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The Best 1980s Black TV Shows

Updated July 27, 2021 881 votes 230 voters 31.1k views15 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that center both Black stories and Black characters and aired new episodes between 1980 and 1989.

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.

What are television's best Black '80s shows? Vote up the 1980s shows that center both Black stories and Black characters that were the best of the decade and see where the Black shows of the '80s you loved to watch rank.

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