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Members of the Huang family in “Fresh Off the Boat” weren’t the first Asian-American characters to appear on network comedies. But watching predecessors didn’t always make a positive impression. Here are five that stood out — for better or worse.

Kealani Kellye (Kellye Nakahara)

Kellye Nakahara Wallett and Alan Alda in "M*A*S*H"
Kellye Nakahara Wallett and Alan Alda in "M*A*S*H"

20th Century Fox/Everett Collection

The show: “M*A*S*H,” 1973-83

Although she appeared in more episodes than Trapper John, the nurse never got much screen time. The episode in which she demands respect from Hawkeye was a rare exception. Nakahara died Sunday at 72.

Wince factor (scale of 1 to 10): 1

“Arnold” Takahashi (Pat Morita)

Henry Winkler, Pat Morita, Ron Howard on "Happy Days."
Henry Winkler, Pat Morita, Ron Howard on "Happy Days."

ABC

The show: “Happy Days,” 1974-77; 82-84

The drive-in owner’s accent was overcooked, but his quick wit and business savvy made him cool-a-mundo.

Wince factor: 3

Ling Woo (Lucy Liu)

Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

Fox

The show: “Ally McBeal” (1998-2002)

Smart as a whip, but her wicked-witch, sexually manipulative lawyer played into the stereotype of the Asian woman as dragon lady.

Wince factor: 7

Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar)

Raj (Kunal Nayyar and Lucy (Kate Micucci) in "The Big Bang Theory."
Raj (Kunal Nayyar and Lucy (Kate Micucci) in "The Big Bang Theory."

Michael Yarish, CBS

The show: “The Big Bang Theory” (2007-19)

Among all the regulars, his astrophysicist was the unluckiest in love. It didn’t help that he spent the early seasons unable to talk to women.

Wince factor: 6

Han Lee (Matthew Moy)

Matthew Moy as Han Lee on "2 Broke Girls."
Matthew Moy as Han Lee on "2 Broke Girls."

Darren Michaels, CBS

The show: “2 Broke Girls,” 2011-17

The waitresses spent more time ridiculing the diner boss’ short stature, lack of sex appeal and broken English than they did waiting tables.

Wince factor: 10