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TV shows with Black actors and actresses that give you suspense, thriller, drama and comedy all before bedtime.


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Do you build your evening around your favorite TV shows with Black actors? Well, this list will keep your schedule running smoothly. New TV shows with African American actors and actresses are on every night in your living room and bedroom. Don’t be out of the loop with your friends!


Below are current TV shows with famous Black actors in lead roles. Genres include true crime, comedy, drama, suspense, action and more! Plus, see what you can look forward to watching in the coming months. TV shows are listed by day, time, then alphabetical order.


*The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the show or movie prior to watching. 

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Starz – Sundays at 8 p.m.
In the final season, will Ghost (Omari Hardwick) continue to remain blind from the enemies that want to take him down? And will he see those enemies include his brother-in-arms Tommy Egan, who shot his on-again-off-again girlfriend Angela? It will be revealed if she survived. The season will finish with 15 episodes.


Real Housewives of Atlanta
Bravo – Sundays at 8 p.m.
Cynthia and Mike Hill get serious. Nene does her best to mend relationships with the women who mean the most to her. Kenya admits her marriage is struggling.


Bob Hearts Abishola
CBS – Mondays at 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a love story about a middle-aged businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse. She is a Nigerian immigrant (Folake Olowofoyeku). Recovering from his heart, Bob sets his sights on winning her over. This is a comedic examination of immigrant life in America.


All American Season 2
CW – Mondays at 8 p.m.
Conflicted by the death of his Father, Spencer is figuring out if he still wants to play football or not. The lives of his friends also get complicated. One enters rehab, while the other is in danger when a man she put behind bars is let out.


Love & Hip Hop New York
VH1 – Mondays at 8 p.m.
The past faces the future when Chrissy Lampkin and Olivia return to NYC. A pregnant Erica Mena and Safaree tie the knot. Everyone else? Well, you know… drama!


The Neighborhood
CBS – Mondays at 8 p.m.
Dave Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is in a community quite different from their small town.


All Rise
CBS – Mondays at 9 p.m.
This courthouse drama follows the chaotic and absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders. It is tough to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), immediately pushes the boundaries and challenges the expectations of what a judge can be.


Black Lightning
CW – Mondays at 9 p.m.
A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.


Love & Hip Hop Miami
VH1 – Mondays at 9 p.m.
Joy and Trick Daddy say they are over, but no one can really tell. Trina goes on tour and brings new talent with her. Joseline, the Puerto Rican Princess, is welcomed to Miami.


ABC – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.


The Haves and the Have Nots
OWN – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.


This Is Us Season 4
NBC – Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
The Pearson family shows chronicles across the decades: from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids, Kevin, Kate and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become.


Black-ish Season 6
ABC – Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
Andre and Rainbow want to give their kids the best – but they’re realizing childhood is much different these days.


Black Ink Crew Chicago
VH1 – Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Charmaine pregnant has a devastating loss in the family. Kitty (From Black Ink New York) is now working at the Chicago location and it isn’t sitting well with some people.


The Oval
BET – Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Newly-elected U.S. President Hunter Franklin, his wife Victoria (Kron Moore) and family move into the White House. You can only imagine the chaos as he and his family prepare for the Inaugural Ball.


Chicago P.D.
NBC – Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
Voight makes a deal to help bring down a rogue group of dirty cops dealing drugs.


BET – Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
A group of single black females from different walks of life bond over their one common thread: why am I single?


Monique & Friends: Live from Atlanta
Showtime – Friday at 10 p.m.
Comedy legend Mo’Nique hosts an amazing night of comedy starring Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X, Correy Bell and Donnell Rawlings.


Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector
NBC – Fridays at 8 p.m.
Inspired by the best-selling book, the enigmatic and notorious serial killer known only as “The Bone Collector” is back to terrify New York City. Former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme (Russel Hornsby) comes out of retirement to catch the murderer.


Robin Roberts Presents – Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story
In the summer of 1998, Gloria Williams (Niecy Nash), reeling from a recent miscarriage, drove from her home in South Carolina and walked into a Jacksonville, Florida hospital posing as a nurse and took newborn Kamiyah Mobley (Rayven Ferrell), raising her as her own.


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Cherish the Day
OWN – February 11 at 10 p.m.
Award-winning creator Ava DuVernay, chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

For Life
ABC – February 11 at 10 p.m.
Inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., For Life is a fictional serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.


Good Girls
NBC – February 16 at 10 p.m.
Detective Turner had Beth at checkmate, but she was able to get away clean from an unexpected third party. Beth believes she is finally free of Rio, but Detective Turner thinks otherwise. Now, the girls are planning to take their business into their own hands.


Fox – Returns in March
Explore the high-pressure experiences of police officers (Angela Bassett), firefighters and dispatchers who are thrown into the most frightening, shocking, and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable while dealing with problems of their own.


Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School
PBS – Week of March 16
The electrifying documentary is based on the groundbreaking book by Dr. Monique W. Morris of the same name, which confronts the criminalization and miseducation of black girls that leads to their alarming high school dropout rates and increased numbers of sentencing in the juvenile justice.


How to Get Away With Murder Season 6
ABC – April 2 at 10 p.m.
In the final season, the FBI is closing in on Professor Keating and her students for crimes and murders that have been committed. How will the final semester of law school end?


HBO – April 12 at
Issa Rae is finally finding her footing in her career, but will relationships distract her? While she figures that out, Molly is stepping outside of her own comfort zone in relationships. Tiffany figures out motherhood, and Kelli continues to live her best life.


Empire Season 6
Fox – Returns in Spring
Cookie confronts the truth regarding her and Damon Cross’s relationship. This sends Luscious on a rampage as he works with Andre to make Empire bigger and better than before.


If there are any Black TV shows currently on air that we have missed, please let us know in the comments, or at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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