UPDATED: Check out the Best Black TV Shows In 2021!
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.
Genres: Comedy, DramaAtlanta (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
Genres: DramaSnowfall (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
Genres: DramaThe 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
Genres: ComedyInsecure (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
Genres: ComedyBlack-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
Genres: DramaLovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt Ruff. Set in 1950s Jim Crow America, Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee... more
Genres: DramaP-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall and is an adaptation of Hall's play, Pussy Valley. The series follows the lives of strip club dancers working down in... more
Genres: Crime, DramaGodfather 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
Genres: Action, Adventure, DramaBlack 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
Genres: Drama, Crime, Legal dramaHow 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
Genres: Crime, DramaPower Book II: Ghost (Starz, 2020) is an American crime drama television series and spin-off of Power created by Courtney A. Kemp. The series follows Tariq as he navigates his new life, in which his... more
Genres: DramaFor Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he... more
Genres: ComedyGrown-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
Genres: Comedy, HistoryBlack 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
Genres: DramaGreenleaf (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
Genres: Drama, Kids, Science FictionRaising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young son's... more
Genres: Comedy, DramaDear White People (Netflix, 2017) 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
Genres: DramaSelf Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American drama web television limited series, based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles. The... more
Genres: DramaAll Rise (CBS, 2019) is an American drama television series. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to... more
Genres: DramaAmerican 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
Genres: DramaI May Destroy You (HBO, 2020) is a drama television series created by Michaela Coel. Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella, a carefree, self-assured... more
Genres: DramaDavid 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
Genres: ComedyBoomerang (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
Genres: ComedyA 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
Genres: DramaEmpire (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