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."
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318 69
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fred G. Sanford Sanford & Son

2
294 94
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough The Bernie Mac Show

3
298 78
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

4
210 106
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

5
310 78
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

6
350 97
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

7
236 104
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
264 99
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

9
163 68
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
189 41
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
278 104
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
168 86
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
169 116
Cleveland Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Cleveland Brown The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

14
128 60
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

The Funniest Jewish TV Characters

15
195 84
Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

16
94 37
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

17
156 84
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

18
185 80
Chris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

19
182 80
Julius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

20
101 99
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

21
132 85
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

22
129 84
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
70 33
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

24
195 67
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

25
91 57
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

26
133 70
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

27
58 14
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

28
119 85
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

29
144 81
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

30
70 63
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
65 37
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

32
94 93
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

33
122 95
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

34
94 49
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
46 28
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

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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44 11
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

37
37 28
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

38
38 30
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
121 93
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

40
39 13
Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Grady Wilson

41
89 66
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

42
127 59
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

The Best Sitcoms That Aired Between 2000-2009, Ranked

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69 46
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
34 15
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

45
132 68
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

46
132 71
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

47
116 58
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

48
120 63
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

49
66 52
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin

50
127 73
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked