The Best Black Sitcoms TV Programs

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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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    Martin Lawrence, Garrett Morris, Tisha Campbell-Martin

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    most listed
    Chris Rock, Terry Crews, Tyler James Williams

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    Taylor Lautner, Bernie Mac, Camille Winbush

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    Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx

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    Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Taylor Lautner, Damon Wayans, Jennifer Freeman

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    Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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    Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill

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    Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, John Witherspoon

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    Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Dana Plato

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    Queen Latifah, Kim Fields, Kim Coles

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    Jamie Foxx, Garcelle Beauvais, Garrett Morris

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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Wendy Raquel Robinson

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    Brittany Murphy, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry

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    Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones

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    Bill Cosby, Lou Scheimer, Erika Scheimer

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    Regina King, John Witherspoon, Jill Talley

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    Carlos Mencia, Soleil Moon Frye, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Garrett Morris, Charles S. Dutton, Rocky Carroll

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    Brandy Norwood, Ray J, Shar Jackson

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    Regina King, Paul Winfield, Marla Gibbs

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    Rene Auberjonois, Robert Guillaume, Didi Conn

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    Raven-Symoné, Anneliese van der Pol, David Henrie

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    Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson, Jenna von Oÿ, Countess Vaughn Mo'Nique,  Countess Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Yvette Wilson, Jenna von Oy, Ken Lawson

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    Brandy Norwood, Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard

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    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Miles Brown

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    Rosie O'Donnell, Joey Lawrence, Nell Carter

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    Sherman Hemsley, Jester Hairston, Anna Maria Horsford

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    China Anne McClain, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lance Gross

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    Eddie Murphy, Loretta Devine, Kevin Michael Richardson

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    Brandy Norwood, Lauren London, Brittany Daniel

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    Eddie Griffin, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Michelle Hurd

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    Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis, Heather O'Rourke

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    Seth MacFarlane, Jason Sudeikis, Arianna Huffington

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    Redd Foxx, Sinbad, Pamela Adlon

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    Jaden Smith, LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Duane Martin

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    Raven-Symoné, Nell Carter, Holly Robinson Peete

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    Salma Hayek, Ray J, Sinbad

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    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree

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    Logan Browning, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker

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    Faizon Love, Robert Townsend, Reagan Gomez-Preston

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    Terry Crews, Keesha Sharp, Essence Atkins

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    Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms

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    Smart Guy Li Bingbing

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    Diahann Carroll, Paul Winfield, Fred Williamson

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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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