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TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

Updated November 20, 2020 89.6k votes 11.5k voters 753.3k 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-Air
    3,074
    530

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

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  • 2
    Martin
    2,707
    532

    Martin

    Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin

    Premiered1992

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  • 3
    The Bernie Mac Show
    1,787
    348

    The Bernie Mac Show

    Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith

    Premiered2001

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  • 4
    Everybody Hates Chris
    2,144
    400

    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

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    Good Times
    1,270
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    Good Times

    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter

    Premiered1974

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  • 6
    The Proud Family
    1,743
    355

    The Proud Family

    Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson

    Premiered2001

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  • 7
    Living Single
    1,580
    360

    Living Single

    Queen Latifah, Kim Coles

    Premiered1993

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    My Wife and Kids
    1,980
    410

    My Wife and Kids

    Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin

    Premiered2001

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  • 9
    Sanford and Son
    928
    175

    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

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  • 10
    A Different World
    1,820
    439

    A Different World

    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison

    Premiered1987

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  • 11
    Family Matters
    936
    163

    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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    In Living Color
    1,219
    237

    In Living Color

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey

    Premiered1990

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  • 13
    The Jeffersons
    996
    211

    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

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  • 14
    The Boondocks
    2,035
    524

    The Boondocks

    Regina King, John Witherspoon

    Premiered2005

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  • 15
    Black-ish
    1,668
    385

    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

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  • 16
    The Cosby Show
    1,767
    481

    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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  • 17
    The Jamie Foxx Show
    738
    148

    The Jamie Foxx Show

    Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris

    Premiered1996

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  • 18
    Girlfriends
    1,441
    394

    Girlfriends

    Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks

    Premiered2000

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  • 19
    Sister, Sister
    1,126
    229

    Sister, Sister

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley

    Premiered1994

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  • 20
    Moesha
    805
    176

    Moesha

    Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young

    Premiered1996

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  • 21
    Power
    1,728
    417

    Power

    Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton

    Premiered2014

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  • 22
    Insecure
    1,160
    298

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

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  • 23
    Chappelle's Show
    1,159
    311

    Chappelle's Show

    Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings

    Premiered2003

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  • 24
    The Wayans Bros.
    487
    93

    The Wayans Bros.

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

    Premiered1995

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  • 25
    Atlanta
    903
    251

    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    Premiered2016

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