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The Best 1970s Black Sitcoms

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These are the best 1970s Black sitcoms, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some good 70s African American comedy shows really stand the test of time and others, though great, sadly faded with the end of the decade. Which of these top 1970s Black sitcoms is your favorite? Vote them up now!

What shows appear on this best 1970s Black sitcoms list? Of course, The Jeffersons appears near the top of this collection of great 70s Black sitcoms. Fun Fact: This good Black comedy show is actually a spin-off of the classic comedy, All in the Family. What's Happening!! is another one of the best Black sitcoms that aired in the 70s.

Sanford and Son, starring the stand-up comedian Redd Foxx, may have premiered in 1972, but it remains one of the best Black comedy shows of all time. Other good shows that appear on this top 1970s Black sitcoms list include Good Times and Benson.

Do you have a favorite African American comedy show from the 70s? Give the best shows a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
  • 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 spin-off of Maude, which is itself a spin-off of All in the Family.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker
    • Premiered: 1974
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  • Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Black Sitcoms
    Photo: Sanford and Son / NBC
    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 by Norman Lear and considered NBC's answer to CBS's All in the Family. Sanford and Son has been hailed as the precursor to many other African American sitcoms. It was a ratings hit throughout its six-season run. While the role of Fred G. Sanford was known for his bigotry and cantankerousness, the role of Lamont Sanford was that of a conscientious peacemaker. At times, both characters would involve themselves in schemes. Other colorful/unconventional... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
    • Premiered: 1972
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  • The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Black Sitcoms
    Photo: The Jeffersons / CBS
    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 Embassy Television from 1982 to 1985. The Jeffersons is one of the longest-running sitcoms in the history of American television. The show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, an affluent African-American couple living in New York City. The show was launched as the second spin-off of All in the Family, on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
    • Premiered: 1975
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  • What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the failure of several other shows on the network, What's Happening!! returned in November 1976 as a weekly series. It remained a regular show until 1979; ratings were modest. What's Happening!! was loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High, also written by Eric Monte. From 1985-88, a sequel series called What's Happening Now!! aired in first-run syndication, with several actors reprising their roles.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill, Haywood Nelson, Mabel King
    • Premiered: 1976
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