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


Most popular Black TV shows in 2020

Black series to watch on Hulu. 

TV Shows with Black actors.

When Queen Sugar, Greenleaf, Insecure and Black-ish come back on


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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!


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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 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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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.


Married to Medicine LA Season 2
Bravo – Sundays at 9 p.m.
L.A. doctors and the wives of L.A. doctors take on the challenge of friendships, marriages and giving back to the community.


HBO – Sundays at 10 p.m.
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.


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.


The Last O.G.
TBS – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.
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.


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, follows three young women (Demetria McKinney) as they fight terrorist threats with supernatural tactics.


The Oval
BET – Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
In Tyler Perry’s new drama, a seemingly perfect interracial first family becomes the White House’s newest residents. But behind closed doors, they unleash a torrent of lies, cheating and corruption.


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 back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself.


On-Demand/Streaming Shows
Basketball County: In the Water
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.

In The Long Run
Starring Idris Elba the Easmon family living in London in 1985 sees their quiet life disrupted when their relative from Sierra Leone moves in.


The Clark Sisters
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.


High Fidelity
A record store owner (Zoe Kravitz) revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love.


Little Fires Everywhere
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.


Mrs. America
A series about the women’s movement of the 1970s. It focuses on the choice to enjoy or be regulated to a life of domesticity or to escape the expected role of wife and mother and explore any and all options open to free and equal citizens.



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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.


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.


The Banker
Apple TV+
Based on the true story of how successful Black businessman Bernard S. Garrett Sr. (Anthony Mackey), supported and encouraged by his wife Eunice (Nia Long), partnered with Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) to buy banks in the mid-1950s by getting white men to be the face of their business dealings.


The High Note
May 29
A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers. This movie features Tracee Ellis Ross. Click the link to see how you can watch it at home.


Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It
HBO – June 6 at 10 p.m.
Insecure’s Yvonne Orji brings her razor-sharp wit and confidence to the stage poking fun at her unique journey from pre-med to comedy.


I May Destroy You
HBO – June 7 at 10 p.m.
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.


The Chi Season 3
Showtime – June 21 at 9 p.m.
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 simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.


OWN – June 2020
Struggling to save the church or her son, Grace has some hard to decisions to make as her family continues to look to her as the leader.


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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