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1. 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: 124,114

2. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

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

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 31,982

3. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

Votes: 8,112

4. 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

5. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Adventures of two boys, Riley and Huey Freeman, who undergo a culture clash when they move from Chicago to the suburbs to live with their grandfather.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 27,434

6. 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: 7,923

7. 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: 25,309

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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: 25,650

11. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

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

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 9,940

12. 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: 5,947

13. 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: 11,566

14. 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

15. 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

16. Roc (1991–1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector, balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family life in an effort to do what he thinks is best for his wife and kids. Most of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Charles S. Dutton, Ella Joyce, Rocky Carroll, Carl Gordon

Votes: 1,260

17. 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

18. 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

19. 227 (1985–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

This series took place in an apartment building numbered 227. The cast would frequently be sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, involved in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plotline.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall

Votes: 2,824

20. The Jamie Foxx Show (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Jamie King (Jamie Foxx) is an aspiring actor from Terrell, Texas, who has come to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. To support himself, he works in his family's hotel, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais, Christopher B. Duncan

Votes: 2,782

21. All of Us (2003–2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The estranged wife of a television reporter returns to invade his new life.

Stars: Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin, Tony Rock

Votes: 1,297

22. 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

23. The Steve Harvey Show (1996–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A former funk star named Steve Hightower enlists as a high school music teacher away from his original career in Chicago.

Stars: Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana, William Lee Scott

Votes: 2,697

24. Smart Guy (1997–1999)

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

A 10-year-old genius goes from elementary school to high school.

Stars: Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver, Omar Gooding

Votes: 4,648

25. The Game (2006–2015)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A spinoff of Girlfriends (2000) featuring a group of women who all have relationships with professional football players.

Stars: Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, Pooch Hall

Votes: 3,994

26. 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: 3,358

27. 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

28. The Arsenio Hall Show (1989–1994)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Arsenio Hall hosts this hip, late-night talk show.

Stars: Arsenio Hall, Burton Richardson, Michael Wolff, Sinbad

Votes: 756

29. Thea (1993–1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Thea is a tough, no-nonsense widow raising four children while holding various low-paying jobs.

Stars: Thea Vidale, Adam Jeffries, Jason Weaver, Brandy Norwood

Votes: 242

30. My Brother and Me (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Alfie and Dee-Dee experience how life affects them with different aspects each day, such as learning life lessons.

Stars: Arthur Reggie III, Ralph Woolfolk IV, Jimmy Lee Newman, Aisling Sistrunk

Votes: 843

31. Cousin Skeeter (1998–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A boy's cousin stays with his family. They get themselves into all sorts of funny situations.

Stars: Rondell Sheridan, Angela Means, Meagan Good, Robert Ri'chard

Votes: 1,180

32. Eve (2003–2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Following Eve and her group of friends as they experience the highs and lows of life.

Stars: Eve, Jason George, Ali Landry Monteverde, Natalie Desselle Reid

Votes: 977

33. Half & Half (2002–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Mona and Dee Dee are half-sisters with the same father who didn't really know each other when they were little and are complete opposites, but as adults they live in the same apartment building and at least try to bond.

Stars: Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon, Valarie Pettiford

Votes: 1,545

34. One on One (2001–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A sportscaster must take on the responsibility of being a full-time dad when his teenage daughter moves in with him.

Stars: Kyla Pratt, Robert Ri'chard, Flex Alexander, Kelly Perine

Votes: 2,010

35. In the House (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A once-famous football player must rent part of his house to support himself. A single mother and her two kids are the latest tenants. He also owns a sports clinic that he barely manages to run with help from his friends.

Stars: LL Cool J, Maia Campbell, Alfonso Ribeiro, Kim Wayans

Votes: 1,007

36. Malcolm & Eddie (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Malcolm McGee is a responsible and sensible twenty-something who ends up sharing a Kansas City apartment and a business venture with relentlessly enthusiastic tow truck owner Eddie Sherman.... See full summary »

Stars: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Eddie Griffin, Karen Malina White, Jaime Cardriche

Votes: 1,308

37. Amen (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated, and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye--who works as a lawyer when not ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Votes: 1,632

38. The Hughleys (1998–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Darryl Hughley is a successful businessman who seems to have achieved the American dream.

Stars: D.L. Hughley, Elise Neal, Eric Allan Kramer, John Henton

Votes: 716

39. The Soul Man (2012–2016)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

"The Soul Man" revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine, who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts when he gets the... See full summary »

Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan, John Beasley

Votes: 724

40. The Get Down (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.

Stars: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks

Votes: 21,351

41. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Kenan and Kel: two best friends who live in Chicago are always dragged down by Kenan's get rich quick schemes while orange soda-loving buddy Kel is dragged along but tends to mess things up.

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande

Votes: 14,497

42. Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

74 Metascore

In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Larnell | Stars: Chanté Adams, Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Germar Terrell Gardner

Votes: 2,894



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