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
- "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:
The Jamie Foxx Show
Malcom & Eddie
Half & Half
The Steve Harvey Show
In The House
The Parent 'Hood
The Wayans Bros.
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
Where I Live
My Brother & Me
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.
The Get Down
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