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The Best Black TV Shows In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated February 4, 2020 2.5k votes 597 voters 47.3k views 35 items

List Rules Any new or returning shows that aired during the 2019 calendar year and feature a primarily Black cast.

UPDATE: Check out the best Black shows in 2020!

Here’s a look at the best current TV shows with Black casts that are have aired or are currently airing new episodes in 2019. It's refreshing to see more and more shows - from comedies to dramas and even superheroes - with majority Black casts. They're all great, but now it’s your job to vote and rank them. What are the best Black and African American TV shows in 2019?

The top Black television shows airing new episodes in 2019 feature a mix of returning dramas and comedies. Empire launches its fifth season in 2019 with the goal of adding to its strong legacy of delicious soapy drama. The hilarious sitcoms Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish will also continue to spread humor on traditional network television.

There are a couple of new television series with mostly African American and Black casts in 2019 to look forward to as well. The comedy duo Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will move from Viceland to Showtime this year. Their original half-hour late-night comedy guest show brings an updated spin to the standard talk show.

Which are your favorite current Black TV shows? Let us know by voting thumbs up or down in the list below.

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2

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) 2 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Seasons 5/6

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
3
Insecure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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
4
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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
5
Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Season 2

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 ...more
6
When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Limited Series

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more
7
Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Season 3

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
8
Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Greenleaf Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 4

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
9
How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

Season 6

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
10
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Season 3

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
11
Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Satire

Season 3

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
12
American Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
American Soul Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden , Iantha Richardson

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 1

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
13
Claws is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Crime, Drama

Season 3

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
14
Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

Genres (Tv): Drama, Family

Season 6

Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more
15
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Season 1

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
16
Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall

Genres (Tv): History

Season 1

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 ...more
17
Ambitions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Robin Givins, Essence Atkins, Brian J. White

Genres (Tv): Drama, Family drama, Soap opera

Season 1

Ambitions (OWN, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jamey Giddens and Will Packer. Ex-best friends Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens), the mayor's wife, and Amara Hughes ...more
18
Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Season 1

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
19
The Haves And The Have N... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
The Haves And The Have Nots Gavin Houston

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama

Season 6

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 ...more
20
David Makes Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre

Genres (Tv): Coming of age, Drama

Season 1

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
21
South Side is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin, Chandra Russell

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Season 2

South Side (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Shot on location in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, the show follows two friends who just graduated from ...more
22
Family Reunion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Tim Mowry, Anthony Alabi, Loretta Devine

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Season 1

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 ...more
23
A Black Lady Sketch Show... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

Season 1

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
24
Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

Season 1

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
25
Mixed-ish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 1

Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji, and a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun-off ...more