White Supremacy?

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/19/2020

White supremacy in America, explained How our new war collided with an old fight -- and put Black Americans on the frontlines. We're living in a perfect storm for extremist recruitment. Five questions on America's racial reckoning. The one word that Tree of Life's rabbi refuses to say.

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