Black TV Classics to Watch as a Family

From Will Smith to Queen Latifah, many celebrities we know and love today launched their careers by starring in a TV series. Below you'll find the best throwback picks that feature Black families and stories from the '70s to the '00s currently available to stream or buy. Whether you want to share a piece of your childhood with your kids or you're looking to catch up on the classics, the whole family can enjoy these shows that will make you laugh, cry, or both! When you're done here, check out our other lists that feature strong Black representation: TV Shows with Black Leads and Great Movies with Black Characters.

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Little Bill

age 4+

Little Bill knows a whole lot about love & laughs.

Network: Nick Jr. (1999)
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Class of 3000

age 6+

OutKast star inspires music students in fun 'toon.

Network: Cartoon Network (2006)
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Webster

age 6+

Endearing '80s sitcom celebrates family, embracing change.

Network: ABC (1983)
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The Cosby Show

age 7+

Classic family sitcom offers fun with its lessons.

Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated, TBS (1984)
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The Proud Family

age 7+

Relatable stories, good role models, zany comedy.

Network: ABC (2001)
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Family Matters

age 8+

Urkel and company still offer lots of family fun.

Network: Freeform, Nickelodeon, Syndicated (1989)
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Kenan & Kel

age 8+

Mischievous adventures of two teens is all about the laughs.

Network: Nickelodeon (1996)
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That's So Raven

age 8+

Clairvoyant teen will have kids seeing Raven!

Network: Disney Channel (2003)
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Sister, Sister

age 9+

Separated twins reunite as teens -- tweens OK.

Network: Disney Channel (1994)
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Good Times

age 10+

Dy-no-mite '70s sitcom with a social message.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1974)
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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper

age 10+

Hanging out with this gang is good family fun.

Network: Syndicated (1992)
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In the House

age 10+

Sexist jokes kinda cringey despite A+ Black representation.

Network: HBO Max (1995)
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Martin

age 10+

Iconic 1990s show features mild sex, violence.

Network: Fox (1992)
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The Parent 'Hood

age 10+

Fun '90s family comedy is fine for tweens.

Network: Syndicated, TBS (1995)
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Sanford and Son

age 10+

70s classic offers laughs -- and stereotypes.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1972)
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All of Us

age 11+

Sweet sitcom families can watch together.

Network: CW (2003)
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

age 11+

Good-natured sitcom that the family can enjoy together.

Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated, TeenNick (1990)
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The Jeffersons

age 11+

Barrier-breaking sitcom mixes humor, stereotypes.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1975)
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The Bernie Mac Show

age 12+

Family sitcom with grouchy, lovable dad is funny, creative.

Network: Fox (2001)
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A Different World

age 12+

Cosby Show spin-off showcases college life.

Network: Nickelodeon, Oxygen (1987)
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