TV TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans  

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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.
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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
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia ...more

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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 Martin is an American sitcom that aired for five seasons on the Fox network, from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, Martin was one of the network's highest-rated shows ...more

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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 A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
_1443550058584 added Power Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci Power is an upcoming drama television series on Starz. It is expected to air in 2014.

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The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton The Proud Family is an American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the channel Centric. ...more

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander Living Single is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on the FOX network from August 29, 1993, to January 1, 1998. The show centered on the lives of six friends who share personal and professional experiences while living ...more

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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Bernie Mac Show Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his sister's three kids: Jordan, Vanessa, and Bryana. ...more

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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 The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, the series premiered on November 6, 2005. The show ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
maxerix added Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner Black-ish is an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, that debuted on ABC during the 2014–15 television season. The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family. The series premiered ...more

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from 1978 to 1983. Rock grew up with a boy named Kenny ...more

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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television, it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, and centers on the character of Michael Kyle, a ...more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family ...more

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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White Girlfriends is an American situation comedy that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being abruptly cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on February 11, 2008. When Girlfriends ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sirdouglas-dismuke-jr added Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett Empire is an American musical drama television series which debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
adoremeh added Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted at birth. One was adopted by a single mother while ...more

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' primary executive producer. Good Times is a ...more

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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 In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the program. The show was produced by Ivory Way ...more

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One on One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added One on One Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander One on One is an American sitcom that aired on the now-defunct UPN from September 3, 2001 to May 15, 2006. The series stars Flex Alexander as a single sportscaster, who becomes a full-time dad when his ex-wife decides to accept a job out of the ...more

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Chappelle's Show Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in the majority of its sketches. Chappelle, Brennan and Michele Armour ...more

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Insecure Jay Ellis

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Etisol Domoa added How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios. Viola Davis stars as a law professor at ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. Communications Company from 1975 to 1982 and by ...more

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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union^! Lisa Vidal^! Raven Goodwin Being Mary Jane is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and starring Gabrielle Union, that debuted January 7, 2014, on BET. The 90 minute pilot for the series aired on July 2, 2013. The pilot episode received positive ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime schedule. Along with Runaway, it was one of only ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush ...more

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Michael Noble added Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers, the series revolves around the ...more

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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
The Steve Harvey Show Steve Harvey^! Cedric the Entertainer^! Merlin Santana The Steve Harvey Show, was a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was created by Winifred Hervey and directed by Stan Lathan.

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, running gags and catch phrases, the series was adapted ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Atlanta Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz The series follows Earn (Donald Glover) during his daily life in Atlanta, Georgia, as he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his girlfriend (the mother of his daughter), his parents, and his cousin, who raps under the stage name "Paper ...more

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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Moesha Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to May 14, 2001. The series stars R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school student living with her family in the Leimert Park ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
lilolelori added Luke Cage Mahershala Ali, Mike Colter, Frankie Faison

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carlybobarly added The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated using multiple turntables and were enjoyed most by ...more

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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais The Jamie Foxx Show is an American television sitcom that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. The series stars Jamie Foxx, Garcelle Beauvais, Christopher B. Duncan, Ellia English, and Garrett Morris. ...more

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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
adoremeh added That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney Channel's first spin-off series, Cory in the House. ...more

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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Smart Guy Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver Smart Guy is an American sitcom centering on the exploits of child genius T.J. Henderson, who moves from being an elementary school student in the fourth grade to a high school student in the tenth grade, attending the same school as his two ...more

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Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Half & Half Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon Half & Half is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from September 23, 2002, to May 15, 2006. The show focuses on the lives of two paternal half-sisters in their twenties who were estranged throughout their childhood, and are finally ...more

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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Tyler Perry's House of Payne LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis Tyler Perry's House of Payne is an American sitcom television series created and produced by playwright, director, and producer Tyler Perry. The show revolved around a multi-generational family living under one roof in Atlanta led by patriarch ...more

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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Soul Food Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by Felicia D. Henderson, Soul Food is based upon ...more

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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dynasti Noble added Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The ...more

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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. The show took place in Curry's hometown of Oakland, California. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper was ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The show differs from many ...more

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Lincoln Heights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Charles Houston added Lincoln Heights Russell Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard Lincoln Heights is an American family drama television series about Eddie Sutton, a Mission Vista police officer who moves his family back to his old neighborhood, Lincoln Heights, to start a new life and to help out his old neighborhood. It is ...more

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Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dynasti Noble added Hey Arnold! Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta Hey Arnold is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in a boarding house. Episodes center on his experiences navigating ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Zaariah Broughton added Law & Order SVU Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often ...more

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Are We There Yet? is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Are We There Yet? Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart Are We There Yet? is an American television sitcom, which premiered on TBS on June 2, 2010.

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
lilolelori added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman's ...more

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Survivor's Remorse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Survivor's Remorse Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, RonReaco Lee Survivor's Remorse is a half-hour format comedy television series.

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Recess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dynasti Noble added Recess Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates and teachers. The title refers to the period of time ...more