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The Best Black TV Shows In 2019

Updated February 4, 2020 3.6k votes 625 voters 49.5k 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.

  • 1

    The Chi

    Ntare 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
  • 2

    When They See Us

    Michael Kenneth Williams, Vera Farmiga

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Crime drama, Law

    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 color,...  more
  • 3


    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    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 white,...  more
  • 4


    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    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 rapper...  more
  • 5


    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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
  • 6


    Tetona Jackson, Tequan Richmond

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 executive...  more
  • 7


    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Genres (Tv)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 epidemic...  more
  • 8


    Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole

    Genres (Tv)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 her...  more
  • 9


    Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield

    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 lies....  more
  • 10

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure

    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

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    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 of her...  more
  • 12

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    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
  • 13

    American Soul

    Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden

    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 and...  more
  • 14


    Niecy Nash, Jenn Lyon

    Genres (Tv)Comedy 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
  • 15

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    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
  • 16

    Desus & Mero

    Desus Nice, The Kid Mero

    Genres (Tv)Talk

    Season 1

    Desus & Mero (Showtime, 2019) is an American television late-night talk show series hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero....  more
  • 17

    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    Genres (Tv)History, Sitcom

    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 of...  more
  • 18


    Robin Givens, Essence Atkins

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    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 (Essence...  more
  • 19

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment

    Season 11/12

    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
  • 20


    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    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 Howard)...  more
  • 21

    David Makes Man

    Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas

    Genres (Tv)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 of...  more
  • 22

    The Haves And The Have Nots

    John Schneider, Tika Sumpter

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Soap

    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 nots)...  more
  • 23

    Family Reunion

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 extended...  more
  • 24

    South Side

    Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin

    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 community...  more
  • 25

    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis

    Genres (Tv)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