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. Then, check out our list of '80s black TV shows.
Black family moves into an apartment building on Manhattan's East Side.
- Premiered: January 18, 1975
Student life at Hillman College.
- Premiered: September 24, 1987
Two brothers from Harlem are adopted by wealthy Philip Drummond.
- Premiered: November 3, 1978
An obstetrician and a lawyer raise a family in Brooklyn.
- Premiered: September 20, 1984
A man runs a junk yard with his two partners.
- Premiered: March 15, 1980
Family life in a black neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
- Premiered: September 14, 1985
A lawyer is also the deacon of the First Community Church of Philadelphia.
- Premiered: September 27, 1986
In a Californian suburb, Nell Harper steps in as a mother-figure for a police chief's family.
- Premiered: October 29, 1981
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 in ...more
- Premiered: 1985
The misadventures of a middle-class black family in suburban Chicago.
- Premiered: September 22, 1989
A butler deals with life at the governor's mansion.
- Premiered: September 13, 1979
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 created ...more
- Premiered: 1983
The adventures of an eccentric New York City coffee shop and newsstand proprietor.
- Premiered: January 18, 1986
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 for a ...more
- Premiered: 1987
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 and ...more
- Premiered: September 14, 1987
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.
- Premiered: 1981
Newly divorced Melba Patterson works as the Deputy Director of the Manhattan Visitor's Center.
- Premiered: January 28, 1986
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 & Co. is ...more
- Premiered: 1985
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
- Premiered: September 10, 1983
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 hometown.
- Premiered: 1986
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 television ...more
- Premiered: 1989
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 to ...more
- Premiered: October 29, 1982