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Best TV shows with Black actors in 2021 that provide suspense, thriller, drama, and comedy all before bedtime.


What are the most popular TV Shows with Black Actors in 2021?

Which Black shows on Hulu are the best?

What networks have TV Shows with Black actors?


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.

Whether they’re in the first season or the final season, 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. Did you miss the episode when it aired? Many of the television shows can be watched on streaming services, so binge on.

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


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Drama TV Shows with Black Actors:


All American
The CW
Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High, but when coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince him it’s an opportunity he must seize. Season 4 premieres on October 25, 2021.
Past episodes are available on Netflix, HULU, and YouTube TV.


A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon.
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.


Keeping Up with the Joneses
For generations, the wealthy Jones family has dominated life in and around the seaside town of Pacific Hills.


Movies to see in theaters with Black Actors


The Oval
Newly elected U.S. President Hunter Franklin and his family move into the White House.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video, HULU, and YouTube.


Motherland: Fort Salem
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 as they fight terrorist threats with supernatural tactics.
Past episodes are available on Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.


One of Us Is Lying
Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel, ONE OF US IS LYING is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Streaming on Peacock starting October 7th, 2021.


Four women in their 40s reunite for a chance to recapture their fame. These ’90s hip-hop Queens are coming to take back their crowns. Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy are coming to ABC in the new drama, Queens.
The series premiere airs October 19th @ 10 p.m. on ABC network.



Comedy TV Shows with Black Actors: 


Random Acts of Flyness
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. Season 2 premieres on September 4, 2021.
Past episodes are available on HULU and Amazon Prime Video.


The Neighborhood
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.


Sistas follows a group of single black women as they navigate the difficulties of modern life, which includes careers, friendships, romances, and even social media.
Past episodes are available on HULU and YouTube TV.



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Crime TV Shows with Black Actors:


Godfather of Harlem
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 part 2 premieres on August 8, 2021.
Past episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video and VUDU.



Music TV Shows with Black Actors:


American Soul
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 TV Shows with Black Actors:


The comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women in a unique, authentic way. It features the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience. Season 5 is coming in late 2021.
Past episodes are available on HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.


Now might be the time to cut cable and stream your TV series.  



Did we miss your favorite Black TV Show? If there are any Black television series 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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