The Primetime, Non-Animated Black-centric Sitcom: From Today to the 70's

by PeggyFromMannix | created - 13 Nov 2011 | updated - 28 Dec 2015 | Public

A 70's Child's virtual retrospective from "Reed Between The Lines" (2011) to "Barefoot In The Park" (1970).

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1. Reed Between the Lines (2011– )

30 min | Comedy

Psychologist Carla Reed and Professor Alex Reed balance their professional lives as doctors and personal lives in a blended family with three kids.

Stars: Tracee Ellis Ross, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Nadji Jeter, Zoé Hendrix

Votes: 391

2. State of Georgia (2011)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

Georgia Chamberlain is a confident aspiring actress with a larger-than-life personality who moves to the city from the South in order to make it on Broadway. Along with her quirky best ... See full summary »

Stars: Raven-Symoné, Majandra Delfino, Loretta Devine, Kevin Covais

Votes: 992

3. Love That Girl! (2010– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A young woman looks for a second chance at life by obtaining her real estate license, but when her brother moves in, her whole life is turned upside down.

Stars: Mark Adair-Rios, Bresha Webb, Alphonso McAuley, Peter Oldring

Votes: 300

4. Let's Stay Together (2011–2014)

Comedy

Couples navigate the highs and lows of modern relationships in this romantic-comedy series.

Stars: Bert Belasco, Joyful Drake, Nadine Ellis, RonReaco Lee

Votes: 494

5. Are We There Yet? (2010–2012)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Based on the hit film, centers on the blended Kingston-Persons of Seattle facing the challenges of everyday life in a new blended family.

Stars: Shad Moss, Keesha Sharp, Essence Atkins, Teala Dunn

Votes: 1,416

6. Sherri (2009)

Comedy

It's not just a comedy...it's her life.

Stars: Sherri Shepherd, Kali Rocha, Tammy Townsend, Elizabeth Regen

Votes: 163

7. Meet the Browns (2009–2012)

30 min | Comedy

For Cora Simmons, living at home as a grown adult has its challenges. Especially when you have Mr. Brown as a daddy.

Stars: Denise Boutte, Tamela J. Mann, David Mann, Lamman Rucker

Votes: 2,124

8. Brothers (2009)

30 min | Comedy

The series stars former NFL star Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as estranged brothers who are pressured to get along by their parents after Strahan's character moves back to his home town of Houston.

Stars: Michael Strahan, Daryl Mitchell, Carl Weathers, CCH Pounder

Votes: 244

9. Under One Roof (2008–2009)

Comedy

A ex-con (Flav) moves in with his wealthy, conservative brother, turning one family's life upside down.

Stars: Carrie Genzel, Jesse Reid, Emily Kuroda, Flavor Flav

Votes: 301

10. House of Payne (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A multi-generational family lives together under one roof.

Stars: LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis, Lance Gross, Allen Payne

Votes: 5,652

11. 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: 3,673

12. 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: 32,624

13. Cuts (2005–2006)

60 min | Comedy

Kevin, the son of the former owner, and Tiffany, the daughter of the current owner, team up to manage a hair salon/day spa, in this spinoff to "One on One."

Stars: Shannon Elizabeth, Shondrella Avery, Rashaan Nall, Edward Fordham Jr.

Votes: 233

14. Barbershop (2005– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

The daily life of a Chicago based Barbershop owner.

Stars: Omar Gooding, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Anna Brown, Wes Chatham

Votes: 243

15. Second Time Around (I) (2004–2005)

30 min | Comedy

A Black American couple decide to give marriage a second chance with one another, after failing at it the first time around.

Stars: Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Brian White, Danielle Nicolet

Votes: 55

16. Method & Red (2004– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

Two street-wise, urban rap artists move into a comfortable suburban neighborhood in New Jersey and try to fit in with the predominantly white residents.

Stars: Method Man, Redman, Anna Maria Horsford, Beth Littleford

Votes: 602

17. The Big House (2004– )

Comedy

A spoiled rich kid has to live with his much lesser rich family.

Stars: Kevin Hart, Yvette Nicole Brown, Keith David, Aaron Grady

Votes: 72

18. 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: 572

19. Wanda at Large (2003– )

30 min | Comedy

Wanda Hawkins is a stand up comic who is also working as a correspondent on a political talk show in Wshington, D.C. while at home, Wanda must manage her sister-in-law who is raising two children.

Stars: Wanda Sykes, Phil Morris, Dale Godboldo, Tammy Lauren

Votes: 247

20. 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

21. Like Family (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Two families -- one black, one white -- who share the same house work together to overcome their differences to create a home.

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Diane Farr, J. Mack Slaughter, Megalyn Echikunwoke

Votes: 119

22. Eve (2003–2006)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Following Eve and her group of friends as they experience the highs and lows of life.

Stars: Eve, Jason George, Ali Landry Monteverde, Natalie Desselle Reid

Votes: 861

23. All of Us (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy

The estranged wife of a television reporter returns to invade his new life.

Stars: Duane Martin, LisaRaye McCoy, Khamani Griffin, Tony Rock

Votes: 1,235

24. All About the Andersons (2003–2004)

Comedy, Family

Anthony's a struggling actor trying to provide a good life for his young son, Tuga. He makes the tough decision to move back in with his parents - and instantly remembers why he left. Tuga,... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Roz Ryan, Damani Roberts, Aimee Garcia

Votes: 84

25. Abby (2003– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Abby has a complicated life. She dumps Will, her charming, but egocentric jock boyfriend only to agree to remain roommates in order to keep their inexpensive, rent controlled apartment in ... See full summary »

Stars: Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Kadeem Hardison, Randy J. Goodwin, Tangie Ambrose

Votes: 17

26. Half & Half (2002–2006)

30 min | Comedy

Mona and Dee Dee are half-sisters who share the same father. They are completely unlike each other, but they live in the same apartment building, so disagreements are common.

Stars: Essence Atkins, Rachel True, Chico Benymon, Valarie Pettiford

Votes: 1,211

27. 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: 6,562

28. 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: 1,698

29. 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: 3,127

30. The Parkers (1999–2004)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Nikki decides to go to school to get her degree so she can go to Santa Monica college.

Stars: Mo'Nique, Dorien Wilson, Countess Vaughn, Jenna von Oÿ

Votes: 1,680

31. Linc's (1998–2000)

TV-MA | 30 min | Drama, Comedy

An American television series starring Steven Williams as the owner of "Linc's Bar and Grill" in Washington, D.C., and co-stars Pam Grier and Golden Brooks. The series aired on the Showtime cable network from 1998 to 2000.

Stars: Steven Williams, Golden Brooks, Georg Stanford Brown, Pam Grier

Votes: 100

32. The Hughleys (1998–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Darryl Hughley, who owns his own vending machine business, moving out of from South Central to West Hills, a predominately white neighborhood within the San Fernando Valley. Darryl and his ... See full summary »

Stars: D.L. Hughley, Elise Neal, Eric Allan Kramer, John Henton

Votes: 677

33. Guys Like Us (1998–1999)

30 min | Comedy

The story is about three guys that help eachother. Become successful.

Stars: Chris Hardwick, Maestro Harrell, Bumper Robinson, Courtney Mun

Votes: 27

34. Getting Personal (1998– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Getting Personal was an American sitcom starring Vivica A. Fox as the new Creative Director of Chicago-based advertisement company, and the boss of a guy she knew from a bad date, played by ... See full summary »

Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Duane Martin, Jon Cryer, Elliott Gould

Votes: 34

35. 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: 216

36. Damon (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

This series revolves around a Chicago detective who comes up with hilarious schemes to enlighten his undercover work. Of course, he is surrounded by a team of wacky fellow police officers ... See full summary »

Stars: Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Greg Pitts, Andrea Martin

Votes: 159

37. 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: 4,242

38. The Gregory Hines Show (1997– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

An American television sitcom starring Gregory Hines as a publishing agent and widower, who's dedicated to raising his 12-year old son Matty (Brandon Hammond) along with returning to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Gregory Hines, Wendell Pierce, Robin Riker, Brandon Hammond

Votes: 65

39. The Good News (1997–1998)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The series focused on David Randolph (David Ramsey), a young acting pastor designated to Compton, California's African American Church of Life. Initially, the majority of the church's ... See full summary »

Stars: Tracey Cherelle Jones, Alexia Robinson, Guy Torry, Roz Ryan

Votes: 66

40. Between Brothers (1997–1999)

30 min | Comedy

Charles and James Winston are young, good looking brothers with conflicting differences. Charles is a workaholic journalist, and James is a fun playboy. They have two friends from college, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kadeem Hardison, Dondre Whitfield, Kelly Perine, Rachael Crawford

Votes: 66

41. Arsenio (1997– )

30 min | Comedy, Sport

In his return to TV, Arsenio Hall plays Mike Atwood, a broadcaster on an all-sports network based in Atlanta. He gets to work with his wife.

Stars: Arsenio Hall, Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Dunn, Shawnee Smith

Votes: 67

42. 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: 2,439

43. Sparks (1996–1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Alonzo Sparks is a lawyer who has a practice in Compton. His two sons Maxie and Greg join the practice. Maxie is basically an "ambulance chaser" who doesn't do things by the book. Greg is ... See full summary »

Stars: James Avery, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Terrence Howard, Kym Whitley

Votes: 130

44. 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: 2,871

45. 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: 1,204

46. Homeboys in Outer Space (1996–1997)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Straight-laced Morris Clay and fun-loving Tyberius Walker are two Han Solo wannabes who fly around the galaxy in the Space Hoopty, a used starship that looks like a winged car and comes ... See full summary »

Stars: Flex Alexander, Darryl M. Bell, Rhona Bennett, Kevin Michael Richardson

Votes: 214

47. The Jamie Foxx Show (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

6.6