TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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List Criteria: Vote up the most influential TV shows with strong black audiences - all genres and from all time periods

This list contains TV shows black people love, whether the shows are current or from the past or contain an all-African-American or only partly black cast - from any genre. From sitcoms to dramas to reality shows, these are the shows African-Americans love. Vote your favorites up.

 The lack of black television shows of any genre has been consistently noted, but as the 21st century rolls on, the state of African-American television shows signs of improvement. Television has come a long way from The Cosby Show, which is often considered a breakthrough moment in African-American TV. Today, all-black sitcoms, reality shows, and dramas are more readily available, from reruns of classics, including Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to current shows, such as Empire and Basketball Wives.

 Of course, TV shows African-Americans love don’t just include those with all-black casts or those specifically aimed at the demographic. In fact, Nielsen ratings from 2012 show that a few series black people love are also enjoyed by all demographics. Examples include NCIS and 60 Minutes.

 What are your favorite African-American TV shows? Which shows are most loved by black people? Are they classics, such as The Jeffersons or Living Single? Or are they just entertaining TV, including Modern Family or South Park? Whether the shows portray life in the African-American community or provide an engaging viewer experience, these TV shows African-Americans love keep viewers returning to their television sets.
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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    My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

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    A Different World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

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    Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett

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    The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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    Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

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    Good Times is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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    The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

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    Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

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    Gabrielle Union^! Lisa Vidal^! Raven Goodwin

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    Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

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    Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

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    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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    Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

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    Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

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    Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Half & Half Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon

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    Are We There Yet? is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart

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    Tasha Smith^! Michael Jai White^! Crystle Stewart

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

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    Domani Harris, Messiah Harris, Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle

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    That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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    America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer

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    The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Hey Arnold! Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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    Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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    Lincoln Heights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Russell Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard

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    Recess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Recess Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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    Tami Roman^! Evelyn Lozada^! Shaunie O'Neal

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    Law & Order SVU is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Law & Order SVU

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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

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    Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans


    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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