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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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Martin is listed (or ranked) 1 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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Boondocks is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Power is listed (or ranked) 13 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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My Wife and Kids is listed (or ranked) 14 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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Empire is listed (or ranked) 17 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, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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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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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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 21 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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One on One is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Jamie Foxx Show is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 25 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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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 How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...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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Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 31 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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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 32 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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The Get Down is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
carlybobarly added 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) 34 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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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 37 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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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Tyler Perry's House of Payne is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 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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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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Lincoln Heights is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Soul Train is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Star is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
fghope added 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Zaariah Broughton added Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Recess is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
Dynasti Noble added Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates ...more

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The Parkers is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Survivor's Remorse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans
sasanmack added Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, RonReaco Lee Survivor's Remorse is a half-hour format comedy television series.