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The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked 

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Updated November 19, 2019 744 votes 150 voters 3.5k views 47 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite black TV series that aired on TV in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s Black TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good 2010s African American TV series that are half hour comedies (Atlanta), to others that are heart pounding dramas (Empire), this list has something for everybody. A few of the top 2010s Black TV shows even feature live performance, music, and interviews.

What shows appear on this best 2010s Black TV shows list? In the 2010s, Comedy Central added several TV shows starring hilarious people with diverse ethnic backgrounds like Key & Peele, and Why? With Hannibal Buress. Black-ish is another great Black TV series that aired in the 2010s. Meanwhile, since Black-ish debuted in 2014, it's spawned a diverse empire of TV, including Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.

The 2010s also welcomed more good Black TV shows for kids including A.N.T. Farm and Are We There Yet? Other good shows that appear on this top 2010s Black TV shows list include Scandal, and Empire 

Which 2010s Black TV series is your favorite? Give the best shows a thumbs up.

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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: Adult Swim

The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 132

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: Comedy Central

Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists mainly of several ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Network: FX

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

Premiered: 2015

Network: FOX

Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

Premiered: 2012

Network: ABC

Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Tyler Perry's House of P... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 254

Network: TBS, American Broadcasting Company

Tyler Perry's House of Payne is an American sitcom television series created and produced by playwright, director, and producer Tyler Perry. The show revolved around a multi-generational family ...more

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Network: Insecure

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

Network: Showtime

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more
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Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Greenleaf Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross

Premiered: 2016

Network: OWN

Greenleaf (OWN, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Craig Wright. The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Power is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci
Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Being Mary Jane (BET, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. The life of a young black woman (Gabrielle Union), her work, her family, and the popular talk show ...more

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Treme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: HBO

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Treme is an American television drama series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer that aired on HBO. The series premiered on April 11, 2010, and concluded on December 29, 2013, comprising ...more

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: The CW

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

Network: Freeform

Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more
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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, and Mike Henry for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centers ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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The Carmichael Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier

Premiered: 2015

The Carmichael Show is an American sitcom television series created by Nicholas Stoller, Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, and Willie Hunter. The Carmichael Show follows a fictional version of ...more
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more

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Are We There Yet? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Terry Crews, Essence Atkins, Coy Stewart

Premiered: 2010

Are We There Yet? is an American television sitcom, which premiered on TBS on June 2, 2010.
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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Network: Netflix

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more

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Mixed-ish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Premiered: 2019

Network: ABC

Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji, and a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun-off ...more
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A.N.T. Farm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
China Anne McClain, Sierra McCormick, Jake Short

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 41

Network: Disney Channel

A.N.T. Farm is an American teen sitcom which originally aired on Disney Channel from May 6, 2011 to March 21, 2014. It first aired on May 6, 2011, as a special one-episode preview and continued ...more
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Black TV Series of the 2010s, Ranked
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 76

Network: Audience Network, NBC

Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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