Top Black TV Shows

by EmmaNelly | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

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1. Martin (1992–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole.

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II

Votes: 7,921

2. A Different World (1987–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

Stars: Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell

Votes: 5,945

3. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 8,058

4. Good Times (1974–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A poor family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker

Votes: 6,093

5. House of Payne (2006– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A multi-generational family lives together under one roof.

Stars: LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis, Allen Payne, Lance Gross

Votes: 5,827

6. Living Single (1993–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Follows the lives of several single male and female roommates and friends in 1990s Brooklyn, New York.

Stars: Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, John Henton

Votes: 4,654

7. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A streetwise, poor young man from Philadelphia is sent by his mother to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in their Bel-Air mansion.

Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali

Votes: 124,109

8. The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children.

Stars: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez, Dee Dee Davis

Votes: 7,109

9. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 24 min | Comedy

A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 3,176

10. What's Happening Now! (1985–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

"What's Happening Now!" is a sequel to "What's Happening!," a TV series about the adult main characters (Raj, Dwayne, Rerun, Shirley, and Dee) as teenagers/children.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill, Anne-Marie Johnson

Votes: 910

11. Moesha (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenager struggles to come to terms with everything life throws at her.

Stars: Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk, Lamont Bentley

Votes: 3,357

12. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid

Votes: 11,564

13. Girlfriends (2000–2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan.

Stars: Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Reginald C. Hayes

Votes: 3,891

14. Moesha (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A teenager struggles to come to terms with everything life throws at her.

Stars: Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk, Lamont Bentley

Votes: 3,357

15. My Wife and Kids (2001–2005)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream.

Stars: Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell, George Gore II, Parker McKenna Posey

Votes: 25,649

16. The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The wacky escapades of brothers Shawn and Marlon Williams, along with their wise but eccentric father.

Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford

Votes: 4,538

17. Black-ish (2014– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown

Votes: 20,550

18. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A young African-American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all-white school in the 1980s.

Stars: Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

Votes: 34,889

19. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

American comedy with the larger-than-life teacher and his housemates.

Stars: Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman, Marquise Wilson

Votes: 2,804

20. The Proud Family (2001–2005)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Follow the adventures and misadventures of Penny Proud as she does her best to navigate through the early years of teend-dom.

Stars: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton, Paula Jai Parker

Votes: 6,498

21. Family Matters (1989–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary

Votes: 25,306

22. The Parkers (1999–2004)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Nikki decides to go to school to get her degree so she can go to Santa Monica college.

Stars: Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn, Jenna von Oÿ

Votes: 2,031



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