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The Best Current Black TV Shows  

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These are the best current black TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of these good current African American TV series are comedies, and others, quite obviously, are dramas. A few of the top current black TV shows even feature live performance, music, and interviews.

What shows appear on this best current black TV shows list? With an all-star cast including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish is one of the best ABC comedies currently on television. Other hilarious and popular shows featuring great African American actors include Real Husbands of Hollywood, Atlanta, and Insecure.

There are also several great current black dramas including Scandal and The Chi. Whether it be comedies or dramas, these shows are often where young Black actors first gain notice and become household names.

Give the best shows a thumbs up and vote others down accordingly. Do you have a favorite current Black TV show in 2019? See what television shows with mostly Black casts have new episodes in 2019.

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Shalisse added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
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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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios
Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack ...more
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Power is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
JoJo Brown added Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton
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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Laura Shavers added Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Ashley Prince added Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe
Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings move to Louisiana to inherit an 800 acre sugarcane farm left by their recently departed
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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Grown-ish Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell
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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Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Ashley Prince added Greenleaf Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross
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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
SarahSlayz added Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams
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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Claws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes
Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of ...more
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
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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The Haves And The Have Nots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
LeCitha White added The Haves And The Have Nots Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox, Renee Lawless
Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots" is a drama series following the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of Hanna, ...more
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Love Is is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Michele Weaver, Will Catlett, Wendy Davis
Love Is (OWN, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. In 2027, a black power couple tell the story of their rise to fame in Hollywood starting in ...more
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Marlon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Marlon Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor
Marlon (NBC, 2017) is an American comedy television series created by Christopher Moynihan and Marlon Wayans. Despite their inability to coexist, divorced couple Marlon Wayne (Marlon Wayans) and ...more
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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
MbwanaJordan added DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Cleo Anthony
She's Gotta Have It (Netflix, 2017) is a comedy-drama series created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film of the same name. Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) juggles three suitors: polite Jamie ...more
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If Loving You Is Wrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added Amanda Clayton, Edwina Findley, Heather Hemmens
If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN, 2014) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Tyler Perry. The series focuses on the lives and relationships of a group of five husbands and wives ...more
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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin
Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same name written by Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. The story revolves around a successful ...more
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Rebel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
SarahSlayz added Danielle Moné Truitt, Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson
Rebel (BET, 2017) is an American police drama television series created by Amani Walker. After her brother is killed by police, Oakland police officer Rebecca "Rebel" Knight (Danielle ...more
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera
Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney
Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young ...more
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American Soul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
American Soul Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden , Iantha Richardson
American Soul (BET, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jonathan Prince. The series tells the story of Don Cornelius (Sinqua Walls) and the creation of his legendary music ...more
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David Makes Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre
David Makes Man (OWN, 2019) is an American coming-of-age drama television series. The show follows a 14 year old genius named David (Akili McDowell) from the projects who is haunted by the death ...more
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Tales is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Boris Kodjoe, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks
Tales (BET, 2017) is an American drama anthology television series created by Irv Gotti. Each episode tells a new "tale" inspired by past and current hip-hop songs weaved into visually ...more