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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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Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sanford & Son
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George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons
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Bernie 'Mac' McCullough ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Bernie Mac Show
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Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters
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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
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Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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James "JJ" Eva... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times
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James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
James Evans, Sr. Good Times
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Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show
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Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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Julius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris
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Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
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Chris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris
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Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Wayans Bros.
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Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin
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Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters
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Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
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