2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year for TV, with some of the best shows sporting more diverse cast members than ever before. That's why we thought now would be a good time to rank the best current black characters. From the sheer strength and measure of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis from How to Get Away with Murder) to the outrageous wit of Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the best black TV characters command the stage and keep us coming back for more.
The best current shows with black characters include dramas like Empire and hilarious satires like Atlanta. Both of these award-winning shows have produced a handful of memorable characters, including local rapper Paper Boi and queen bee Cookie Lyon. Seriously, is anyone on TV as ruthless as Cookie? Who do you think are the best African-American TV characters in 2019?
Let us know by voting up all the best characters. Don’t see one of your favorites? Go ahead and add them to the list.
Taraji P. Henson
Sterling K. Brown
Susan Kelechi Watson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Brian Tyree Henry