The Best Black Sitcoms TV Programs
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The Best Black Sitcoms

List Criteria: Vote up your favorite comedy shows about or targeted to African Americans

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”), 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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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    ranked low on reranks Martin Lawrence, Garrett Morris, Tisha Campbell-Martin

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    most listed Chris Rock, Terry Crews, Holly Weber

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    Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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    Taylor Lautner, Damon Wayans, Jennifer Freeman

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock

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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, William Lee Scott

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Christian Finnegan

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    ranked high on reranks & added by AlanDeanNaldrett Josh Lucas, Cleavon Little, Brigid Brannagh

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    ranked low on reranks Raven-Symoné, Nell Carter, Holly Robinson Peete

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    ranked low on reranks & added by KailaniGriffin Carlos Mencia, Soleil Moon Frye, Cedric the Entertainer

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