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TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans  

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List Rules Vote 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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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Etisol Domoa added Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Queen Sugar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added 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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The Game is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell
The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime ...more
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more
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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery
Being Mary Jane (BET, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. The life of a young black woman (Gabrielle Union), her work, her family, and the popular talk show ...more
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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon
The Wayans Bros. ist eine US-amerikanische Komödie welche als Fernseh-Serie in den Jahren 1995 bis 1999 ausgestrahlt wurde. In den Hauptrollen, die Brüder Shawn und Marlon Wayans.
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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
adoremeh added Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol
That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney ...more
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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa A. Williams
Soul Food: The Series is a television drama that aired Wednesday nights on Showtime from June 28, 2000 to May 26, 2004. Created by filmmaker George Tillman, Jr. and developed for television by ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more
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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
lilolelori added Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick
Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more
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The Get Down is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
carlybobarly added The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith
The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated ...more
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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana
The Steve Harvey Show, was a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was created by Winifred Hervey and directed by Stan Lathan.
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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver
Smart Guy is an American sitcom centering on the exploits of child genius T.J. Henderson, who moves from being an elementary school student in the fourth grade to a high school student in the ...more
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dynasti Noble added Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. ...more
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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. The show took place in Curry's hometown of ...more
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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
LaVan Davis, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis
Tyler Perry's House of Payne is an American sitcom television series created and produced by playwright, director, and producer Tyler Perry. The show revolved around a multi-generational family ...more
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Half & Half is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon
Half & Half is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from September 23, 2002, to May 15, 2006. The show focuses on the lives of two paternal half-sisters in their twenties who were estranged ...more
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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Nick Cannon, Rosie Perez, Don Cornelius
Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, ...more
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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn
The Parkers is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from August 30, 1999 to May 10, 2004. A spin-off of UPN's Moesha, The Parkers features the mother-daughter team of Nikki and Kim Parker. The ...more
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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden
Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members and Saturday Night Live alumni Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. ...more
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Star is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
fghope added Star 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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Lincoln Heights is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Charles Houston added Russell Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard
Lincoln Heights is an American family drama television series about Eddie Sutton, a Mission Vista police officer who moves his family back to his old neighborhood, Lincoln Heights, to start a ...more
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What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more
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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Ibrahima added Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more