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The Best Current Black TV Shows

Updated May 14, 2021 20.4k votes 9.3k voters 560.9k views64 items

List RulesVote up your favorite medical series that are currently airing new episodes.

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 this year? See what television shows with mostly Black casts have new episodes in 2021.

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    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    PremieredJuly 5, 2017

    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 epidemic...  more

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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji

    PremieredOctober 9, 2016

    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 Orji)...  more

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    The Chi

    Ntare Mwine, Jacob Latimore

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2018

    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

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

    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 rapper...  more

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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2014

    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 white,...  more

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    Queen Sugar

    Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner

    Premiered2016

    Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings - an activist (Rutina Wesley), a sports manager (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), and a single father (Kofi...  more
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    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole

    PremieredJanuary 3, 2018

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begin her...  more

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    Power Book II: Ghost

    Michael Rainey, Shane Johnson

    PremieredSeptember 6, 2020

    Power Book II: Ghost (Starz, 2020) is an American crime drama television series and spin-off of Power created by Courtney A. Kemp. The series follows Tariq as he navigates his new life, in which his...  more

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    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2019

    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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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    PremieredJanuary 16, 2018

    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

    Niecy Nash, Jenn Lyon

    PremieredMay 25, 2017

    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

    Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell

    PremieredApril 28, 2017

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a...  more
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    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma

    PremieredFebruary 11, 2020

    For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he...  more

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    The Haves And The Have Nots

    Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox

    PremieredMay 28, 2013

    The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, 2013) is an American drama series created by Tyler Perry. Centers on the rich Cryer and Harrington families (the haves) and the poor Young family (the have nots)...  more

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    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    PremieredOctober 4, 2019

    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 son's...  more

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    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan

    PremieredJuly 12, 2020

    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall and is an adaptation of Hall's play, Pussy Valley. The series follows the lives of strip club dancers working down in...  more

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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance

    PremieredAugust 16, 2020

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt Ruff. Set in 1950s Jim Crow America, Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee...  more

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    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon

    PremieredAugust 4, 2010

    Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single?...  more

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    David Makes Man

    Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas

    PremieredAugust 14, 2019

    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 of...  more
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    All Rise

    Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2019

    All Rise (CBS, 2019) is an American drama television series. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to...  more

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    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2019

    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street stockbroker (Andrew Rannell) starts working for an eccentric veteran (Don Cheadle) who has secrets of...  more

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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    NeNe Leakes, DeShawn Snow

    PremieredOctober 7, 2008

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of...  more

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    Family Reunion

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi

    PremieredJuly 10, 2019

    Family Reunion (Netflix, 2019) is an American television comedy series. When the McKellan family, headed by Moses 'Moz' McKellen (Anthony Alabi), move from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to extended...  more

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    Cherish The Day

    Alano Miller, Xosha Roquemore

    PremieredFebruary 11, 2020

    Cherish The Day (OWN, 2020) is an American romantic drama television series created and produced by Ava DuVernay. Following a day in the life of a couple in love, the series chronicles the...  more

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    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis

    PremieredAugust 2, 2019

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede. Each episode examines a single theme and features sketches, short vignettes, animated segments, and...  more

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