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The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations

Updated November 20, 2020 334 votes 226 voters 14.2k views26 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that deal with race issues and are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

Throughout history, television has reflected what is going on in society. Currently, there is no more volatile issue than race relations and these are the best TV shows of that deal with race, ranked according to your votes.

Most of the programs on this list are not just about race. Shows like Atlanta and Fresh Off The Boat, are primarily comedies or sitcoms, however, they feature themes or prominent episodes where race is explored. They may offer a hilarious half hour of television, but more importantly, they explore everything from microagressions to the wide generation gap between immigrants from poor countries juxtaposed with their American-raised, affluent children.

There are also shows on this list that explore racism as their main focus. The ABC anthology show American Crime centers on race, class, and gender within the biased American legal system. Of course, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, a fictionalized detailed deconstruction of the trial of the century, also revolves around race. The defense knew that in order to win an un-winnable case, they had to make the trail singularly about racial prejudice and injustice.

Vote up the best shows below to rank the best television that deals with race, or add any other good TV series about race that aren't already listed.

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    Black-ish
    44
    26

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
    22
    16

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)True crime, Drama, Anthology

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  • 3
    Atlanta
    13
    5

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 4
    When They See Us
    8
    0

    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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  • 5
    Master of None
    17
    13

    Master of None

    Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

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  • 6
    Dear White People
    12
    9

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Satire

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  • 7
    The Chi
    12
    10

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    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 8
    Insecure
    5
    2

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 9
    Queen Sugar
    7
    6

    Queen Sugar

    Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 10
    Family Guy
    18
    26

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy

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  • 11
    Narcos
    9
    14

    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Biographical

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  • 12
    Godfather of Harlem
    4
    1

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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  • 13
    Pose
    2
    0

    Pose

    MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Dance, Drama, Musical

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  • 14
    Warrior
    2
    1

    Warrior

    Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

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  • 15
    Raising Dion
    1
    0

    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

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  • 16
    To Rome for Love
    1
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    To Rome for Love

    Gina Neely, Shay Atkins

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    To Rome for Love (Bravo, 2018) is a reality television series that follows five women, each in... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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  • 18
    Little America
    0
    0

    Little America

    Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Anthology

    Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Diary of a Future President
    0
    0

    Diary of a Future President

    Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    #Freerayshawn
    0
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    Stephan James, Laurence Fishburne

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 21
    Love in the Time of Corona
    0
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    Love in the Time of Corona

    Leslie Odom Jr., Nicolette Robinson

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Dating, Comedy

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    Grey's Anatomy
    8
    19

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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  • 23
    Woke
    0
    0

    Woke

    Lamorne Morris, T. Murph

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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  • 24
    Wrong Kind of Black
    0
    0

    Wrong Kind of Black

    Clarence Ryan, Aaron L. McGrath

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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  • 25
    Trial 4
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