Sitcoms The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time  

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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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2,073 467
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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1,878 338
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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1,435 483
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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1,167 345
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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1,164 325
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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1,029 320
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,375 379
Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 7 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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1,098 276
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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933 220
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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1,088 279
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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1,090 237
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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1,279 289
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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939 213
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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834 232
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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590 278
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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828 289
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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802 216
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 17 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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627 261
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 18 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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869 245
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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814 180
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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733 234
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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847 198
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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502 238
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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680 211
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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523 170
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