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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
Fred G. Sanford Sanford & Son

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263 87
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

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275 72
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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192 94
James
James "JJ" Evans Good Times

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317 86
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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278 73
Martin Payne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Martin Payne Martin

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209 99
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Heathcliff Huxtable The Cosby Show

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238 89
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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146 64
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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169 38
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

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260 96
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

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155 79
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

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154 108
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

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86 28
Rochelle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
tirachii added Rochelle Everybody Hates Chris

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173 73
Chris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

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116 56
Louise Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Louise Jefferson The Jeffersons

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179 77
Jamie King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Jamie King The Jamie Foxx Show

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169 73
Julius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Julius Everybody Hates Chris

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141 81
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

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89 94
Darryl Philbin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Darryl Philbin The Office

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120 80
Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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117 81
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Rick James Chappelle's Show

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59 28
Chef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
RalphBob added Chef South Park

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184 63
Marlon Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Marlon Williams The Wayans Bros.

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65 57
Freddie "Boom Boom" ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington Welcome Back Kotter

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108 79
Penny Proud is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Penny Proud The Proud Family

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47 9
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

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123 67
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

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131 75
Sandra Clark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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80 53
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

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56 34
Rerun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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86 90
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Stanley Hudson The Office

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111 92
Christopher Turk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

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41 24
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Dre Johnson Black-ish

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83 44
Sheneneh Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Sheneneh Jenkins Martin

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83 48
Jerome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Jerome Martin

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37 7
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Jazz

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Grady Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Tom Islava added Grady Wilson

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65 42
Venus Flytrap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Venus Flytrap WKRP in Cincinnati

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110 87
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Raven Baxter That's So Raven

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29 26
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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81 62
Dwayne Nelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!!

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114 55
Pamela James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Pam James Martin

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126 66
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Carl Winslow Family Matters

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25 25
Sergeant Terry Jeffords is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
LanaYoshii added Sergeant Terry Jeffords Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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27 12
Janet 'Jay' Kyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Janet 'Jay' Kyle My Wife and Kids

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122 63
Whitley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Whitley Gilbert A Different World

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108 54
Dwayne Wayne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Dwayne Wayne A Different World

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113 59
Steve Hightower is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
Steve Hightower The Steve Harvey Show

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61 48
Roscoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked
looksharp added Roscoe Martin