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The Best Black TV Shows In 2021

Updated May 21, 2021 2.5k votes 319 voters 25.3k views60 items

List RulesVote up the best shows airing during the 2021 calendar year that feature a primarily Black cast.

This list of the best current Black and African American TV series features a blend of old favorites and new shows. The best Black TV shows of 2021 include old favorites like black-ish and Desus & Mero as well as new series such as The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah.

Several long-running Black shows will be ending in 2021. The Haves and The Have Nots, after not being renewed for a ninth season, will begin airing its last episodes in May. Insecure, Claws, and Black Lightning are also all ending with their final season in 2021. But don't worry, there are plenty of new returning shows to fill your watchlist. The new crime mystery Lupin on Netflix offers a fresh take on a classic French gentleman thief, beautifully acted by Omar Sy. The Arrowverse also got a new Black hero in Javicia Leslie as the new lead in Batwoman. There is also no lack of Tyler Perry shows. Thanks to an intense filming and production schedule, 2021 has new episodes of Sistas, The Oval, Bruh, and Ruthless.

Which are your favorites? Check out all the best current Black TV shows and vote up the top current African American TV series. 

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  • 1

    The Chi

    Ntare Mwine, Jacob Latimore
    111
    27

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2018

    NetworkSHOW

    GenresDrama

  • 2

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji
    132
    44

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHBO

    GenresSitcom

  • 3

    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson
    92
    18

    PremieredJuly 5, 2017

    NetworkFX

    GenresDrama

  • 4

    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan
    91
    21

    PremieredJuly 12, 2020

    NetworkSTARZ

    GenresDrama

  • 5

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross
    70
    22

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2014

    NetworkABC

    GenresSitcom

  • 6

    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance
    68
    27

    Premiered2020

    NetworkHBO

    GenresDrama

  • 7

    Power Book II: Ghost

    Michael Rainey, Shane Johnson
    55
    15

    PremieredSeptember 6, 2020

    NetworkSTARZ

    GenresCrime drama

  • 8

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole
    61
    27

    PremieredJanuary 3, 2018

    NetworkFREEFRM

    GenresSitcom

  • 9

    Lupin

    Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier
    54
    22

    PremieredJanuary 08, 2021

    NetworkNetflix

    GenresCrime, Mystery, Drama

  • 10

    The Equalizer

    Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles
    65
    34

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2021

    NetworkCBS

    GenresCrime drama

  • 11

    Pose

    Mj Rodriguez, Billy Porter
    52
    22

    PremieredJune 3, 2018

    NetworkFX

    GenresDrama, Musical

  • 12

    Saints & Sinners

    Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell
    57
    30

    PremieredMarch 6, 2016

    NetworkBounce TV

    GenresSoap opera

  • 13

    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain
    44
    18

    PremieredJanuary 16, 2018

    NetworkCW

    GenresDrama, Action, Adventure

  • 14

    Run the World

    Amber Stevens West, Andrea Bordeaux
    27
    1

    PremieredMay 16, 2021

    NetworkSTARZ

    GenresComedy

  • 15

    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma
    47
    24

    PremieredFebruary 11, 2020

    NetworkABC

    GenresDrama, Law

  • 16

    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells
    37
    18

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2019

    NetworkSHOW

    GenresHistory, Sitcom

  • 17

    Games People Play

    Lauren London, Karen Obilom
    37
    20

    PremieredApril 23, 2019

    NetworkBET

    GenresDrama

  • 18

    All Rise

    Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel
    24
    7

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2019

    NetworkCBS

    GenresDrama, Law

  • 19

    Diggstown

    Vinessa Antoine, Natasha Henstridge
    30
    15

    Premiered2019

    NetworkCBC

    GenresLegal drama

  • 20

    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon Von
    37
    24

    PremieredOctober 23, 2019

    NetworkBET

    GenresComedy drama

  • 21

    Twenties

    Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore
    24
    10

    PremieredMarch 4, 2020

    NetworkBET

    GenresSitcom

  • 22

    First Wives Club

    Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott
    30
    17

    PremieredOctober 3, 2019

    NetworkCartoon Network.com

    GenresEntertainment

  • 23

    Batwoman

    Javicia Leslie, Meagan Tandy
    27
    14

    PremieredOctober 6, 2019

    NetworkCW

    GenresDrama, Fantasy

  • 24

    The Upshaws

    Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes
    17
    2

    PremieredMay 12, 2021

    NetworkNETOV

    GenresSitcom

  • 25

    Family Reunion

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi
    24
    11

    PremieredJuly 10, 2019

    NetworkNETOV

    GenresSitcom