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The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years 

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Updated July 6, 2020 4.6k votes 1.2k voters 100.5k views 61 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2017.

With Hollywood increasingly embracing diversity, some of the best new Black shows have premiered since 2017. From lighthearted sitcoms to sci-fi thrillers to shows that tackle race relations head on, some amazing work has come out showcasing spectacular African American writers, producers, and actors. Which Black TV shows are the best? Vote below to decide!

What shows will you find on this new Black shows list? Grown-ish was inspired by the popular ABC sitcom Black-ish, with the new spinoff focusing on the story of the Johnsons' eldest daughter. . The hit First Wives Club premiered in 2019, and was based on the 1996 movie of the same name. Other good series featured on this list include A Black Lady Sketch Show, When They See Us, and All American.

Do you have a favorite new African American TV series? Vote for the best Black series below, and add anything you feel is missing. 

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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Premiered: 2018

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begin ...more

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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios

Premiered: 2017

Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack ...more

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a ...more

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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All American is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan

Premiered: 2018

All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair. When a rising high school football player (Daniel Ezra) from South L.A. is recruited to play for ...more

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Marlon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor

Premiered: 2017

Marlon (NBC, 2017) is an American comedy television series created by Christopher Moynihan and Marlon Wayans. Despite their inability to coexist, divorced couple Marlon Wayne (Marlon Wayans) and ...more

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Shots Fired is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss

Premiered: 2017

Shots Fired (Fox, 2017) is an American ten-part event drama television series. The series is about the situation following a racially charged shooting in a fictional town in North Carolina.
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Claws is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes

Premiered: 2017

Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of ...more

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The Quad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
The Quad Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore

Premiered: 2017

The Quad (BET, 2017) is an American television drama, created by Felicia D. Henderson, Charles Holland and Rob Hardy. The series follows ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (Anika Noni ...more
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The Last O.G. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
kiki124 added Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish

Premiered: 2018

The Last O.G. (TBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri. An ex-felon (Tracy Morgan) adjusts to life outside of prison.
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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Cleo Anthony

Premiered: 2017

She's Gotta Have It (Netflix, 2017) is a comedy-drama series created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film of the same name. Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) juggles three suitors: polite Jamie ...more
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24: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits

Premiered: 2017

24: Legacy (Fox, 2017) is a spin-off of the 2001 series 24. It follows the life of ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) who has returned to America, and the trouble that follows him back, ...more
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The Mayor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
The Mayor Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones

Premiered: 2017

The Mayor (ABC, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Jeremy Bronson. Tired of waiting for his big break, aspiring young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) tries to attract attention ...more
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Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall

Premiered: 2019

Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street stockbroker (Andrew Rannell) starts working for an eccentric veteran (Don Cheadle) who has secrets ...more

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Rel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Lil Rel Howery, Jordan L. Jones, Jessica Moore

Premiered: 2018

Rel (Fox, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett, and Lil Rel Howery. After he learns that his wife is having an affair with his barber, a guy ...more
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For Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant

Premiered: 2020

For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a ...more

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The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sharonda Pryer Nixon added Max Greenfield, Cedric the Entertainer, Dreama Walker

Premiered: 2018

The Neighborhood (CBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jim Reynolds. The nicest guy in the Midwest (Max Greenfield) moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. ...more
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Superior Donuts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner

Premiered: 2017

Superior Donuts (CBS, 2017) is a sitcom based on the 2008 play of the same name by Tracy Letts. that revolves around the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur Przbyszewski (Judd ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sharonda Pryer Nixon added Nick Cannon

Premiered: 2019

The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more

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Sistas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Kj Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian

Premiered: 2019

Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single?
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Mixed-ish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sharonda Pryer Nixon added Tika Sumter, Mark Paul Goseslaar, Christina Anthony

Premiered: September 24, 2019

Mixed-ish (ABC, 2019), stylized as mixed•ish, is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji, and a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun-off ...more

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Still Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Lashana Lynch, Sterling Sulieman, Wade Briggs

Premiered: 2017

Still Star-Crossed (ABC, 2017) is a period drama television series produced by Shonda Rhimes' ShondaLand, based on the book with same name by Melinda Taub. Still Star-Crossed is sequel for ...more
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Detroiters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson
Detroiters (Comedy Central, 2017) is an American comedy television series created by Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin and Joe Kelly. Set in Detroit, Michigan, the series centers on two ...more
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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King
Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena Sud, based on the Russian film The Major. Tensions run high between African American citizens and ...more

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