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The Best 1990s Black TV Shows  

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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.

Which great 90s Black TV series is the best? Vote for your favorites!
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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
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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park
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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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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Def Comedy Jam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry
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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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez, Don Cornelius
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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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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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
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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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn
The Parkers is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from August 30, 1999 to May 10, 2004. A spin-off of UPN's Moesha, The Parkers features the mother-daughter team of Nikki and Kim Parker. The ...more
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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, 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
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Roc is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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The Hughleys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
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
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The Arsenio Hall Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Bill Murray, Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson
The Arsenio Hall Show is an American late-night talk show created and hosted by Arsenio Hall. There are two separate programs that have been titled The Arsenio Hall Show, both airing in ...more
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Oz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more
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Thea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Thea Vidale, Adam Jeffries, Jason Weaver
Thea is an American sitcom that premiered September 3, 1993 on ABC, and last aired on February 14, 1994, for a total of 19 episodes. Starring comedienne Thea Vidale, the series marked the first ...more
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The Oprah Winfrey Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Black TV Shows
Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King
The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to simply as Oprah, is an American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011. Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah ...more