Best Black Comedy Shows of All Time

by BigBadDolemite | created - 23 Aug 2013 | updated - 03 Jan 2018 | Public

These are all the black sitcoms, sketches, and variety shows that we all love and enjoy. Some of these shows were cancelled before they even got started. Some of these shows don't get the recognition that they deserve and some were just forgotten about. To celebrate black comedy I've complied a list of the best of all time.

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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-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford, Carl Anthony Payne II

Votes: 7,135

2. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 49,994

3. 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: 113,696

4. 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: 7,270

5. 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: 7,156

6. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

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

Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

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

Votes: 25,421

7. 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: 4,130

8. Smart Guy (1997–1999)

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

Ten-year-old genius (Tahj Mowry) has skipped six grades into high school. This incredible promotion somewhat aggravates his teenage siblings.

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

Votes: 4,266

9. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,118

10. 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: 23,285

11. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)

TV-Y7 | 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: 13,478

12. 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: 2,529

13. 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: 6,589

14. Atlanta (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.

Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Votes: 44,899

15. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 612

16. Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013– )

21 min | Comedy

Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart's attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends.

Stars: Kevin Hart, Duane Martin, Nick Cannon, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

Votes: 3,890

17. Ballers (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A series centered around a group of football players and their families, friends and handlers.

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity

Votes: 35,813

18. 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: 30,034

19. 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: 1,105

20. Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

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: 32,753

21. 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: 5,496

22. The Carmichael Show (2015–2017)

21 min | Comedy

Follows stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael as he navigates through life with his therapist in-training girlfriend and his heavily opinionated family.

Stars: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 2,575

23. In the House (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Once famous football player must rent part of his house in order 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 a little help from his friends.

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

Votes: 868

24. 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: 3,141

25. The Parent 'Hood (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A college professor copes with contemporary fatherhood.

Stars: Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglas, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Curtis Williams

Votes: 874

26. 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-Martin, George Gore II, Parker McKenna Posey

Votes: 24,416

27. 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: 2,458

28. Wild 'N Out (2005– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Watch as Nick Cannon and a new A-list celebrity lead a team of improv comedians each week as they compete against each other in the new show: Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out.

Stars: Nick Cannon, DJ D-Wrek, Chico Bean, Emmanuel Hudson

Votes: 1,851

29. Beulah (1950–1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series of a family with the central role pointed to their Negro domestic who pulls the weekly family situations together with more common sense than all of the other family members.

Stars: Ethel Waters, Louise Beavers, Ernest Whitman, David Bruce

Votes: 98

30. Julia (1968–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

Stars: Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan, Marc Copage, Michael Link

Votes: 436

31. Desmond's (1989–1994)

50 min | Comedy

Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

Stars: Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder, Gyearbuor Asante

Votes: 587

32. 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: 4,019

33. One on One (2001–2006)

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: 1,708

34. 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: 18,056

35. 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: 3,688

36. Black Jesus (2014– )

TV-MA | 21 min | Comedy

The hi-jinks of a street-smart savior living in modern-day Compton, on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the crime-ridden L.A. neighborhood with his small group of followers.

Stars: Gerald 'Slink' Johnson, John Witherspoon, Corey Holcomb, Angela Elayne Gibbs

Votes: 3,031

37. 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: 5,305

38. 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: 1,212

39. 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: 8,939

40. Instant Mom (2013–2015)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A 25-year-old party girl becomes an instant mom when she marries an older man with three children.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Michael Boatman, Sydney Park, Tylen Jacob Williams

Votes: 677

41. Cosby (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hilton Lucas was forced by his employer to retire. His wife has trouble with him always being at home and so does he.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh

Votes: 2,173

42. That's So Raven (2003–2007)

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

A teenage girl periodically receives brief psychic visions of the near future. Trying to make these visions come true results in trouble, and hilarious situations, for the girl and her friends.

Stars: Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Kyle Massey

Votes: 16,873

43. 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: 9,946

44. 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: 693

45. 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: 2,884