The Best Black Sitcoms TV Programs
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The Best Black Sitcoms

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List of the best black sitcoms, past and current. Viewers love these top African-American comedy series for many reasons: either they portray life in the black community, they have interesting or eccentric characters, or they’re just downright funny. Although there have been good black sitcoms and not-so-good black sitcoms, these are some of the best African-American comedy shows you can watch, old or new.

The best black sitcoms on TV today are descended from an interesting heritage. The first black sitcom-type program, Amos ‘n’ Andy, began its run in 1950, but it inspired controversy -- protests against it claimed that it portrayed blacks in an unfavorable, lower-class light. Black sitcoms began to come into their own with Sanford and Son, which many critics believe readied the general public to receive The Cosby Show. A far cry from Amos ‘n’ Andy, The Cosby Show featured black characters who were educated and intelligent, earning it a spot as one of the best African-American comedy shows.

Of course, some of the best black sitcoms have faded in popularity with age. Remember Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Although the Fresh Prince no longer holds a prime time spot, he’s still one of the funniest black characters on the list of the best black sitcoms. Other unforgettable African-American characters that earn their shows a place on the list of best African-American sitcoms include Martin Payne (Martin) played by comedian Martin Lawrence, Weezie (The Jeffersons), and Arnold Jackson (Diff’rent Strokes).

With many black sitcoms to choose from today, viewers shouldn’t be at a loss for great African-American comedy shows. Black sitcoms may have changed over the years, but the best black comedy shows will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

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