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The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated October 14, 2020 3.7k votes 1.3k voters 104.8k views74 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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  • 1
    The Chi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    All American is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Premiered2017

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Shots Fired is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Marlon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Claws is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Last O.G. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    The Quad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    55
    33

    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Black Monday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    24: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    The Mayor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    For Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    15
    5

    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma

    Premiered2020

    For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    12
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Sistas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    12
    7

    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon

    Premiered2019

    Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Self Made is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    10
    4

    Self Made

    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham

    Premiered2020

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

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    Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    8
    2

    Seven Seconds

    Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp

    Premiered2018

    Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Rel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Rel

    Lil Rel Howery, Jordan L. Jones

    Premiered2018

    Rel (Fox, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    P-Valley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
    8
    4

    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan

    Premiered2020

    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall. P-Valley... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Premiered2019

    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Black Lady Sketch Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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    A Black Lady Sketch Show

    Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black

    Premiered2019

    A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, 2019) is an American sketch comedy show created by Robin Thede.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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