Entertainment 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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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1,812 454
The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams
The Boondocks is an American adult animated sitcom on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. Created by Aaron McGruder, based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name, ...more
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2,566 495
Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford
Martin is an American sitcom that aired for five seasons on the Fox network, from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, ...more
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1,702 404
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy
A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more
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1,437 337
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander
Living Single is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on the FOX network from August 29, 1993, to January 1, 1998. The show centered on the lives of six friends who share ...more
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1,534 293
The Proud Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton
The Proud Family is an American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the ...more
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1,677 344
The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez
The Bernie Mac Show is an American sitcom that aired on Fox for five seasons from November 14, 2001 to April 14, 2006. The series featured comic actor Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda raising his ...more
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2,064 381
Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond
Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more
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1,436 309
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
maxerix added Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi
Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more
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1,375 366
Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White
Girlfriends is an American situation comedy that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being abruptly cancelled in 2008. The final episode ...more
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1,983 413
My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II
My Wife & Kids is an American television show that ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 until May 17, 2005. Produced by Touchstone Television, it starred Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin, ...more
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1,106 236
In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park
In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the ...more
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1,046 281
Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan
Chappelle's Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by comedians Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan, with Chappelle hosting the show as well as starring in the majority of its ...more
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1,650 345
Power is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
_1443550058584 added Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci
Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more
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1,741 462
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more
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686 113
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Michael Noble added Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams
Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more
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1,016 221
Insecure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added 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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1,204 243
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker
Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more
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994 179
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
adoremeh added Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry
Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more
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1,739 568
Empire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sirdouglas-dismuke-jr 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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759 174
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added 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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932 217
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more
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889 217
One on One is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander
One on One is an American sitcom that aired on the now-defunct UPN from September 3, 2001 to May 15, 2006. The series stars Flex Alexander as a single sportscaster, who becomes a full-time dad ...more
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566 102
The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais
The Jamie Foxx Show is an American television sitcom that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. The series stars Jamie Foxx, Garcelle Beauvais, Christopher B. Duncan, ...more
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637 125
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk
Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to May 14, 2001. The series stars R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school ...more