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The Best Black TV Shows In 2019

Updated February 4, 2020 3.6k votes 622 voters 49.3k views35 items

List RulesAny 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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    36

    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Season 2

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A...  more
  • 2
    144
    18

    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Limited Series

    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava...  more
  • 3
    203
    50

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Seasons 5/6

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony...  more
  • 4
    179
    39

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis
    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore,...  more
  • 5
    161
    32

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry
    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover....  more
  • 6
    164
    42

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Season 2

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by...  more
  • 7
    146
    33

    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Season 3

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton,...  more
  • 8
    126
    33

    Greenleaf

    Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne

    Season 4

    Greenleaf (OWN, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Craig Wright. The...  more
  • 9
    116
    30

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Season 3

    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character...  more
  • 10
    127
    39

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Season 6

    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series...  more
  • 11
    94
    40

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Season 3

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series...  more
  • 12
    72
    23

    American Soul

    Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden

    Season 1

    American Soul (BET, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jonathan Prince....  more
  • 13
    81
    38

    Claws

    Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston

    Season 3

    Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five...  more
  • 14
    45
    7

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Season 1

    Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being...  more
  • 15
    65
    26

    Boomerang

    Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson

    Season 1

    Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same...  more
  • 16
    61
    25

    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    Season 1

    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street...  more
  • 17
    118
    84

    Empire

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Season 6

    Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and...  more
  • 18
    42
    11

    David Makes Man

    Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad

    Season 1

    David Makes Man (OWN, 2019) is an American coming-of-age drama television series. The show...  more
  • 19
    54
    23

    Ambitions

    Robin Givins, Essence Atkins

    Season 1

    Ambitions (OWN, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jamey Giddens and Will...  more
  • 20
    77
    55

    The Haves And The Have Nots

    Gavin Houston

    Season 6

    The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, 2013) is an American drama series created by Tyler Perry....  more
  • 21
    31
    7

    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    Season 1

    Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by...  more
  • 22
    39
    19

    Family Reunion

    Tim Mowry, Anthony Alabi

    Season 1

    Family Reunion (Netflix, 2019) is an American television comedy series. When the McKellan...  more
  • 23
    35
    14

    South Side

    Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin

    Season 2

    South Side (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Shot on location in...  more
  • 24
    31
    11

    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black

    Season 1

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede....  more
  • 25
    31
    15

    Mixed-ish

    Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter

    Season 1

    Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by...  more