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The Best Black TV Shows In 2020

Updated November 20, 2020 2.5k votes 273 voters 15.9k views62 items

List RulesAny shows that aired during the 2020 calendar year and feature a primarily Black cast.

This list of the best current African American TV series features a blend of old favorites and new shows. The best Black TV shows of 2020 include old favorites like Empire and How to Get Away with Murder. The latter wraps up its six-season run this spring. Exciting shows like The Chi, Atlanta, and Black Monday will also air new episodes in 2020.

We can also look forward to several new shows from Tyler Perry, who inked a deal with BET in 2019 to create four new series. Both The Oval and Sistas premiered in 2019 and will continue airing new episodes this year. The Oval is set in the White House and Sistas is about a group of single Black female friends. Tyler’s other new series Ruthless and Bruh do not have an official release date just yet. 

Which are your favorites? Will one of Tyler Perry’s original shows top the list? Check out all the best current Black TV shows and vote up the top current African American TV series. 

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    The Chi
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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Atlanta
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    5

    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_watch buy button
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    Insecure
    100
    20

    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_watch buy button
  • 4
    Snowfall
    87
    11

    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Black-ish
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    18

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Black Lightning
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    21

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Lovecraft Country
    58
    14

    Lovecraft Country

    Abbey Lee, Chase Brown

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Black Monday
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    24

    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    Genres (Tv)History

    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    Godfather of Harlem
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    20

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Grown-ish
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    24

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    P-Valley
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    1

    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall. P-Valley... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Dear White People
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    17

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Satire

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    How to Get Away with Murder
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    18

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    For Life
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    8

    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Legal drama

    For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    All Rise
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    8

    All Rise

    Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel

    Genres (Tv)Legal drama, Drama

    All Rise (CBS, 2019) is an American drama television series. Newly appointed Judge Lola... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Greenleaf
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    32

    Greenleaf

    Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Greenleaf (OWN, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Craig Wright. The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    American Soul
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    30

    American Soul

    Sinqua Walls, Jason Dirden

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    American Soul (BET, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jonathan Prince.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Raising Dion
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    7

    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

    Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Self Made
    27
    5

    Self Made

    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Biography, Miniseries

    Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Boomerang
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    22

    Boomerang

    Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    A Black Lady Sketch Show
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    15

    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede.... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Empire
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    Empire

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family

    Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    David Makes Man
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    11

    David Makes Man

    Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad

    Genres (Tv)Coming of age, Drama

    David Makes Man (OWN, 2019) is an American coming-of-age drama television series. The show... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    High Fidelity
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    5

    High Fidelity

    Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    High Fidelity (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series adapted from the novel of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Power Book II: Ghost
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    4

    Power Book II: Ghost

    Lovell Adams-Gray, Mary J. Blige

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    Power Book II: Ghost (Starz, 2020) is an American crime drama television series and spin-off... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button