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. Whether it be comedies or dramas, these shows are often where young Black actors first gain notice and become household names.

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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Power is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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 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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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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) 12 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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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Star is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
sjvalme@gmail.com added 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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Claws is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Robert Clayton Hailes Jr added 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) 15 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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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Haves And The Have Nots is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
LeCitha White added 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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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Marlon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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 Is is listed (or ranked) 20 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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If Loving You Is Wrong is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Rebel is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
Cassandra Dowling added 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 Potomac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
bubbletrouble added 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) 26 on the list The Best Current Black TV Shows
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