List of Black-cast TV Shows Then & Now

Black-Cast TV Shows

Like most adults and children when they come home from work or school, search through the TV channels, looking for the shows they enjoy watching. I remember me and my siblings coming home from school searching the television channels back in the day, for mainly black-cast TV shows. We would search through channels that we could relate to, with people who look like us. We would find The Cosby Show it was a very entertaining TV show to watch. We also watched TV shows that were considered non-black-cast shows like 90210 and Melrose Place. But the topic today is, you know, see above.


Black TV shows everyone watched then and now:

  • Soul Train
  • Yo MTV Raps
  • BET (Black Entertainment Television) with Donnie Simpson
  • Arsenio Hall Show
  • Moesha
  • Comic View
  • South Central Sitcom
  • Dougy
  • The Parkers
  • Mo'Nique Show

The Cast of Black-ish
The Cast of Black-ish
The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
  • Girlfriends
  • The Jamie Foxx Show
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • In Living Colors
  • Martin
  • Living Single
  • The Montel Williams Show
  • Wayne Brady
  • Tyra Show
  • Top Model
  • The Monique Show
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Black-ish
  • Uncle Buck
  • The Bernie Mac Show
  • The Carmichaels


I miss watching the show Malcolm and Eddie (starring Malcolm Jamar Warner, and Eddie Griffin) it was comedic and sexy. But a new show that I watch is Family Crews starring Terry Crews; it's a family show as well as funny. My children miss watching That's So Raven, a comedy on Disney Channel. Also they like The Cleveland Show; for some reason, guess it's funny also. I haven't seen the show Are We There Yet - starring Ice Cube, but I look forward to watching it soon.


The Show Goodtimes
The Show Goodtimes

Black TV Show Classics

People that are African American or not, remember watching "black TV shows," in the late 70's and mid 80's. It brought families closer together by watching the same TV shows at the same time. My mom would cook popcorn for us all to eat, as we get ready to watch our favorite shows.


Most of the black TV shows I remember watching way back in the day; you may remember some of these shows as well:

  • The Jefferson's
  • Good Times
  • Amen, (Clifton Davis)
  • Sanford and Son
  • 227 (Marla Gibbs)
  • What’s Happening?
  • What’s Happening Now?
  • Fame
  • Different Strokes

♥ Well, these all may not be technically "black TV shows," but they are my opinion of black shows. ♥

The cartoons my siblings and I watched as children, in the late 70's were; The Jackson Five and Fat Albert. Yes people I do like other shows that are not considered black shows, but I want to stay on the topic. And there are some black-cast TV shows that I won't watch because of its rate of immorality.


List of Black Cast TV Shows - Martin Show
List of Black Cast TV Shows - Martin Show

Benefits of Watching TV

Television opens up another world, whether through watching documentaries, drama series, or comedies. Laughter is good for us; Laughter is the best medicine. It has been found to increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and more. Watching a good comedy on TV can be a great way to find something to laugh about. Television can be educational with cable channels like Discover, National Geographic, and the History Channel; watching television can be as educational as going to school.


Physical Exercise While Watching Television

Also doing physical exercise while watching television can be entertaining, when doing any exercises it can get boring. Maybe that's the reason why there are televisions in some of the fitness centers.


Family Bonding

Family bonding while watching television can lead to some good conversations. Talking about something that happened in a TV show will lead to conversation of real life topics. This is one of the best benefits to watching television with your family.

Adventure; most children are not able to go see the rain forest or see an animal like at the zoo, but they can on TV as much as they want. Many shows and movies allow viewers to see animals, society, and other people’s culture. Personally, I can totally agree that some shows for children are educational; For instance, shows like "School House Rock," Sesame Street, PBS Kids, Barney, and others. These shows have been very helpful for education, imagination, entertainment, and interacting with young infants and children.

Back to the main topic; there are shows that I watched that were black shows that I'm not happy to say that I watched, like The Flavor of Love. If you liked some of the shows that were mentioned above, leave your feedback as; Voted up, Useful, Awesome, or Interesting. Thank you.

© Sabrina A. K.


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Um ... I'm not critizing you ... I like the idea of your post ... But ... I think calling shows "Black shows" is not necessary. Especially when a lot of these shows appealed to other races. And Montel Williams ... I remember the majority of his studio audience being Caucasion, not African American, the same with Tyra and Oprah. And again, a lot of people wouldn't care, but i'm just saying ... I get where you're going though. :)

I'd love to read posts about your memories from some of these shows; what drew you in and made you continue to watch.


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ trusoldj That is why I have the quote unquotes, " " . There not technically "black shows". But I'm glad you know where I'm going with this. Thank you for your comment. :)


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Cammilyn Scott 5 years ago from Somewhere in Sunny California

I enjoyed watching a Different World. I have season 1, but after the first season the rest were never released:(


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ Cammilyn thanks. I like "A Different World" also, I like the episode with Jada Pinkett and Tupac Shakur.


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Carl B 5 years ago

The Parkers, Jamie Foxx, Moesha, Martin...these bring back a lot of memories. Me and my family used to watch these together. Another good one was the Wayans Bros. I loved that show.


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Amanda Robinson 5 years ago from Grand Rapids, Michigan

I like that you added in some Benefits of watching TV. Many people still think that TV is not a good thing, but if I can laugh or feel inspired from something on TV-than TV can't be that bad, right? I too-liked many of the shows you listed. However, I am white :) Great Article!


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

@ Carl B, and Amanda Robinson thanks for commenting, visit again. :)


Anette DArlene 5 years ago

yeah MoM i like all those shows


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States Author

I just have to say this "I miss The Monique Show."


Marcus 17 months ago

I mean he is actually right to call them black shows at least some of them because some where created to target the African-American audience. Some of them just appealled to a large group. Everyone knows that when they create television shows they do so to target a certain demographic. Now some of the shows on the list where created by black people and/or starred black people in the primary cast, but they were used to attract crowds beyond black people like America's Top Model, I would not call it a black show because the majority of the contestants are white.

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