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
362 111
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Bernie Mac Show

2
381 85
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sanford & Son

3
351 97
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons

4
421 111
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

5
391 90
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

6
247 135
James
Good Times

7
273 130
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

8
237 49
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
197 83
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
304 117
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters

11
324 114
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
202 97
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times

13
184 140
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

14
157 70
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Jeffersons

15
134 113
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office

16
231 93
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
222 95
Julius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

18
182 97
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

19
213 91
Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

20
154 79
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

21
154 96
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chappelle's Show

22
151 95
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
59 36
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Brooklyn Nine-Nine

24
130 54
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

25
85 43
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked