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. They often portray life in the black community and the inner-workings of an African American family. Often they have interesting or eccentric characters and 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 in the 80s. 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 90s black sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Although the Fresh Prince no longer holds a prime time spot, Will Smith is still one of the funniest black characters (and actors) of all time. Other unforgettable African-American characters that earn their shows a place on this list 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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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Good Times is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

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    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

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    Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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    A Different World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

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    What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    What's Happening!! Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill

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    The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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    Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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    The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais

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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana

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    Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

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    Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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    Roc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Roc Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll

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    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer

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    Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

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    227 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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    The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

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    Benson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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    Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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    Moesha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Moesha Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

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    That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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    Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn Mo'Nique,  Countess Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Yvette Wilson, Jenna von Oy, Ken Lawson

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    Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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    One on One is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    One on One Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

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    Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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    Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

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    The PJs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    The PJs Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Pepe Serna

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    LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

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    Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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    Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White

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    Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon

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    Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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    Webster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

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    Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin

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    Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis

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    LL Cool J^! Maia Campbell^! Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Meet the Browns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Meet the Browns Logan Browning, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker

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    Are We There Yet? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms


    Are We There Yet? Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart

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    Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Smart Guy Li Bingbing

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    Jester Hairston, Theresa Merritt, Clifton Davis Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Jester Hairston, Lynne Moody, Ted Lange, Listle Wilson, Joan Pringle, Helen Martin

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