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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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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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Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

Premiered: 1992

Martin (Fox, 1992) is an American sitcom created by John Bowman, Martin Lawrence, and Topper Carew. A radio and television personality (Martin Lawrence) living with his girlfriend Gina (Tisha ...more

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

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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The Bernie Mac Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez

Premiered: 2001

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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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

A Different World (NBC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby, and a spin-off of The Cosby Show. A group of students struggles to make it through college as they attend a renowned ...more

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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

Premiered: 2001

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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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

Premiered: 1993

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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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams

Premiered: 2005

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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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II

Premiered: 2001

My Wife & Kids (ABC, 2001) is an American sitcom television series created by Don Reo and Damon Wayans. Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta ...more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
maxerix added Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

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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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White

Premiered: 2000

Girlfriends (UPN, 2000) is an American sitcom created by Mara Brock Akil. A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan.

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

Premiered: 1974

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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

Premiered: 1990

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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Power is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
_1443550058584 added Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci

Premiered: 2014

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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

Premiered: 1975

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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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Neal Brennan

Premiered: 2003

Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central, 2003) is an American sketch comedy television series created by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan. Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that ...more

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sirdouglas-dismuke-jr added Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

Premiered: 2015

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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Michael Noble added Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
adoremeh added Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

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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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added The Jamie Foxx Show Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais

Premiered: 1996

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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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

Premiered: 1996

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

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One on One is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
nicole-boone added Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander

Premiered: 2001

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