Black Sitcoms

by manny0717 | created - 26 Jul 2015 | updated - 25 Oct 2017 | Public

Primetime network television sitcoms, variety shows and other comedies with predominantly Black casts or Black lead characters

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1. 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: 7,056

2. 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: 6,945

3. 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: 5,304

4. 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: 32,366

5. 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: 2,840

6. 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: 5,200

7. 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: 2,400

8. 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: 3,864

9. 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: 1,341

10. Frank's Place (1987–1988)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A professor from Boston runs his late father's New Orleans restaurant.

Stars: Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid, Francesca P. Roberts

Votes: 350

11. 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: 1,070

12. 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: 3,070

13. Out All Night (1992– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Sitcom about a singer who runs an L.A. nightclub, a young graduate and his irresponsible best friend and roommate, who help her, her daughter and their Scottish neighbor. Set in the same universe as the Fresh Prince from Bel-Air.

Stars: Patti LaBelle, Morris Chestnut, Vivica A. Fox, Duane Martin

Votes: 128

14. Melba (1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Newly divorced Melba is raising her pre-teen daughter Tracy with the help of her mother Rose. Besides hanging out with her long time best friend Susan, she works at a NYC visitor center with Jack and Gil.

Stars: Melba Moore, Gracie Harrison, Barbara Meek, Jamilla Perry

Votes: 7

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: 6,459

16. The Laytons (1948– )

Unrated | 30 min | Comedy

An American sitcom that starred Amanda Randolph, who was the first African-American actress to appear in a recurring role on an American television series. The sitcom aired on the Dumont ... See full summary »

Stars: Amanda Randolph, Vera Tatum

17. 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: 417

18. The Bill Cosby Show (1969–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Chet Kincaid, gym teacher at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, deals with students, principal Mr. Langford, and counselor Marsha Peterson. He lives with his mother Rose, brother Brian,... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant, Olga James, Lee Weaver

Votes: 755

19. Grady (1975–1976)

30 min | Comedy

The solo adventures of Fred Sanford's pal Grady, who has moved on up to Los Angeles.

Stars: Whitman Mayo, Carol Cole, Joe Morton, Rosanne Katon

Votes: 75

20. Sanford Arms (1977)

30 min | Comedy

A widower with two children buys the Sanford Arms rooming house.

Stars: Teddy Wilson, Tina Andrews, John Earl, Don Bexley

Votes: 56

21. 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: 8,693

22. Sanford (1980–1981)

30 min | Comedy

Further adventures of Fred Sanford. The old cast is here, except Lamont. Fred has a new partner and a new girlfriend.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, Marguerite Ray, Clinton Derricks-Carroll

Votes: 210

23. Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler

Votes: 2,315

24. 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: 29,631

25. 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: 111,675

26. Here and Now (1992–1993)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

A.J. is a graduate student who volunteers at a youth center that helps troubled kids.

Stars: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Charles Brown, Daryl Mitchell, Rachael Crawford

Votes: 29

27. Rhythm & Blues (1992– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The owner (Horsford) of a black radio station hears the soulful voice of Bobby Soul (Kabler) and offers him a job on her station. But is stunned when she discovers that he is white. At ... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Kabler, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Troy Curvey Jr., Christopher Babers

Votes: 15

28. Getting By (1993–1994)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Comedy about two women who live together in a rather large house. Dolores, who is the black one, has two boys Marcus (Santana) and Darren (Richmond). Cathy, who is the white one, has two ... See full summary »

Stars: Cindy Williams, Telma Hopkins, Deon Richmond, Merlin Santana

Votes: 41

29. 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: 828

30. Built to Last (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

An American television sitcom set in Washington, D.C. and centers around a family run business headed by Royale Watkins. The series premiered September 24, 1997 on NBC and ended October 15, 1997 after airing 8 episodes.

Stars: Denise Dowse, Geoffrey Owens, Juan Pope, Natalie Desselle Reid

Votes: 14

31. For Your Love (1998–2002)

30 min | Comedy

Focused on three couples who try to counsel each other on how to deal with the opposite sex.

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, James Lesure, Tamala Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer

Votes: 210

32. DAG (2000–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Following an embarrassing blunder, the President's top secret service agent is reassigned to the First Lady and has to contend with her eccentric staff.

Stars: David Alan Grier, Stephen Dunham, Mel Jackson, Lauren Tom

Votes: 90

33. The Tracy Morgan Show (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy

Tracy Morgan plays an owner of an auto-repair shop who is married with two kids. Tamela Jones from "Head of State" plays his wife and rapper Heavy "D" plays one of the mechanics.

Stars: Tracy Morgan, Tamala Jones, Marc John Jefferies, Bobb'e J. Thompson

Votes: 226

34. Whoopi (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

A faded singer decides to reopen her hotel's lounge.

Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Wren T. Brown, Elizabeth Regen, Omid Djalili

Votes: 569

35. Mr. Robinson (2015)

30 min | Comedy

Centers on a rough-edged musician Craig, who's adjusting to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms.

Stars: Craig Robinson, Benjamin Koldyke, Brandon T. Jackson, Spencer Grammer

Votes: 915

36. 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: 2,523

37. 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: 93

38. Barefoot in the Park (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter struggle to survive their first year of matrimony in NYC.

Stars: Scoey Mitchell, Tracy Reed, Thelma Carpenter, Nipsey Russell

Votes: 38

39. That's My Mama (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

Clifton likes being a barber in Washington, D.C., where he works in the business started by his father. He also enjoys being single, but his widowed mama Eloise has other ideas, and wants ... See full summary »

Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange, Teddy Wilson

Votes: 337

40. 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: 2,730

41. Benson (1979–1986)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold

Votes: 2,552

42. One in a Million (1980– )

30 min | Comedy

After her favorite client dies in her taxi, Shirley Simmons inherits his company, Grayson Industries. She decides to run it with the help of Grayson's secretary Nancy and nephew Barton, ... See full summary »

Stars: Shirley Hemphill, Richard Paul, Carl Ballantine, Dorothy Fielding

Votes: 11

43. The New Odd Couple (1982–1983)

30 min | Comedy

An African American remake of the television series inspired by the Neil Simon play about two friends living together despite their completely disparate attitudes to life.

Stars: Ron Glass, Demond Wilson, John Schuck, Bart Braverman

Votes: 98

44. Webster (1983–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter, and life lessons, in every episode.

Stars: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark, Henry Polic II

Votes: 2,467

45. He's the Mayor (1986)

30 min | Comedy

A new young mayor takes over when the previous office holder is ousted for being a criminal. Today it would be a reality show.

Stars: Kevin Hooks, Al Fann, David Graf, Wesley Thompson

Votes: 16