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Best TV shows with Black actors in 2020 that provide suspense, thriller, drama, and comedy all before bedtime.

 

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Do you find yourself asking what is a good TV series to watch with Black actors? Well, this list will allow you to tune into multiple Black shows every night of the week. You won’t lose track! These African American TV shows will make you laugh, cry and become a detective while you solve crimes. Your friends are watching these popular shows, so don’t be out of the loop!

Below are current TV shows with 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.  

 

DRAMA:

Queen Sugar
OWN Network
Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father – an 800-acre sugar cane farm.
Season 5 is coming in 2021. Past episodes are available on HULU, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, and TVNZ.

 

Atlanta
FX on HULU
Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way, they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Claws
TNT
A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon
Season 4 is coming on June 6th, 2021. Past episodes are available on HULU and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Empire
FOX
A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million-dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
Past episodes are available on HULU and Amazon Prime Video.

 

David Makes Man
OWN Network
A young prodigy living in Florida looks for a way out of his poor neighborhood.
Past episodes are available on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and FUBOTV.

 

All Rise
CBS
A look at the personal and professional lives of the judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs, and cops who work at an L.A. County courthouse
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Oval
BET
Newly-elected U.S. President Hunter Franklin and his family move into the White House.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video, Xfinity Streams, and JustWatch.

 

Cherish the Day
OWN
“Cherish the Day” chronicles the passionate 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.
Past episodes are available on YouTube, Google Play, and Apple TV.

 

The Long Song
PBS
An adaptation of the award-winning novel by Andrea Levy. Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, following the trials, tribulations, and survival of July and her odious mistress Caroline on a sugar plantation.
Past episodes are available on YouTubeTV, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV.

 

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Motherland: Fort Salem
Freeform – Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution by cutting a deal with the government to fight for the country, it follows three young women (Demetria McKinney) as they fight terrorist threats with supernatural tactics.
Past episodes are available on Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

 

Council of Dads
NBC – Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as backup dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself.
Past episodes are available on YouTube, Google Play, and Apple TV.

 

Little Fires Everywhere
Hulu
An enigmatic mother (Kerry Washington) and daughter upend their lives and explore the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Past episodes are available on Apple TV.

 

Mrs. America
Hulu
A series about the women’s movement of the 1970s that focuses on the choice to enjoy or be regulated to a life of domesticity or escape the expected role of wife and mother and explores any options open to free and equal citizens.
Past episodes are available on YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV.

 

I May Destroy You
HBO
Set in London, Arabella (Michaela Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.
Past episodes are available on Hulu, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Chi Season 3
Showtime
On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work and young adults trying to make a living. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the most straightforward decisions can have life or death consequences.

 

COMEDY: 

Black-ish
ABC
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
New episodes are coming Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Past episodes are available on HULU, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube TV.

 

Grown-ish
ABC
A spinoff of ABC’s “Black-ish,” Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way.
Season 4 is coming in 2021. Past episodes are available on HULU, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV and FreeForm.

 

Random Acts of Flyness
HBO Max
Late-night series from artist Terence Nance featuring a mix of verité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama, and humorous animation as a stream-of-consciousness response to the contemporary American mediascape.
Past episodes are available on HULU and Amazon Prime Video.

 

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Black Monday
Showtime
A group of outsiders takes on the 1980s old-boys club of Wall Street.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video, HULU, Showtime, and Decider.

 

A Black Lady Sketch Show
HBO
A narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests.
Past episodes are available on HULU, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Neighborhood
CBS
A friendly guy from the Midwest tries to fit in at a tough L.A. neighborhood.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and Decider.

 

Woke
HULU
Keef is an African American cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes his life.
Past episodes are available on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video.

 

Twenties
BET
Hattie, a queer African American woman, hangs out with her two straight best friends as they all try to make their dreams come true.
Past episodes are available on YouTube, Google Play, and Apple TV.

 

Kenan
NBC
A recently widowed dad tries to raise his kids with his persistent father-in-law.
Past episodes are available on Peacock, HULU, and YouTube TV.

 

The Last O.G.
TBS – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.
An ex-con (Tracy Morgan) is rebuilding his life with his family and his business since he has been released. His former girlfriend (Tiffany Haddish) works hard to keep the family in line through his antics.
Past episodes are available on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

 

In The Long Run
Starz
Starring Idris Elba, the Easmon family living in London in 1985 sees their quiet life disrupted when their relative from Sierra Leone moves in.
Past episodes are available on Hulu, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

High Fidelity
Hulu
A record store owner (Zoe Kravitz) revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love.
Past episodes are available on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

 

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FANTASY:

Lovecraft Country
HBO
A young African American travel across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and HULU.

 

CRIME:

Godfather of Harlem
Epix
A gangster named Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s. A TV prequel to the 2007 film, ‘American Gangster,’ which centered on the criminal enterprise of Frank Lucas.
Season 2 coming in March of 2021, and past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and VUDU.

 

Snowfall
FX on HULU
A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s.
Season 4 is coming soon in 2021. Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and VUDU.

 

For Life
ABC
A prisoner becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.
New episodes will be released on Wednesdays on ABC. Past episodes are available on HULU, CTV, and YouTube TV.

 

Power Book II: Ghost
Starz
The journey of some of Power’s most controversial characters.
Past episodes are available on Starz, HULU, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Equalizer
CBS
An enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

 

MUSIC:

American Soul
BET
The story of entrepreneur Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train show, rose to prominence in the 1970s.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video, CBS, and Decider.

 

ROMANCE:

Boomerang
BET
Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, this new series will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Insecure
HBO
Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African American woman.
Past episodes are available on HULU, Amazon Prime Video, and Decider.

 

REALITY-TV:

Real Housewives of Atlanta
BravoTV
A reality television series focused on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
New episodes are starting on December 6. Past episodes are available on HULU, Peacock, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

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Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
WETV
The offspring of some of the biggest hip-hop moguls come together in Atlanta, showing off their skills and trying to make a name for themselves.
New episodes are coming in May 2021. Past episodes are available on YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

She’s the Boss
USA
Nicole Walters and her husband open their home and hearts to three sisters in need and learn to balance work and family, laughter and love.
Past episodes are available on HULU, YouTube TV, and Sling TV.

 

Married to Medicine LA Season 2
Bravo – Sundays at 9 p.m.
L.A. doctors and their wives take on the challenge of friendships, marriages, and giving back to the community.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and NBC.

 

To Catch A Beautician
Vh1 – May 25 at 9 p.m.
Tamar Braxton and Johnny Wright help clients confront the stylist who wrecked their strands and their scalps.
Past episodes are available on YouTube, Google Play, and Apple TV.

 

Legendary
HBO Max
Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka “houses”) must compete in unbelievable balls. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ, as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Past episodes are available on YouTube TV.

 

DOCUMENTARY:

The United States vs. Billie Holiday
HULU
Follows Holiday during her career at the Federal Department of Narcotics targets her with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher. She had a tumultuous affair.

 

Genius: Aretha
National Geographic
The life stories of history’s greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years, we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.
Movie is available on Hulu, YouTube, and Apple TV.

 

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
PBS
Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates, Jr., hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines “the DNA of American culture” through an extensive discovery of today’s celebrities’ ancestors.
Past listings are available on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Hip Hop Uncovered
HULU
The power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip hop.
Past episodes are available on YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have It All
Lifetime
An in-depth look at the parallel lives of renowned singer Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

 

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
The documentary is available on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and YouTube.

 

All In: Fight for Democracy
Amazon Prime Video
With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into the laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know are a threat to their fundamental rights as a citizen of the U.S.

 

Basketball County: In the Water
Showtime
A documentary that tells the story of Prince George’s County, Maryland, and its social, economic, and cultural evolution through the lens of some of basketball’s biggest stars, including Devin Durant, Victor Oladipo, and Quinn Cook
Past episodes are available on Sling TV, Fubo TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Lifetime
The story of the New Orleans-born crooner who began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement.
The movie is available on Hulu and Vudu.

 

The Clark Sisters
Lifetime
Recounts the story of the highest-selling female gospel group in history and how they overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, enduring abuse, loss, rejection, betrayal, and sibling rivalries to achieve international fame as icons of the gospel music industry.
The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video and Vudu.

 

 

If there are any Black TV shows with Black actors 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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  1. “Craig Ross Jr’s MONOGAMY”
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