TV programs TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans  

Originally by
39k votes 5.1k voters 439k views 95 items Follow Embed

List Rules 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.

1
+ - 1,591 241
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

British Reality TV Shows That Far Outshine American Shows The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

2
+ - 1,342 213
Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

3
+ - 917 176
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

4
+ - 914 188
The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Bernie Mac Show Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

5
+ - 1,182 251
My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

6
+ - 1,144 241
Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

7
+ - 1,032 229
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

8
+ - 826 202
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Boondocks Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

9
+ - 759 161
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

10
+ - 792 141
Power is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Power Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

11
+ - 628 106
The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

12
+ - 775 176
Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

13
+ - 555 98
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

14
+ - 1,018 289
Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett

15
+ - 676 143
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

16
+ - 423 60
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

17
+ - 604 141
In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
In Living Color Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

18
+ - 533 157
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

19
+ - 459 101
One on One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
One on One Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

20
+ - 552 129
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

21
+ - 607 171
Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union^! Lisa Vidal^! Raven Goodwin

22
+ - 387 87
How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

23
+ - 611 177
The Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

24
+ - 656 208
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

25
+ - 567 134
The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Steve Harvey Show Steve Harvey^! Cedric the Entertainer^! Merlin Santana

26
+ - 283 56
Insecure is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Insecure Jay Ellis

27
+ - 466 115
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

28
+ - 127 13
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

29
+ - 211 53
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Atlanta Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz

19 Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis Words That Definitely Should Be Real... But Aren't

30
+ - 201 57
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Luke Cage Mahershala Ali, Mike Colter, Frankie Faison

31
+ - 161 33
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Moesha Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

32
+ - 166 46
Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Queen Sugar Oprah Winfrey

33
+ - 263 102
Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Half & Half Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon

34
+ - 442 189
Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Tyler Perry's House of Payne LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

35
+ - 173 57
Ranker Video v
The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith

36
+ - 143 31
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais

37
+ - 294 137
That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

38
+ - 154 50
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer

39
+ - 121 35
Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Soul Food Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams

40
+ - 124 32
Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Smart Guy Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver

41
+ - 291 177
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

42
+ - 111 46
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

43
+ - 101 30
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

44
+ - 127 65
Lincoln Heights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Lincoln Heights Russell Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard

45
+ - 279 189
Are We There Yet? is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Are We There Yet? Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart

46
+ - 101 43
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

47
+ - 121 64
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Law & Order SVU Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

48
+ - 129 75
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Hey Arnold! Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta

49
+ - 251 189
Tyler Perry's For Better or Wo... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse Tasha Smith^! Michael Jai White^! Crystle Stewart

50
+ - 79 34
Survivor's Remorse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Survivor's Remorse Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, RonReaco Lee