black sitcoms 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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322 72
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fred G. Sanford Sanford & Son

2
299 97
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough The Bernie Mac Show

3
302 81
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

4
213 111
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

5
359 98
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6
311 81
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

7
241 108
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

8
269 100
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

9
166 70
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
192 42
Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Lars-HåkanPersson added Geoffrey Butler The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11
283 105
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

12
169 87
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
James Evans, Sr. Good Times

13
170 118
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

14
129 61
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

The Funniest Jewish TV Characters

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158 85
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

16
195 86
Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

17
185 82
Chris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

18
184 82
Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

19
94 40
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

20
106 100
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

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130 84
Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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132 86
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

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71 33
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

24
196 68
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

25
60 14
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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92 57
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

27
134 70
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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120 85
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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145 81
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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66 37
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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71 64
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

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96 94
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

33
123 96
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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95 50
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

35
47 28
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Dre Johnson Black-ish

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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44 12
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

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40 30
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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123 93
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

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38 30
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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40 13
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Grady Wilson

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90 66
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

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70 46
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

The Best Sitcoms That Aired Between 2000-2009, Ranked

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128 60
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

44
134 68
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

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34 17
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

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118 58
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

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133 71
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

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122 63
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

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66 53
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin

50
129 73
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked