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The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated February 25, 2021 4.1k votes 1.4k voters 111.5k views87 items

List RulesOnly 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 Chi1
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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Premiered2018

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A...  more
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    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs

    Premiered2018

    All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair....  more
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    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

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  • Dear White People4
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    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series...  more
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  • Grown-ish5
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    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Premiered2018

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by...  more
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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Premiered2018

    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character...  more
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  • Shots Fired7
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    Shots Fired

    Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt

    Premiered2017

    Shots Fired (Fox, 2017) is an American ten-part event drama television series. The series is...  more
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    Marlon

    Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins

    Premiered2017

    Marlon (NBC, 2017) is an American comedy television series created by Christopher Moynihan and...  more
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    Claws

    Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston

    Premiered2017

    Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five...  more
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  • The Last O.G.10
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    The Last O.G.

    Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer

    Premiered2018

    The Last O.G. (TBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Peele and...  more
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    The Quad

    Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

    Premiered2017

    The Quad (BET, 2017) is an American television drama, created by Felicia D. Henderson, Charles...  more
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    She's Gotta Have It

    DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos

    Premiered2017

    She's Gotta Have It (Netflix, 2017) is a comedy-drama series created by Spike Lee, based on...  more
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  • For Life13
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    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma

    Premiered2020

    For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg....  more
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  • Power Book II: Ghost14
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    Power Book II: Ghost

    Lovell Adams-Gray, Mary J. Blige

    Premiered2020

    Power Book II: Ghost (Starz, 2020) is an American crime drama television series and spin-off...  more
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  • Black Monday15
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    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

    Premiered2019

    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street...  more
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  • Sistas16
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    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon

    Premiered2019

    Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single...  more
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  • 24: Legacy17
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    24: Legacy

    Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto

    Premiered2017

    24: Legacy (Fox, 2017) is a spin-off of the 2001 series 24. It follows the life of ex-Army...  more
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  • P-Valley18
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    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan

    Premiered2020

    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall. P-Valley...  more
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  • When They See Us19
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    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo

    Premiered2019

    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava...  more
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  • The Mayor20
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    The Mayor

    Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele

    Premiered2017

    The Mayor (ABC, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Jeremy Bronson. Tired of waiting for...  more
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    Seven Seconds

    Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp

    Premiered2018

    Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena...  more
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  • Self Made22
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    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham

    Premiered2020

    Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American...  more
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    Boomerang

    Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson

    Premiered2019

    Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same...  more
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  • The Neighborhood24
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    The Neighborhood

    Max Greenfield, Cedric the Entertainer

    Premiered2018

    The Neighborhood (CBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jim Reynolds....  more
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  • Lovecraft Country25
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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Premiered2020

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt...  more
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