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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
387 120
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
393 96
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sanford & Son
3
369 103
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons
4
443 123
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
413 96
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin
6
253 148
James
Good Times
7
211 89
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
8
284 141
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
9
315 127
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters
10
251 59
Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Lars-HåkanPersson added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
11
336 120
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
215 101
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times
13
192 146
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
247 96
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
142 118
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office
16
163 76
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Jeffersons
17
237 98
Julius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris
18
192 102
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
19
225 95
Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris
20
164 83
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
162 100
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chappelle's Show
22
142 56
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin
23
155 98
Benson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
24
64 41
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Brooklyn Nine-Nine
25
107 61
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Everybody Hates Chris