80s TV The Best '80s Black Sitcoms  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite African American comedy shows that aired in the 1980s

Although the black sitcom boom happened in the '90s, the 1980s had a ton of hilarious African American comedy shows as well. Black sitcoms have been around since the early days of network television, but shows like The Cosby Show and Diff'rent Strokes are arguably more famous than any other black sitcoms throughout TV history.  

Which shows appear on this list of the top '80s black sitcoms? A Different World and What's Happening Now!! top our list. Other shows include Benson, Amen, and The New Odd Couple. 

Where do your favorite 1980s funny black sitcoms fall on this list? Be sure to vote up the best ones, and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

3
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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
1491971760840 added The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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58 21
Sanford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Sanford Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, LaWanda Page

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61 27
227 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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51 21
What's Happening Now!! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
What's Happening Now!! Martin Lawrence, Fred Berry, Anne-Marie Johnson

8
54 25
Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

9
50 22
Amen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

10
43 22
Webster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

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49 30
Benson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

12
26 17
The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The Redd Foxx Show Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon

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13 26
Bustin' Loose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Bustin' Loose Jimmie Walker, Vonetta McGee, Clive Revill

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The Littles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
julillix added The Littles Jimmy Keegan, Bettina Bush, Alvy Moore

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9 26
Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Frank's Place Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid

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9 28
Checking In is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Checking In Ruth Brown, Marla Gibbs, Robert Costanzo

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7 25
Charlie & Co. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Charlie & Co. Gladys Knight, Jaleel White, Della Reese

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6 25
The New Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The New Odd Couple Ron Glass, John Schuck, Liz Torres

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6 26
Melba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Melba Melba Moore, Lou Jacobi, Gracie Harrison

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6 27
The Robert Guillaume Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The Robert Guillaume Show Robert Guillaume, Wendy Phillips

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He's the Mayor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
He's the Mayor Pat Corley, Kevin Hooks, David Graf