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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
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 Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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 Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his ...more

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
looksharp added 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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television, it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, ...more

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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 Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more

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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams 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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Douglasschip added Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi 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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The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
KailaniGriffin added Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton The Proud Family is an American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the ...more

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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White Girlfriends is an American situation comedy that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being abruptly cancelled in 2008. The final episode ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. ...more

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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
alishajcurtis added Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn Mo'Nique,  Countess Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Yvette Wilson, Jenna von Oy, Ken Lawson
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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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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Roc is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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227 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams 227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and ...more

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
RogerRamos added 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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Smart Kid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
jacobslovie420 added Li Bingbing Smart Kid is a 2001 tv series.

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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney ...more

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The PJs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Pepe Serna The PJs is an American stop-motion animated television series, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the ...more

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One on One is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander One on One is an American sitcom that aired on the now-defunct UPN from September 3, 2001 to May 15, 2006. The series stars Flex Alexander as a single sportscaster, who becomes a full-time dad ...more

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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis 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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Amen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford Amen is an American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions that ran from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991 on NBC. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime ...more

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more

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Malcolm & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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 Carmichael Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
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In the House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LL Cool J, Maia Campbell, Alfonso Ribeiro In the House is an American sitcom that premiered on April 10, 1995 on NBC. The series moved to UPN after its second season, where it remained for an additional three seasons until it was ...more

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The Redd Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon The Redd Foxx Show was a short-lived sitcom that premiered January 18, 1986 on ABC. The show was cancelled after 3 months, partly due to low ratings in its Saturday-night timeslot. Although the ...more

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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981 until May 12, 1987. The series stars Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and ...more

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Cosby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug Cosby is an American situation comedy television series broadcast on CBS from September 16, 1996, to April 28, 2000, loosely based on the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave. The program stars ...more

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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson 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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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
LanaYoshii added Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ron Artest 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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Eve is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
afrokez added Sofía Vergara, Ali Landry, Eve Eve is an American sitcom starring Eve, Jason Winston George, Ali Landry, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Brian Hooks, and Sean Maguire. It aired on the UPN network from September 15, 2003 to May 11, ...more

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All of Us is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin All of Us is an American sitcom that premiered on the now-defunct UPN network in the United States on September 16, 2003, where it aired for its first three seasons. On October 1, 2006, the show ...more

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The Sinbad Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis The Sinbad Show is an American sitcom starring comedian Sinbad that premiered on September 16, 1993 on Fox. The show's main plot is about a bachelor taking in two orphaned children. Chuck Brown ...more

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Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time
afrokez added Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon Half & Half is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from September 23, 2002, to May 15, 2006. The show focuses on the lives of two paternal half-sisters in their twenties who were estranged ...more