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The Best 1990s Black TV Shows 

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Updated May 25, 2020 2.2k votes 344 voters 13k views 37 items

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In the mood to catch up some great shows? These are the best 1990s Black TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good 1990s African American TV series were now legendary comedies, to others that were groundbreaking dramas. A few of the top 90s Black TV shows even featured live performance, music, and interviews.

What shows appear on this best 1990s Black TV shows list? Of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is featured here. This great 90s African American sitcom propelled its lead actor, Will Smith, into superstardom. The Chris Rock Show was another popular Black TV series that aired in the 1990s.

From 1990-1994, In Living Color had viewers laughing with a new take on sketch comedy thanks in part to the hilarious humor of The Wayans brothers. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s Black TV show list include Moesha, Martin and Living Single.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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

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Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

Premiered: 1992

Martin (Fox, 1992) is an American sitcom created by John Bowman, Martin Lawrence, and Topper Carew. A radio and television personality (Martin Lawrence) living with his girlfriend Gina (Tisha ...more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

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

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

A Different World (NBC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby, and a spin-off of The Cosby Show. A group of students struggles to make it through college as they attend a renowned ...more

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

Premiered: 1993

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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

Premiered: 1990

In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the ...more

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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais

Premiered: 1996

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

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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

Premiered: 1995

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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

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

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Def Comedy Jam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Kid Capri, D.L. Hughley, Adele Givens

Premiered: 1992

Def Comedy Jam is a HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons. The series had its original run from July 1, 1992 to January 1, 1997. The show returned on HBO's fall lineup in 2006. Def ...more

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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

Premiered: 1996

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

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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez, Don Cornelius

Premiered: 1971

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, ...more

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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana

Premiered: 1996

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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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

Premiered: 1996

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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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

Premiered: 1992

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (ABC, 1992) is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin. After a former NBA star (Mark Curry) tries his hand at teaching, he finds it difficult to balance his new ...more

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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn

Premiered: 1999

The Parkers (UPN, 1999) is an American sitcom created by Ralph Farquhar, Sara V. Finney, and Vida Spears. Young and peppy Kim (Countess Vaughn) is traumatized after her mother (Mo'Nique) decides ...more
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New Attitude is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
aja-craig added New Attitude (1990 TV Sitcom) Albert Alarr

Premiered: August 8, 1990

New Attitude is an American sitcom that aired on ABC in from August to September 1990. Based on the play Beauty Shop by Shelly Garrett, the series aired for six episodes during ABC's TGIF lineup ...more
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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver

Premiered: 1997

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

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C Bear and Jamal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
aja-craig added Margaret Cho, Debbie Allen, Tone-Lōc

Premiered: 1996

C Bear and Jamal is an animated children's television show that premiered on the Fox Kids Fprogramming block in 1996. It features an elementary-aged school kid named Jamal, whose constant ...more

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Waynehead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
aja-craig added Gary Coleman, Marlon Wayans, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1996

Waynehead is a Saturday morning animated series created by American actor Damon Wayans. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Nelvana. It ran on Kids' WB from 1996-1997. It is about a ...more
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Roc is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll

Premiered: 1991

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

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The Hughleys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
D. L. Hughley, Elise Neal, Eric Allan Kramer

Premiered: 1998

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

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Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White

Premiered: 1996

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

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Station Zero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
aja-craig added Carlito Rodriguez

Premiered: 1999

Station Zero (MTV, 1999) is an American animated musical comedy television series. The daily episodes follow a group of kids who ran a fictional public-access TV show called Live From The Bronx, ...more

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