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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
2
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Bernie Mac Show
3
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons
4
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
James
Good Times
6
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin
7
Geoffrey Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Lars-HåkanPersson added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times
9
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters
10
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
11
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
12
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
13
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Jeffersons
14
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
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show
16
Benson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
17
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office
18
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy
19
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin
20
Julius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris
21
Chris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris
22
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added
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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 and the Cosby Kids
24
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Wayans Bros.
25
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked