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Best TV shows with Black actors in 2024 that provide suspense, thriller, drama, and comedy before bedtime.

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Are you asking what a good TV series to watch with Black actors is? This list will allow you to tune into multiple Black shows every night of the week. You won’t lose track.

Whether they’re in the first season or the final season, these Black TV shows will make you laugh and more. These original series are perfect for satisfying your TV needs. Your friends are watching these hit TV series, so don’t be out of the loop!

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Below are current TV shows with Black actors in lead roles. Genres include true crime, comedy, drama, suspense, action, and more. Plus, see what new shows you can look forward to.

Did you miss the episode when it aired? Many television shows can be watched on streaming services, so binge on. Whether it’s a reboot of an old sitcom or a new dramedy, these TV shows are perfect for you!


Black Documentaries

Inside the NFL (TV-PG)

Ever wonder what goes through players’ heads? This sports docuseries follows NFL players’ lives, from hilarious mic ‘d-up moments to exclusive footage. New episodes are released every Thursday. This series is sure to become a household favorite with the comedy and reality of being a part of the NFL. Learn more about your favorite players and check out Inside the NFL.

Chasing Flavor (NR)

Carla’s curiosity about America’s most delicious dishes leads her to Ghana, Italy, Turkey, and more. This series follows Carla Hall tracking the lineage of America’s favorite dishes. With unexpected international origins, find out where the American classics come from. Haven’t you ever wondered who made the first chicken pot pie? Check out Chasing Flavor today!
Starring: Carla Hall

Black Action Shows

Curses (TV-G)

Apple TV+
A typical family lives an everyday life until their father is turned to stone. How will they reverse the curse? It’s up to this mother and two kids to find the ancient artifacts and return everything to normal. Check out this Black family’s wacky antics in this animated adventure. Stream Curses today!
Starring: Andre Robinson

What If? (2021) 

‘What If…?’ flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Catch the new season that’s now streaming!
Starring: Jeffery Wright

Black Reality Shows

College Hill: Celebrity Edition (TV-MA)

Six high-profile celebrities go back to college. Can they handle it? See the HBCU experience through the lens of celebrities. College isn’t easy. Check out College Hill: Celebrity Edition. The hit series from BET is now streaming on Netflix. Take a load off and enjoy the show. You won’t be disappointed.
Starring: NeNe Leakes

Black Comedy Shows

Yoh! Christmas

Single, 30, and under pressure, Thando lies to her family that she has a boyfriend. Now, she has 24 days to bring one home for Christmas. Can she do it? Experience some holiday hilarity alongside a love story. Great to watch over the Christmas break. Check out Yoh! Christmas, and have a good laugh!
Starring: Katlego Lebogang

Rap Sh!t (TV-MA)

Mia and Shawna are two women pursuing their dreams to be the best rappers in the music industry. What will it take to be in the rap game? Is it possible to keep it accurate and not succumb to the pressures of fame? Check out Rap Sh!t’s latest season, with new releases every Thursday.
Starring: Aida Osman

Black Drama Shows

Genius: MLK/X

A series that dramatizes stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, their extraordinary achievements, and their complex personal relationships. Following Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, this drama series chronicles how the rise of these two men. From humble beginnings, these men became leaders with opposing ideologies during the Civil Rights Movement. But were they that different after all? Find out more with this limited series.
Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Three Little Birds (NR)

Sisters Leah and Chantrelle and their friend Hosanna leave Jamaica in search of a better life in England. However, they are shocked to encounter racism and diminished social status once they arrive. Set in the 1950s, this British mini-series is based on the life of Sir Lenny Harry’s mother. Stream Three Little Birds on Britbox today!
Starring: Rochelle Neil

The Vince Staples Show (TV-MA)

Vince Staples navigates the challenges and surprises of everyday life in his hometown of The Beach. Vince Staples’ life is out of the ordinary as a rich and famous rapper and actor. What is it like to live on the other side? Find out by checking out The Vince Staples show today!
Starring: Vince Staples

Criminal Record (TV-MA)

Apple TV+
Two brilliant detectives investigate a historic murder conviction with differing opinions on issues of race and institutional failure. A young Black woman and an older white man must work together to find the proper answer. Set in Britain, these two detectives struggle to find a common ground. Check out new episodes every Wednesday.
Starring: Cush Jumbo

True Detective (TV-MA)

When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men operating the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish. Detectives Liz and Evangeline must confront the darkness and dig into the haunted truths to solve the case. Season four has just begun. Check out the previous three seasons on Max.
Starring: Kali Reis

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Black Documentaries

Finding Your Roots

Do you know the stories of your ancestors? It’s always challenging to sit and wonder about your lineage. This show explores guests’ ancestral stories and how they connect to their present lives. Check out Find Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This show will surely get you to think deeper. Catch new episodes every Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Starring: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

America in Black (Not Rated)

This monthly newsmagazine series features interviews, celebrity profiles, and in-depth reporting focused on important stories impacting and shaping Black America. Learn more about Black America with this fun docuseries. Whether it’s celebrity news or important Black issues, America in Black is sure to catch you up. Catch new episodes on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. Watch the previous season on BET+.
Starring: Roy Wood Jr.

Gospel (Not Rated)

From the blues to hip-hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for over a century. Musical styles come and go, but one sound has been a constant source of strength, courage, and wisdom. This series digs deep into the origin story of Black spirituality through sermons and songs. Check out new episodes on Mondays at 9 p.m.
Starring: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black Comedy Shows

Abbott Elementary (TV-PG)

The wait is over. The mockumentary comedy series returns for season 3. Following the lives of teachers in an inner-city school, you are guaranteed to enjoy Quinta Brunson’s genius. Catch up on the past two seasons on Hulu. Check out new episodes on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. You won’t be disappointed!
Starring: Quinta Brunson

The Neighborhood (TV-PG)

When a new family moves into the neighborhood, how will they adjust? In this family comedy, Cedric the Entertainer stars as Calvin, an established community member. When a white family moves into his predominantly Black neighborhood, he worries that they will change the culture. Laugh as you watch him navigate this new development. Catch up on the latest seasons before the season 6 premiere on February 12 at 8 p.m.
Starring: Cedric the Enterntainer


We Are Family (TV-PG)

Anthony Anderson and his mother host a competition showcasing the non-famous relatives of celebrities performing duets with their hidden famous family members. Featured stars range from musicians and professional athletes to actors and beyond. Check out the show and see if you can guess the celebrity relative. Tune into We Are Family on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Starring: Anthony Anderson

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (TV-14)

The iconic series is back. So far this season, there’s been some intense division. Will people be able to set their differences aside for their careers? Check out the winter season 11 on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Will everyone find the road to healing? Catch up on MTV and get ready for part two!
Starring: Amy Luciani

Black Drama Shows

The Irrational (TV-14)

A world-renowned behavioral science professor has solving crimes down to a science in this compelling drama. Using his unique understanding to help crack high-stakes cases, he figures out how and why people make bad decisions. Watch him stop the bad guys in this dramatic crime series. Catch new episodes on Mondays at 10 p.m.
Starring: Jesse L. Martin

Wild Cards (TV-14)

An unlikely duo of a by-the-book, sardonic cop and a spirited, clever con woman come together to solve crimes. With their various skill sets, they are a force to be reckoned with. With plenty of drama and incredible comedic timing, this show will become a favorite. Check out new episodes on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Starring: Vanessa Morgan

The Equalizer (TV-14)

A single mother has skills that can help those with nowhere else to turn. Remember the blockbuster series by Denzel? Check out this spin-off with Queen Latifah. Not every injustice can be solved by the law. Robyn McCall rights the wrongs of society while balancing motherhood. Catch up on the past three seasons on Paramount+. Catch new episodes on Sundays at 8 p.m.
Starring: Queen Latifah

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live (TV-MA) New

The love story of Rick Grimes and Michonne is changed by a changed world. Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. Can they find each other and who they were in a situation unlike any they’ve ever known? Fall in love again with the Walking Dead series with this new story. Check it out on February 25 at 9 p.m.
Starring: Danai Gurira

There are so many great shows coming up this water. Break away from Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to check out a new show. Whether airing on Fox or streaming on AMC, these TV shows are a hit!

Did we miss your favorite Black TV Show? Please let us know what Black TV shows we missed in the comments or at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

Written by: Jaylyn Nurredin

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