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TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

Updated May 14, 2021 83.7k votes 11.6k voters 760.6k views165 items

List RulesVote up the most influential TV shows with strong black audiences - all genres and from all time periods

This list contains TV shows Black people love, whether the shows are current or from the past or contain an all-African-American or only partly Black cast - from any genre. From sitcoms to dramas to reality shows, these are the shows African-Americans love. Vote your favorites up.

 The lack of Black television shows of any genre has been consistently noted, but as the 21st century rolls on, the state of African-American television shows signs of improvement. Television has come a long way from The Cosby Show, which is often considered a breakthrough moment in African-American TV. Today, all-Black sitcoms, reality shows, and dramas are more readily available, from reruns of classics, including Martin and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to current shows, such as Empire and Basketball Wives.

 Of course, TV shows African-Americans love don’t just include those with all-Black casts or those specifically aimed at the demographic. In fact, Nielsen ratings from 2012 show that a few series Black people love are also enjoyed by all demographics. Examples include NCIS and 60 Minutes.

 What are your favorite African-American TV shows? Which shows are most loved by Black people? Are they classics, such as The Jeffersons or Living Single? Or are they just entertaining TV, including Modern Family or South Park? Whether the shows portray life in the African-American community or provide an engaging viewer experience, these TV shows African-Americans love keep viewers returning to their television sets.

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Joseph Marcell, Tatyana Ali

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    Martin

    Tichina Arnold, Garrett Morris

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    The Bernie Mac Show

    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith

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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

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    Good Times

    Esther Rolle, Bern Nadette Stanis

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    The Proud Family

    Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson

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    Living Single

    Mel Jackson, Erika Alexander

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    My Wife and Kids

    Noah Gray-Cabey, Brooklyn Sudano

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    In Living Color

    Marc Wilmore, Kim Wayans

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    A Different World

    Charnele Brown, Dawnn Lewis

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    Sanford and Son

    Noam Pitlik, Gregory Sierra

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    Family Matters

    Judyann Elder, Reginald VelJohnson

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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Franklin Cover

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    The Boondocks

    Regina King, John Witherspoon

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    The Cosby Show

    Raven-Symoné, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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    Black-ish

    Peter Mackenzie, Jenifer Lewis

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    Girlfriends

    Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks

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    The Jamie Foxx Show

    Garrett Morris, Ellia English

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    Sister, Sister

    Jackée Harry, Deon Richmond

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    Power

    Shane Johnson, Joseph Sikora

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    Moesha

    Marcus T. Paulk, Brandy Norwood

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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

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    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

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    The Wayans Bros.

    Darrel Heath, John Witherspoon

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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

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