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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 Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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 Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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711 188
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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668 208
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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1,032 182
Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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695 196
The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Bernie Mac Show Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

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689 173
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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830 224
Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

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692 171
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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790 184
My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

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581 135
In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
looksharp added In Living Color Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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625 172
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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393 184
What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
What's Happening!! Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill

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420 181
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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486 159
The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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470 151
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais

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456 204
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Boondocks Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

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334 172
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer

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439 129
The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
KailaniGriffin added The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

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510 142
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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273 178
Roc is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Roc Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll

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429 150
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Douglasschip added Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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444 153
The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Steve Harvey Show Steve Harvey^! Cedric the Entertainer^! Merlin Santana

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444 176
Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

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317 142
227 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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282 104
The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
alishajcurtis added 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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331 101
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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407 135
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Moesha Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

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244 83
Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
RogerRamos added Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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398 192
That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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292 101
Smart Kid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
jacobslovie420 added Smart Guy Li Bingbing

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233 160
Benson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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346 146
One on One is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
One on One Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

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226 152
The PJs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The PJs Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Pepe Serna

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272 130
Amen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

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317 177
Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Tyler Perry's House of Payne LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

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273 165
The Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

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211 142
Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White

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236 152
Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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188 130
The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Redd Foxx Show Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon

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230 182
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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205 115
In the House is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
In the House LL Cool J^! Maia Campbell^! Alfonso Ribeiro

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The Sinbad Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Sinbad Show Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis

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Cosby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Cosby Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug

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228 150
Meet the Browns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Meet the Browns Logan Browning, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker

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176 143
Webster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

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197 142
All of Us is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
All of Us Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin

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62 43
Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LanaYoshii added Key & Peele Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest

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167 132
The Parent 'Hood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Parent 'Hood Robert Townsend^! Suzzanne Douglas^! Reagan Gomez-Preston