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The Best Black TV Shows In 2019  

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

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
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
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
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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk
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
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
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
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
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
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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios
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
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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell
Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more
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Greenleaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross
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
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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams
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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Ambitions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Robin Givins, Essence Atkins, Brian J. White
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
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American Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden , Iantha Richardson
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
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Claws is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes
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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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson, Leland Martin
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
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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall
Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. A rag tag group of Wall Street outsiders take on the financial industry in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more
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South Side is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Kareme Young, Sultan Salahuddin, Chandra Russell
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
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The Haves And The Have Nots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Gavin Houston
Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots" is a drama series following the dynamics of the affluent Cryer family and the impoverished family of Hanna, ...more
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Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray
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
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A Black Lady Sketch Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created, written, and starring Robin Thede. The show will include comedy sketches performed by a regular cast of Black ...more
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Family Reunion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Anthony Alabi, Loretta Devine, Talia Jackson
Family Reunion (Netflix, 2019) is an American television comedy series. When the McKellan family, headed by Moses 'Moz' McKellen (Anthony Alabi) from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to extended ...more
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Desus & Mero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Desus Nice, The Kid Mero
Desus & Mero (Showtime, 2019) is an American television late-night talk show series hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. The series originally aired on Viceland from 2016 to 2018.
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The New Negroes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Mike Eagle, Baron Vaughn
The New Negroes (Comedy Central, 2019) is an American variety television show, hosted by Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle. Vaughn and Eagle took inspiration for the series and title from the ...more
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David Makes Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre
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
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Shows In 2019
Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more