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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267 70
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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249 87
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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185 91
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

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302 82
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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203 96
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

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261 73
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

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233 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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142 64
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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159 37
Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Lars-HåkanPersson added Geoffrey Butler The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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251 95
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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151 79
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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152 106
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

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82 27
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

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167 69
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
looksharp added Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

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174 77
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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163 71
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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137 81
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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87 93
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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116 80
Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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115 81
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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56 27
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

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63 57
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

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122 67
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 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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172 63
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

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127 74
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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105 79
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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45 9
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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78 53
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

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55 34
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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83 90
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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109 91
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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81 44
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

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39 24
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Dre Johnson Black-ish

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81 48
Jerome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Jerome Martin

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34 7
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

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32 8
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Grady Wilson

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107 86
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

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63 42
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

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79 62
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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26 26
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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124 66
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

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109 55
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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24 25
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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25 11
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

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118 62
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

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121 67
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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110 59
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

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105 54
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World