TV The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked  

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List of the funniest black TV characters. The most hilarious African-American television characters are ranked here in order of LOL-ability and sheer greatness. We're all familiar with the "token black guy" trope, so it's even more important to note the times that Hollywood gave blacks a chance to shine in their roles. Because when Hollywood did so, the result was unforgettable characters.

Look no further than every member of the Cosby "family" -- but if you do look further, look at every member of "The Proud Family" as well. That's right; we don't discriminate animated characters either, as Cleveland from "Family Guy" and Fat Albert Jackson will find themselves on this master list as well. A few sitcoms were even so golden and rich with great characters that they needed more than one representative in our rankings. Examples of this are both Steve Urkel and Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" fame as well as Carlton Banks and Will Smith for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
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Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fred G. Sanford Sanford & Son

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George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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+ - 246 86
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough The Bernie Mac Show

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James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

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Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

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+ - 231 88
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Geoffrey Butler The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
James Evans, Sr. Good Times

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Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

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Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

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Chris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

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Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

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Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

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Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

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Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

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Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Rick James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

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Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chef South Park

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Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

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Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

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Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

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Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

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Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Rerun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

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Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dre Johnson Black-ish

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Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

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Jerome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jerome Martin

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Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

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Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

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+ - 79 60
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

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+ - 124 64
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

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Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

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Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

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Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

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+ - 60 46
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Roscoe Martin

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+ - 104 53
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

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Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show