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Best Black Sitcoms & Black Comedy Shows of All Time

Below is a top 25 list of the best black sitcoms and black comedy shows of all time that tend have historically tend to the country’s urban audience, the list is definitely up for debate and that debate can be started by leaving a comment.


1. Martin, one of the funniest sitcoms of all time starring Martin Lawrence as a local radio DJ in the city Detroit with Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, Garret Morris, and others, while lasting throughout most of the 1990s.

2. In Living Color, a urban or hood version of Saturday Night Live, the television show created by Kenyan Ivory Wayans was one of the greatest sketch comedies of all time, despite not officially being a sitcom the show was the start for Jim Carrey, Jaime Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and more.

3. Good Times, one of the biggest television shows of the 1970s, this will always be important to and part of African-American society.

4. Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the start of Will Smith’s transition from making music to acting as the Fresh Prince was one of the biggest shows of the 90s.

5. Chappelle Show, if more seasons this probably would be the best black comedy television show of all time as this sketch show brought the rise of Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings and number of memorable phrases.

6. The Jeffersons, an iconic television show of the 1970s and 1980s as George Jefferson, played by Sherman Hemsley, played a successful business owner moving from a working class neighborhood into a upper class community.

7. Sanford and Son, the great Red Foxx starred in a sitcom of the 70s as a private business owner with his son who own a junk yard.

8. Family Matters, known for Steve Urkel was one of the top shows of the 90s, especially on ABC, showing a successful hard working black family, while lasting for over 200 episodes.

9. Bernie Mac Show, starring one of the greatest comedians of all time Bernie Mac, and somewhat based on his real life, trying to raise his sister kids.

10. Everybody Hates Chris, a take on Chris Rock’s life growing up starring Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews.

11. Living Single, for five seasons this 1990s sitcom starring Queen Latifah was based around four successful black women living somewhat single lives in New York City.

12. A Different World, a spin-off of the Cosby Show with Denise Huxable, played by Lisa Bonet, and others based around college life at a HBCU, while also featuring Jada Pinkett, Sinbad, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and others.


13. My Wife and Kids, a successful 2000s sitcom with Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell lasting for the five seasons.

14. Girlfriends, a urban version of Sex and the City with Tracee Ellis Ross and others, lasting for eight seasons during the 2000s.

15. Different Strokes, known for the catchphrase “What you talking about Willis” is a 1970s and 1980s sitcom starring Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges.

16. Steve Harvey Show, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer star in this sitcom as life as school teachers in an urban community

17. The Parkers, Mo’Nique’s claimed to fame, other than her standup comedy, was a hit sitcom of the 1990s lasting for five seasons.

18. Wayans Brothers, From Marlon and Shawn Wayans to John Witherspoon this 1990s sitcom is based around a family trying to run a newsstand and restaurant.

19. Jamie Foxx Show, a family running a hotel with Jaime Foxx starring as the lead actor.

20. Blackish, the top black sitcom of the 2010s with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross of two parents raising a black family in the suburbs.

21. Hangin With Mr. Cooper, for five seasons Mark Curry and Holly Robinson Pete made this one of the best shows of the 1990s with an input of multiple personalities into one sitcom.

22. Moesha, a 1990s sitcom based around the fictious life of Brandy, known on the show as Moesha.

23. In The House, five seasons of a hit sitcom of the 1990s featuring LL Cool J

24. Parent Hood, Robert Townsend and company lasted for five seasons during the 1990s as he and his wife played by Suzzanne Douglass try to raise a family

25. Sister Sister, life of two sisters growing up starring Tia and Tamera Mowry.

Honorable Mention

The Hughleys

The Sinbad Show

Smart Guy

One on One

Malcolm & Eddie


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