Comedy The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s  

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Although black sitcoms have been on television since the earliest days of network syndication, the genre really boomed in the 1990s. The '90s showcased some incredibly funny black sitcoms on a variety of networks. This list contains funny '90s black sitcoms, and heartwarming 1990s African American sitcoms that the whole family can enjoy.

What are the best '90s black sitcoms? Of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air made the cut! The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, and starred comedian/rapper Will Smith. It aired on NBC from 1990 – 1996.

Other great '90s black sitcom shows like Living Single and Family Matters also appear on this list.  Sister, Sister was a favorite 1990s black sitcom that aired on ABC from 1994 – 1995, and on the WB from 1995 - 1999. This funny black sitcom starred real-life twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry.

Where do your favorite 1990s funny black sitcoms fall on this list? Be sure to vote them to the top and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Martin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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, ...more
2
694 92
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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 ...more
3
458 76
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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 ...more
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472 83
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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
5
435 89
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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 ...more
6
400 78
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Marques Houston
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 ...more
7
235 29
The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
SamiahDilbert added 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 ...more
8
350 72
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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, ...more
9
365 79
The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon
The Wayans Bros. ist eine US-amerikanische Komödie welche als Fernseh-Serie in den Jahren 1995 bis 1999 ausgestrahlt wurde. In den Hauptrollen, die Brüder Shawn und Marlon Wayans.
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365 80
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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 ...more
11
288 63
The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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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279 84
Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden
Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members and Saturday Night Live alumni Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. ...more
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271 84
Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Tahj Mowry, Essence Atkins, 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 ...more
14
181 35
Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
SamiahDilbert added 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 ...more
15
251 82
Cosby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug
Cosby is an American situation comedy television series broadcast on CBS from September 16, 1996, to April 28, 2000, loosely based on the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave. The program stars ...more
16
221 65
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
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 ...more
17
190 53
In the House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
LL Cool J, Maia Campbell, Alfonso Ribeiro
In the House is an American sitcom that premiered on April 10, 1995 on NBC. The series moved to UPN after its second season, where it remained for an additional three seasons until it was ...more
18
176 60
The Parent 'Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglas, Reagan Gomez-Preston
The Parent 'Hood is an American sitcom that aired on The WB airing from January 18, 1995 to July 25, 1999. The series starred Robert Townsend and Suzzanne Douglas. Originally to have been titled ...more
19
153 71
Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White
Malcolm & Eddie is an American television sitcom that premiered August 26, 1996 on UPN, and ran for four seasons, airing its final episode on May 22, 2000. This series starred Malcolm-Jamal ...more
20
148 75
Roc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll
Roc is an American comedy-drama television series which ran on Fox from August 1991 to May 1994. The series stars Charles S. Dutton as Baltimore garbage collector Roc Emerson and Ella Joyce as ...more
21
132 76
The Hughleys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
D. L. Hughley, Elise Neal, Eric Allan Kramer
The Hughleys is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 22, 1998 to April 28, 2000 and on the UPN network from September 11, 2000 to May 20, 2002. It starred comedian D. L. Hughley ...more
22
61 31
South Central is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
JasmineDior added Jennifer Lopez, Maia Campbell, Larenz Tate
South Central is an American comedy-drama series that aired on the Fox network from April 5, 1994 to June 7, 1994. It was cancelled following its first season, with the airing of only 10
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58 35
My Brother and Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
JasmineDior added Jim Coleman, Karen Fraction, Arthur Reggie III
My Brother and Me is an American sitcom, which ran on Nickelodeon from October 15, 1994 through February 2, 1995. The show centers on the Parkers, a family living in the west side of Charlotte, ...more
24
89 68
The Sinbad Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis
The Sinbad Show is an American sitcom starring comedian Sinbad that premiered on September 16, 1993 on Fox. The show's main plot is about a bachelor taking in two orphaned children. Chuck Brown ...more
25
18 8
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s
Sparks Terrence Howard, Michael Clarke Duncan, Robin Givens
Sparks is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from August 26, 1996 to March 2, 1998. The series stars James Avery, Robin Givens, Terrence Howard, and Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. The ...more