What to Watch The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Only shows that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2015.

With Hollywood increasingly embracing diversity, some of the best new Black shows have premiered since 2015. 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 African American shows list? Airing on NBC from 2015 to 2017, The Carmichael Show examines a variety of serious social issues with sharp humor and hilarious jokes. Insecure was inspired by Issa Rae's popular web series Awkward before HBO turned it into a full-blown show. The Netflix smash hit Dear White People premiered in 2017, and was based on the critically acclaimed movie of the same name. Other good series featured on this list include Grown-ish, Superior Donuts, and Atlanta.

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
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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more
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200 42
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more
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All American is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan
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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157 37
Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe
Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings move to Louisiana to inherit an 800 acre sugarcane farm left by their recently departed
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166 57
Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell
Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more
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148 48
Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more
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136 44
The Carmichael Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jerrod Carmichael, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier
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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios
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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135 45
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams
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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112 37
Marlon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor
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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87 25
Shots Fired is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss
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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124 48
Star is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady
Star (Fox, 2016) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. It revolves around three talented young singers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany ...more
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87 31
This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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84 33
Claws is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes
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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray
Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more
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68 42
The Quad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore
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) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
kiki124 added Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish
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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55 37
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster
Lethal Weapon (Fox, 2016) is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama television series developed by Matt Miller and based on the film series. A slightly unhinged cop (Clayne Crawford) is ...more
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She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Cleo Anthony
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) 21 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits
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) 22 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones
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) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall
Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. A rag tag group of Wall Street outsiders take on the financial industry in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.
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Rel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Lil Rel Howery, Jordan L. Jones, Jessica Moore
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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Chewing Gum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
serahayoon added Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Susan Wokoma
Chewing Gum (E4, 2015) is a British television sitcom created by Michaela Coel. Growing up as a restricted, religious virgin, 24-year-old shop assistant Tracey Gordon (Coel) wants to have sex ...more