80s The Best '80s Black Sitcoms  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite African American comedy shows that aired in the 1980s

Although the black sitcom boom happened in the '90s, the 1980s had a ton of hilarious African American comedy shows as well. Black sitcoms have been around since the early days of network television, but shows like The Cosby Show and Diff'rent Strokes are arguably more famous than any other black sitcoms throughout TV history.  

Which shows appear on this list of the top '80s black sitcoms? A Different World and What's Happening Now!! top our list. Other shows include Benson, Amen, and The New Odd Couple. 

Where do your favorite 1980s funny black sitcoms fall on this list? Be sure to vote up the best ones, and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
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, ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
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 ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
1491971760840 added 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. ...more

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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Sanford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Sanford Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, LaWanda Page Sanford is an American situation comedy, which was the revival of the 1972–1977 sitcom Sanford and Son.

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227 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams 227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and ...more

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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981 until May 12, 1987. The series stars Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and ...more

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What's Happening Now!! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
What's Happening Now!! Martin Lawrence, Fred Berry, Anne-Marie Johnson What's Happening Now!! is an American television situation comedy that serves as a sequel series to the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!, focusing on its main characters as adults. The show ran ...more

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Amen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford Amen is an American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions that ran from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991 on NBC. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen ...more

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Webster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8, 1987, and in first-run syndication from September 21, 1987 until March 10, 1989. The series was ...more

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more

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The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The Redd Foxx Show Redd Foxx^! Rosanna DeSoto^! Pamela Adlon The Redd Foxx Show was a short-lived sitcom that premiered January 18, 1986 on ABC. The show was cancelled after 3 months, partly due to low ratings in its Saturday-night timeslot. Although the ...more

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Bustin' Loose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Bustin' Loose Jimmie Walker, Vonetta McGee, Clive Revill Bustin' Loose is an American situation comedy that was loosely based on the 1981 film of the same name starring Richard Pryor. The series premiered in first-run syndication in 1987 and lasted ...more

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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Frank's Place Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid Frank's Place is an American comedy-drama series which aired on CBS for 22 episodes during the 1987-1988 television season. The series was created by Hugh Wilson and executive produced by Wilson ...more

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The Littles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
julillix added The Littles Jimmy Keegan, Bettina Bush, Alvy Moore The Littles is an animated television series, originally produced between 1983 and 1985. It is based on the characters from The Littles, a series of children's novels by American author John ...more

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Charlie & Co. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Charlie & Co. Gladys Knight, Jaleel White, Della Reese Charlie & Co. is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1985 to May 16, 1986. Created by Allan Katz, the series stars Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight. Charlie & ...more

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Checking In is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Checking In Ruth Brown, Marla Gibbs, Robert Costanzo Checking In is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in April 1981. The series is a spin-off of The Jeffersons, which itself had spun off from All in the Family.

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Melba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
Melba Melba Moore, Lou Jacobi, Gracie Harrison Melba is an American television sitcom which aired on CBS from January 28, 1986 until September 13, 1986. The series was a vehicle for singer/actress Melba Moore.

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The New Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The New Odd Couple Ron Glass, John Schuck, Liz Torres The New Odd Couple is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1983, and was an updated version of the 1970s television series The Odd Couple. The New Odd Couple was the second attempt ...more

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He's the Mayor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
He's the Mayor Pat Corley, Kevin Hooks, David Graf He's the Mayor is an American television sitcom that first aired on ABC on January 10, 1986 on Friday Night at 9:30pm. It starred Kevin Hooks as a 25-year-old man who is elected mayor of his

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The Robert Guillaume Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Black Sitcoms
The Robert Guillaume Show Robert Guillaume, Wendy Phillips The Robert Guillaume Show is a short-lived sitcom vehicle for Robert Guillaume, the former star of the ABC hit series Benson and of the popular Soap. It aired during mid-1989 on the ABC ...more