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Top Black Sitcoms of All-Time

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Best Black Sitcoms & Black Comedy Shows of All Time

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 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 most popular television shows of the 1970s, for all demographics and racial groups, this hit sitcom will always be important to the African-American community, from relatable material to memorable lines and characters.

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, displaying an urban youth making a transition from growing up in West Philly to the so called streets of Bel-Air.

5. Chappelle Show

If there were 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 and skits.

6. Cosby Show

Despite the controversy of the lead actor, this is one of the greatest sitcoms of all-time. Constantly on syndication, Cosby and his family showed a rare side of successful families in the United States.

7. 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.

8. Sanford and Son

The great Red Foxx starred in a sitcom during the 70s as a private local entrepreneur who owned a business with his son, and the business was a junk yard.

9. Bernie Mac Show

Starring one of the greatest comedians of all time, Bernie Mac, this extremely funny television show was somewhat based on his real life, trying to raise his sister kids.

10. Family Matters

Known for Steve Urkel, and his hit phrase “Did I Do That?”, 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.

10. Everybody Hates Chris

A much underrated serious that was a take on Chris Rock’s life growing as a kid in Brooklyn, through the ups and downs and the constant daily issues. Also, 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. This sitcom is also believed to have inspired, or been copied by, the television show of Friends

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 as a successful family that deals with the typical of raising a family. This successful show on ABC lasted for the five seasons.

14. Girlfriends

An 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”, Different Strokes is a 1970s and 1980s sitcom that starred Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges.

16. Steve Harvey Show

Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer starred in this sitcom as school teachers within the 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, and was the first show for the WBs urban lineup.

19. Blackish

The top black sitcom of the 2010s with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as two parents raising a black family in the suburbs, while trying to make sure they do not forget where they come from.

20. Jamie Foxx Show

After featuring a number of hit movies and shows, like In Living Color, Jamie Foxx received his opportunity for his own hit show about a family running a hotel.

Honorable Mention Black Sitcoms & Black Comedy Shows:

21. Hangin With Mr. Cooper  |  22. Moesha

23. In The House  |  24. Parent Hood

25. Sister Sister  |  26. The Hughleys

27. The Sinbad Show  |  28. Smart Guy

29. One on One  |  30. Malcolm & Eddie

*Feature Image Editorial Credit: Vicki L. Miller/

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