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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 Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Bernie Mac Show Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

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Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

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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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
In Living Color Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Living Single 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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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Boondocks Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

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The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

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Roc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Roc Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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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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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Steve Harvey Show Steve Harvey^! Cedric the Entertainer^! Merlin Santana

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

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227 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Parkers Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn - Mo'Nique,  Countess Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Yvette Wilson, Jenna von Oy, Ken Lawson

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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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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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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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Benson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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Smart Kid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Smart Guy Li Bingbing

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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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Amen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Tyler Perry's House of Payne LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Redd Foxx Show Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon

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Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White

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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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In the House is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
In the House LL Cool J^! Maia Campbell^! Alfonso Ribeiro

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Cosby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Cosby Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug

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Meet the Browns is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Meet the Browns Logan Browning, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker

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Webster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

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All of Us is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
All of Us Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin

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The Sinbad Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
The Sinbad Show Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Eve Sofía Vergara, Ali Landry, Eve

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Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Sitcoms
Half & Half Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon