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."

1
331 76
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
310 99
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
309 83
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

4
220 117
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

5
324 83
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

6
371 104
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
244 113
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
275 103
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

9
171 73
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

10
201 44
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
287 108
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
176 88
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
173 122
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
133 62
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

15
162 86
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

16
112 102
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

17
193 84
Julius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

18
191 83
Chris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

19
197 87
Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

20
95 42
Rochelle Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Rock Everybody Hates Chris

21
136 87
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

22
134 87
Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

23
73 34
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

24
199 70
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
93 59
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
62 16
Hilary Violet Banks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
FranciscodeSouza added Hilary Violet Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

27
102 96
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

28
136 72
Fat Albert Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Fat Albert Jackson Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

29
123 88
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

30
74 67
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
146 84
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

32
67 40
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

33
126 97
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

34
97 52
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
48 30
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

36
41 30
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

37
45 15
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

38
125 95
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

39
41 34
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

40
42 14
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
92 67
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
71 48
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

43
130 62
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

44
136 69
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

45
121 58
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

46
126 64
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

47
134 72
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

48
34 19
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

49
67 53
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin

50
131 74
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked