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TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

Updated February 5, 2021 85.6k votes 11.6k voters 757.3k 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-Air1
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

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  • Martin2
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    Martin

    Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin

    Premiered1992

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  • The Bernie Mac Show3
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    The Bernie Mac Show

    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith

    Premiered2001

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  • Everybody Hates Chris4
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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

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  • The Proud Family5
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    The Proud Family

    Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson

    Premiered2001

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    #129 of 349 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#144 of 644 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • Good Times6
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    Good Times

    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter

    Premiered1974

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    #187 of 449 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#296 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • Living Single7
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    Living Single

    Queen Latifah, Kim Coles

    Premiered1993

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  • A Different World8
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    A Different World

    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison

    Premiered1987

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    #49 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s#49 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

  • In Living Color9
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    In Living Color

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey

    Premiered1990

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  • My Wife and Kids10
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    My Wife and Kids

    Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin

    Premiered2001

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  • Sanford and Son11
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

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  • Family Matters12
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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  • Black-ish13
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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

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  • The Jeffersons14
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

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    #25 of 78 The Best CBS Shows of All Time#26 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons

  • The Boondocks15
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    The Boondocks

    Regina King, John Witherspoon

    Premiered2005

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    #16 of 88 The Best Adult Cartoon Shows in TV History#156 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

  • The Cosby Show16
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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    #20 of 33 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh#12 of 117 The Best Shows About Families

  • Girlfriends17
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    Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks

    Premiered2000

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  • The Jamie Foxx Show18
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    The Jamie Foxx Show

    Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris

    Premiered1996

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    #54 of 71 The Best Shows On The WB#9 of 34 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of the 1990s

  • Sister, Sister19
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    Sister, Sister

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley

    Premiered1994

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  • Moesha20
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    Moesha

    Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young

    Premiered1996

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  • Power21
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    Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton

    Premiered2014

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  • Insecure22
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    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

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  • Chappelle's Show23
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    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

    Premiered2003

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  • The Wayans Bros.24
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    The Wayans Bros.

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

    Premiered1995

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  • Atlanta25
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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

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