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List of the best black sitcoms, past and current. Viewers love these top African-American comedy series for many reasons. They often portray life in the black community and the inner-workings of an African American family. Often they have interesting or eccentric characters and they’re just downright funny. Although there have been good black sitcoms and not-so-good black sitcoms, these are some of the best African-American comedy shows you can watch, old or new.

The best black sitcoms on TV today are descended from an interesting heritage. The first black sitcom-type program, Amos ‘n’ Andy, began its run in 1950, but it inspired controversy -- protests against it claimed that it portrayed blacks in an unfavorable, lower-class light. Black sitcoms began to come into their own with Sanford and Son, which many critics believe readied the general public to receive The Cosby Show in the 80s. A far cry from Amos ‘n’ Andy, The Cosby Show featured black characters who were educated and intelligent, earning it a spot as one of the best African-American comedy shows.

Of course, some of the best black sitcoms have faded in popularity with age. Remember 90s black sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Although the Fresh Prince no longer holds a prime time spot, Will Smith is still one of the funniest black characters (and actors) of all time. Other unforgettable African-American characters that earn their shows a place on this list include Martin Payne (Martin) played by comedian Martin Lawrence, Weezie (The Jeffersons), and Arnold Jackson (Diff’rent Strokes).

With many black sitcoms to choose from today, viewers shouldn’t be at a loss for great African-American comedy shows. Black sitcoms may have changed over the years, but the best black comedy shows will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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1,074 187
Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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732 194
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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898 310
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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715 201
The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Bernie Mac Show Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

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851 234
Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Everybody Hates Chris Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

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681 219
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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703 181
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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712 177
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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599 138
In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
looksharp added In Living Color Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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806 190
My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
My Wife and Kids Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

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641 176
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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399 190
What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
What's Happening!! Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill

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543 155
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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431 186
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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507 163
The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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449 153
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Douglasschip added Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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483 155
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx^! Garrett Morris^! Garcelle Beauvais

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470 210
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Boondocks Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

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349 179
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer

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457 133
The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
KailaniGriffin added The Proud Family Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton

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520 147
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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276 185
Roc is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Roc Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll

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452 157
The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Steve Harvey Show Steve Harvey^! Cedric the Entertainer^! Merlin Santana

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454 178
Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Girlfriends Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

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325 144
227 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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250 88
Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
RogerRamos added Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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289 107
The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
alishajcurtis added The Parkers Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn - Mo'Nique,  Countess Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Yvette Wilson, Jenna von Oy, Ken Lawson

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337 105
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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415 139
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Moesha Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

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409 199
That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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303 106
Smart Kid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
jacobslovie420 added Smart Guy Li Bingbing

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238 165
Benson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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321 182
Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Tyler Perry's House of Payne LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis

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350 150
One on One is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
One on One Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

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231 155
The PJs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The PJs Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Pepe Serna

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277 132
Amen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Amen Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

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279 167
The Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell

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238 155
Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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213 146
Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Malcolm & Eddie Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White

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193 134
The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Redd Foxx Show Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon

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236 185
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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209 119
In the House is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
In the House LL Cool J, Maia Campbell, Alfonso Ribeiro

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173 142
The Sinbad Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
The Sinbad Show Sinbad^! T.K. Carter^! Erin Davis

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Cosby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Cosby Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug

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83 46
The Carmichael Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LanaYoshii added The Carmichael Show Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier

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231 155
Meet the Browns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Meet the Browns Logan Browning, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker

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181 145
Webster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

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199 147
All of Us is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
All of Us Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin

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71 46
Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LanaYoshii added Key & Peele Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest