Comedy The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked  

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List of the funniest black TV characters. The most hilarious African-American television characters are ranked here in order of LOL-ability and sheer greatness. We're all familiar with the "token black guy" trope, so it's even more important to note the times that Hollywood gave blacks a chance to shine in their roles. Because when Hollywood did so, the result was unforgettable characters.

Look no further than every member of the Cosby "family" -- but if you do look further, look at every member of "The Proud Family" as well. That's right; we don't discriminate animated characters either, as Cleveland from "Family Guy" and Fat Albert Jackson will find themselves on this master list as well. A few sitcoms were even so golden and rich with great characters that they needed more than one representative in our rankings. Examples of this are both Steve Urkel and Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" fame as well as Carlton Banks and Will Smith for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
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1
353 78
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sanford & Son

2
332 104
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Bernie Mac Show

3
328 90
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons

4
230 126
James
Good Times

5
355 87
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

6
395 106
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

7
257 120
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

8
219 44
Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Lars-HåkanPersson added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

9
287 110
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters

10
182 79
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

11
305 110
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

12
186 92
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times

13
143 67
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Jeffersons

14
215 89
Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

15
179 132
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

16
122 110
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office

17
173 91
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

18
208 90
Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

19
202 88
Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

20
148 91
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chappelle's Show

21
97 51
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Everybody Hates Chris

22
141 92
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
75 19
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

24
134 92
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Proud Family

25
110 101
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office

26
78 41
Chef is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added South Park

27
216 74
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Wayans Bros.

28
101 63
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Cosby Show

29
76 42
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

30
145 75
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

31
115 53
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

32
157 88
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

33
79 72
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

34
132 104
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

35
59 34
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Black-ish

36
57 17
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added

37
48 34
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Brooklyn Nine-Nine

38
54 16
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added

39
49 37
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Brooklyn Nine-Nine

40
145 63
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin

41
100 72
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

42
130 103
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
That's So Raven

43
76 52
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added WKRP in Cincinnati

44
139 67
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Steve Harvey Show

45
131 61
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

46
145 73
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

47
74 56
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin

48
40 25
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
My Wife and Kids

49
140 77
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

50
43 29
Thelma Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked