Black In Syndication

Black shows have next to no presence on streaming platforms, but on over the air & on cable - there's tons of classics. Off the bat, I want to give honorable mentions to some of the obvious shows like:

  • The gems from Norman Lear (e.g. "The Jeffersons", "Good Times", "Sanford & Son")
  • Anything Cosby related ("The Cosby Show", "A Different World", "Cosby"...) These can usually be found on streaming platforms
  • "Martin"
  • "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
  • "Family Matters"
  • Some of the stuff that I'm not sure would count as a 'black' show like "Diff'rent Strokes" or "Webster"
  • "The Bernie Mack Show" only because it's one of the few shows that is available to stream
  • "Everybody Hates Chris" for the same reason as above.
  • "My Wife & Kids" because I couldn't find the intro to it on YouTube. 
  • "New York Undercover" Great show, but doesn't fit under the sitcom umbrella like most of the stuff on the list. 

Even without those, there's still a lot to watch. In my latest rambling list, here's a ton of shows that came to mind:

What's Happening? 

Amen

227

 Moesha 

The Parkers

 The Jamie Foxx Show

 Malcom & Eddie

Girlfriends

Half & Half

Eve

The Steve Harvey Show

In The House

 The Parent 'Hood 

 Sister, Sister

Smart Guy

 The Wayans Bros.

 Roc

Excuse this recording of the tv video, but I wanted the original theme. It was either this or the En Vogue version that looks similar to the Martin intro.

For the next section, I wanted to highlight some that I never or very rarely see these getting any play these days:

One on One

 All of Us

 Hangin' With Mr. Cooper

Kenan & Kel

Now, I want to get into some really deep cuts. I don't ever hear these brought up in nostalgic tv conversations:

Out All Night

 Thea 

 South Central

 Where I Live

Sparks

 My Brother & Me

Cousin Skeeter

Bonus: New Attitude

I don't have much memory of this one, but it feels worthy of this section. 

Ok, oldies noted, but what's happening today? There's not a ton like in that late 80s-90s boom of Black media, but there's still some good stuff. I don't watch the hits like "Scandal" or "How To Get Away With Murder" and especially don't watch any of the "Love & Hip-Hop", "Real Housewives of...", or "Black Ink Crew" reality shows, but rest assured - I've got one universally loved dumpster fire in the conclusion of this list.

Atlanta

 Insecure

Luke Cage

 The Breaks 

The Get Down 

Empire 

Black-ish

So, that's it... Well, not quite - there's something else. I want to think to the future & what I'd like to see in the next crop of Black shows. I'd like to see:

  • More nuanced comedy
  • More settings outside of an "urban" environment
  • More fantasy & sci-fi
  • More music that isn't only Hip-Hop or R&B
  • More displays of there being more than one way to be Black