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The Best Black TV Shows In 2019

Updated February 4, 2020 3.6k votes 617 voters 48.7k 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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    The Chi
    205
    36

    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Season 2

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    When They See Us
    144
    18

    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Limited Series

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    Black-ish
    203
    50

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Seasons 5/6

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    Insecure
    179
    39

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Atlanta
    159
    32

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Grown-ish
    164
    42

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom

    Season 2

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  • 7
    Snowfall
    145
    33

    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Season 3

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  • 8
    Greenleaf
    126
    33

    Greenleaf

    Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Season 4

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  • 9
    Black Lightning
    116
    30

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Season 3

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  • 10
    How to Get Away with Murder
    127
    39

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

    Season 6

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  • 11
    Dear White People
    94
    40

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Satire

    Season 3

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  • 12
    American Soul
    72
    23

    American Soul

    Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Season 1

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  • 13
    Godfather of Harlem
    45
    7

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Season 1

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  • 14
    Claws
    79
    38

    Claws

    Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Drama

    Season 3

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  • 15
    Boomerang
    65
    26

    Boomerang

    Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Season 1

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  • 16
    Black Monday
    61
    25

    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    Genres (Tv)History

    Season 1

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  • 17
    Empire
    118
    84

    Empire

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family

    Season 6

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  • 18
    Ambitions
    54
    23

    Ambitions

    Robin Givins, Essence Atkins

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family drama, Soap opera

    Season 1

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  • 19
    David Makes Man
    40
    11

    David Makes Man

    Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad

    Genres (Tv)Coming of age, Drama

    Season 1

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  • 20
    The Haves And The Have Nots
    77
    55

    The Haves And The Have Nots

    Gavin Houston

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

    Season 6

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  • 21
    Raising Dion
    30
    7

    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

    Season 1

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  • 22
    Family Reunion
    39
    19

    Family Reunion

    Tim Mowry, Anthony Alabi

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Season 1

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  • 23
    South Side
    35
    14

    South Side

    Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Season 2

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  • 24
    A Black Lady Sketch Show
    31
    11

    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    Season 1

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  • 25
    Mixed-ish
    31
    15

    Mixed-ish

    Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Season 1

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