TV The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked  

Originally by
11k votes 779 voters 28k views 94 items Follow Embed

List Rules Can be from a current or old TV show.

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."
list ordered by

1
+ - 280 59
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

The Funniest Jewish TV Characters The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

2
+ - 263 67
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

3
+ - 242 85
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

4
+ - 182 87
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

5
+ - 289 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

6
+ - 198 94
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

7
+ - 254 72
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

8
+ - 226 87
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

9
+ - 138 61
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
+ - 154 36
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

11
+ - 246 93
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

12
+ - 148 77
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

13
+ - 148 105
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

14
+ - 79 25
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

15
+ - 112 53
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

16
+ - 161 68
Chris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

17
+ - 168 76
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

18
+ - 157 70
Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

19
+ - 134 78
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

20
+ - 85 89
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

21
+ - 113 76
Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

22
+ - 113 78
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

23
+ - 53 24
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chef South Park

24
+ - 60 54
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

25
+ - 125 72
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

26
+ - 119 66
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

27
+ - 167 61
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

28
+ - 75 51
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

29
+ - 102 78
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

The Best '90s Sitcoms 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
+ - 42 8
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

31
+ - 83 86
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

32
+ - 53 32
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

33
+ - 104 88
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

34
+ - 36 22
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dre Johnson Black-ish

35
+ - 78 43
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

36
+ - 78 47
Jerome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jerome Martin

37
+ - 31 5
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

38
+ - 29 6
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

39
+ - 105 84
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

40
+ - 77 59
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

41
+ - 59 40
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

42
+ - 24 22
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

43
+ - 123 63
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

The Longest Running US Sitcoms The Best Coconut Oil Brands

44
+ - 22 21
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

45
+ - 117 59
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

46
+ - 107 53
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

47
+ - 26 13
Thelma Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

48
+ - 102 51
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

49
+ - 119 65
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

50
+ - 22 10
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids