TV The Best Current Black TV Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite black TV shows that are airing right now

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 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 Empire.

Do you have a favorite current black TV show in 2018? Give the best shows a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Power is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
JoJo Brown added Power 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) 2 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Laura Shavers added Atlanta 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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
The Chi 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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Black-ish 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) 5 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Ashley Prince added Queen Sugar 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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Shalisse added Insecure 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Being Mary Jane Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Raven Goodwin Being Mary Jane (BET, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. The life of a young black woman (Gabrielle Union), her work, her family, and the popular talk show ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added Snowfall 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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Star is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
sjvalme@gmail.com added Star Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady Star (Fox, 2016) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. It revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany ...more

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The Quad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Laura Shavers added The Quad Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore The Quad (BET, 2017) is an American television drama, created by Felicia D. Henderson, Charles Holland and Rob Hardy. The series follows ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni ...more

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The Haves And The Have Nots is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Dear White People 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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Claws is listed (or ranked) 18 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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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
MbwanaJordan added She's Gotta Have It 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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
SarahSlayz added Black Lightning 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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If Loving You Is Wrong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added If Loving You Is Wrong 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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Marlon is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Joseline Hernandez, Erica Dixon, Rasheeda Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1, 2012) is a reality television series, and the second installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Featuring appearances from notable figures associated with ...more

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
The Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes, DeShawn Snow, Shereé Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more

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The Mayor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
K.NicoleWilliams added The Mayor Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones The Mayor (ABC, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Jeremy Bronson. Tired of waiting for his big break, aspiring young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) tries to attract attention ...more

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Rebel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
SarahSlayz added Rebel 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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Superior Donuts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Fadumo Ali added Superior Donuts Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner Superior Donuts (CBS, 2017) is a sitcom based on the 2008 play of the same name by Tracy Letts. that revolves around the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur Przbyszewski (Judd ...more

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Ghosted is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
K.NicoleWilliams added Ghosted Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Amber Stevens West Ghosted (Fox, 2017) is an American supernatural sitcom created by Tom Gormican. Cynical skeptic Leroy (Craig Robinson) and genius "true believer" in the paranormal Max (Adam Scott) are ...more

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The Real Housewives of Potomac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
bubbletrouble added The Real Housewives of Potomac Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon The Real Housewives of Potomac (abbreviated RHOP) is an American reality television series that premiered on January 17, 2016, on Bravo. The show was developed as the 8th installment of The Real ...more

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The Wendy Williams Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
The Wendy Williams Show Wendy Williams The Wendy Williams Show is an American syndicated talk show hosted by Wendy Williams. The show is produced by Debmar-Mercury, and airs internationally, and is re-broadcast on BET. It premiered ...more