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
364 111
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
382 85
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Sanford & Son

3
352 97
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Jeffersons

4
424 111
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
394 90
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

6
247 136
James
Good Times

7
274 131
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

8
239 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
305 117
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Family Matters

10
197 84
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

11
324 115
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
203 97
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Good Times

13
185 141
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 71
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added The Jeffersons

15
134 114
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Office

16
232 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 96
Julius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

18
182 98
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
The Cosby Show

19
213 92
Chris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

20
154 80
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 97
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chappelle's Show

22
151 96
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
59 37
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
133 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 44
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked