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The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations 

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Updated May 12, 2020 661 votes 224 voters 13.8k views 22 items

List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, and Tom Rob Smith. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy drama

Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Satire

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) 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

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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Drama

Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings - an activist (Rutina Wesley), a sports manager (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), and a single father ...more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

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

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a ...more

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Pose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Dance, Drama, Musical

Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more

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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Godfather 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

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Raising Dion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young, Sammi Haney

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Sci-fi, Drama

Raising 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 ...more

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To Rome for Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Gina Neely, Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw

Genres (Tv): Reality

To Rome for Love (Bravo, 2018) is a reality television series that follows five women, each in a different stage of their life with unique stories of love, but all share in the same challenges ...more
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Wyatt Cenac's Problem Ar... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Wyatt Cenac

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary television series. Host Wyatt Cenac takes a satirical look at social and cultural issues.
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Power is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Imani Henry added Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China ...more

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Little America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Anthology

Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of the show shares the true stories of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of ...more

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Diary of a Future Presid... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Tess Romero, Selenis Leyva, Charlie Bushnell

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Ilana Peña. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old ...more

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#Freerayshawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Stephan James, Laurence Fishburne, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama

#Freerayshawn (Quibi, 2020) is a drama television web series created by Marc Maurino. A young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn finds himself in a showdown with the New Orleans SWAT team ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Biographical

Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo ...more

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