With ‘Andi Mack,’ Disney Launches First Asian American-Centric TV Show

Disney Channel has launched the season premiere for its first Asian American family-centric television series: “Andi Mack.” The series features Peyton Elizabeth Lee, 12, as the main character, Andi.

The Utah-filmed show — written by Terri Minsky, the name behind “Lizzie McGuire” — revolves around 12-year-old Andi, who is sheltered by her overprotective parents. By the time Andi’s 13th birthday comes around, her older, cooler sister returns home and drops a jaw-dropping secret that changes Andi’s life. (Avoid spoilers and feel free to watch the first episode below!)

In a Bustle interview, Lee said she’s excited that the show brings racial diversity to TV, but she’s glad that the show is not merely about race.

“I think it just goes to show that we’re all the same, you know?” Lee said. “Race has nothing to do with how you live your day-to-day life. Everyone is really the same inside, and I think this show celebrates being different and celebrates standing out. I think that’s something that’s really important.”

In addition to Lee, who has been seen on shows like “Shameless” and “Scandal,” Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Lilan Bowden and Lauren Tom star in the show.

Disney has made the first episode available on the Disney Channel App, video on demand, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and Google Play. Exclusive access for the second episode is also available on Disney Channel’s video on demand and to verified users of the Disney Channel App.

The series will air its next episode on April 7.