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."

1
324 101
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough The Bernie Mac Show

2
343 77
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fred G. Sanford Sanford & Son

3
320 85
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

4
225 123
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

5
385 104
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
338 85
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

7
250 116
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
281 108
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

9
176 75
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
211 44
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
296 108
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
180 90
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
139 63
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

14
174 128
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

15
168 88
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
207 87
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
116 106
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

18
202 86
Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

19
196 85
Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

20
96 46
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

21
143 88
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

22
139 88
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
70 17
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

24
76 38
Chef is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

25
106 99
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

26
208 71
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

27
97 61
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

28
128 91
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

29
142 74
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

30
78 69
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

31
72 41
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

32
151 87
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

33
130 101
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

34
105 52
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
55 32
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

36
47 32
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

37
51 16
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

38
47 36
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

39
48 16
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Grady Wilson

40
129 100
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

41
140 62
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

42
96 72
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

43
74 51
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

44
135 66
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

45
127 60
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
141 72
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
71 55
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin

48
138 76
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

49
41 27
Thelma Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

50
137 76
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked