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These are the best 1980s Black TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. These shows are from every genre of television in the 80s. Some good 1980s African American TV series were comedies, others were dramas, and some pushed the envelope of genre convention. A few of the top 80s Black TV shows even feature live performance, music, and interviews.

What shows appear on this best 1980s Black TV shows list? From the time it premiered in 1984, The Cosby Show fought racial stereotypes through great writing, laughter and original stories. This great show also inspired another good 80s Black TV series in A Different World. Frank's Place was also a good Black TV show that aired in the 1980s.

A few famous African American talk show hosts launched their shows in the 1980s. The Oprah Winfrey show premiered in 1986 and The Arsenio Hall Show debuted in 1989. Other good shows that appear on this top 1980s Black TV series list include Soul Train and Reading Rainbow.

Which 80s Black TV show do you think is the best? Vote for your favorites!

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Soul Train Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez, Don Cornelius

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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Reading Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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227 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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The Oprah Winfrey Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
The Oprah Winfrey Show Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King

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Amen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
The Arsenio Hall Show Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Black TV Shows
Frank's Place Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid