Color By Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television by Kristal Brent Zook (1999)

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1. 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: 5,078

2. Amen (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. His new assistant, Rev. Reuben Gregory, however, has some ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Votes: 1,294

3. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988–2013)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

True crimes are dramatized in hopes that viewers can give information leading to the capture of the criminals.

Stars: John Walsh, Daniel David Sim, Don LaFontaine, Jon Leiberman

Votes: 1,637

4. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 6,845

5. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 28,439

6. 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: 746

7. Living in Captivity (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

Curtis, a successful DJ, and his pregnant Tamara integrate the upscale community of Woodland Heights. They make friends with an Italian couple Lisa and Carmine plus attorney Becca with her ... See full summary »

Stars: Dondre Whitfield, Kira Arne, Lenny Venito, Matt Letscher

Votes: 7

8. Color Adjustment (1992)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

Analyzes the evolution of television's earlier, unflattering portrayal of blacks from 1948 until 1988, when they are depicted as prosperous and as having achieved the American dream, a ... See full summary »

Director: Marlon Riggs | Stars: Steven Bochco, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Henry Louis Gates

Votes: 126

9. The Cosby Mysteries (1994–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Guy Hanks is a criminologist who works for the New York Police Department. After winning the lottery, he retires. But feeling bored, he occasionally returns to help his friends, Detective Adam Sully and M.E. John Chapman, in tough cases.

Stars: James Naughton, Bill Cosby, Yasiin Bey, Rita Moreno

Votes: 195

10. 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: 29,197

11. Def Comedy Jam (1992– )

TV-MA | 300 min | Comedy

Hosted by Martin Lawrence

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Kid Capri, D.L. Hughley, Joe Torry

Votes: 366

12. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 7,822

13. 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: 8,442

14. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 46,527

15. Family Matters (1989–1998)

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

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: 22,337

17. Fortune Hunter (1994– )

50 min | Drama

The weekly adventures of former British agent Carlton Dial, who now works for a private corporation called Intercept, which is in the business of recovering stolen property. Dial uses the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Frankel, John Hoffman, Kim Faze, George Meyers

Votes: 80

18. 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: 341

19. 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: 108,475

20. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 687,702

22. George (1993–1994)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

An American sitcom starring George Foreman as a retired boxer who runs an after-school program for troubled kids. The series aired from November , 1993 to January 19, 1994 on the ABC network.

Stars: George Foreman, Crystal Cooke, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Anne Haney

Votes: 23

23. Goode Behavior (1996–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A man is released on parole under one condition: he must stay under house arrest in care of his son who hadn't spoken to him in years. The son is not too crazy about this idea at all and son's shocked wife and teen daughter even less so.

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Dorien Wilson, Alex Datcher, Scott Grimes

Votes: 33

24. Happy Days (1974–1984)

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

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 14,365

25. Hardball (1994– )

30 min | Comedy, Sport

The Pioneers is a baseball team that struggles to stay out of last place, annoying crusty owner Mitzi . Happy is the team manager which includes new pitcher Dave, egotistical Frank, and Arnold, the debonair 2nd baseman.

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Mike Starr, Alexandra Wentworth, Dann Florek

Votes: 44

26. 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: 208

27. Home Improvement (1991–1999)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Family

The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.

Stars: Tim Allen, Earl Hindman, Taran Noah Smith, Zachery Ty Bryan

Votes: 36,757

28. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 10,645

29. House of Buggin' (1995)

30 min | Comedy

John Leguizamo's edgy sketch comedy show and spiritual sequel to "In Living Color".

Stars: Jorge Luis Abreu, Tammi Cubilette, Yelba Osorio, Jeff Coopwood

Votes: 125

30. 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: 656

31. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 20,711

32. In Living Color (1990–1994)

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: 8,791

33. 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: 799

34. 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: 2,379

35. 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: 6,755

36. 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: 368

37. 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: 95

38. 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: 3,737

39. Lush Life (1996– )

30 min | Comedy

If you know the plot of Two Broke Girls then you know Lush Life. Lori Petty is a struggling quirky artist and her roommate was more well off. Four of the seven episodes were aired when the show was cancelled.

Stars: Lori Petty, Karyn Parsons, Fab Filippo, Khalil Kain

Votes: 30

40. 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: 1,161

41. M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994–1995)

60 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A paralyzed African-American scientist builds a powerful exo-skeleton in order to walk again, and uses his new abilities to fight crime.

Stars: Carl Lumbly, Roger Rees, Chris Gartin, Galyn Görg

Votes: 590

42. Married... with Children (1987–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 90,208

43. 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: 6,733

44. One Night Stand (1989–1992)
Episode: Martin Lawrence (1991)

TV-MA | 26 min | Documentary, Comedy

[HBO] HD. Comedy and film star Martin Lawrence is seen performing onstage in an on-the-way-up stand-up performance.

Director: Ellen Brown | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Christopher Reid

Votes: 22

45. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 6,047

46. Me and the Boys (1994–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Widower Steve is raising three very different sons, ages 10-16, in Dallas with the help of his mother-in-law Mary. When not at his video store, Steve is interacting with Artis, William, or Andrew, or with his new girlfriend Amelia.

Stars: Madge Sinclair, Steve Harvey, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Wayne Collins

Votes: 57

47. Miami Undercover (1961– )

30 min | Drama

Jeff Thompson is a detective who works undercover for a Motel Association in Miami Beach.

Stars: Lee Bowman, Rocky Graziano, Hugh Lawrence, Jil Jarmyn

Votes: 11

48. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 20,838

49. 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: 2,783

50. New Attitude (1990– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.8