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Black TV Shows, Top 10 Countdown

There was nothing like 90s black TV shows.  Many of the best black family TV shows of all time were 90s black TV shows.  With the drama that Bill Cosby has recently been dealing with it’s difficult to remember that he once starred in one the best black television shows of all time.

Empire is a successful black TV show.  No one seems to like labels these days but it is what it is! Kaitlin Doubleday is the show’s only white regular in the cast therefore Empire is a black TV show.  Many of us fail to consider just how rare black television shows are.  We should be grateful for Fox! In the 90s they brought us great shows like Martin, In Living Color and Living Single and most recently the network introduced us to the Lyons.

The 1990s featured a long list of amazing shows and reboots have been announced for many of them: The X-Files, The Powerpuff Girls, Coach, Full House, The Magic School Bus.  90s black TV shows have been left out as no reboots for any 90s black sitcoms have been announced.

While black family TV shows are rare, networks must understand that they are as enjoyable as other television shows.  The number of 90s black sitcoms peaked at 18 in 1997 before the dry period set in which has lasted to the present day.

Without further ado, lets celebrate black television with a list of the top 10 black TV shows of all time:

10. Family Matters

Family Matters
Family Matters

9. Good Times

Good Times
Good Times

8. Chappelle’s Show

Chappelle's Show
Chappelle’s Show

7. Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son

6. Living Single

Living Single
Living Single

5. The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons

4. The Wire

The Wire
The Wire

3. The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

2. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

1. Martin

Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More