Diversity is the USP of the current entertainment scene. But until recently, we had not seen many new additions in the genre of African-American dramas. However, this genre, which mostly explores themes such as strong family bonds, racial issues and complex human relationships, is now steadily making its way up the ranking ladder. Giving us a glimpse into the African-American culture, their socio-economic conditions and lifestyles, black programs cover a wide range of subjects and genres, such as sitcoms, classic reboots, superhero shows, and family dramas, just to mention a few. Since the breakthrough ‘The Cosby Show’, African American series have come a long way and if you’re looking to explore this very interesting genre, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of really good African American shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
12. Greenleaf (2016-)
‘Greenleaf‘, created by Craig Wright and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, is a drama that debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 21, 2016. The plot revolves around the Greenleaf family, which runs the expansive empire of the Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. Outwardly, the members appear to be loving and caring towards each other; but deep within, the clan houses several scandalous secrets, including lies, betrayals, sibling rivalries, adultery, and greed. When Grace, the estranged daughter of James Greenleaf, returns home after two decades following her sister Faith’s mysterious death, she slowly starts unraveling the darkest truths about her family. The show’s leading characters are the patriarch Bishop James Greenleaf, matriarch Lady Mae Greenleaf, and Grace Greenleaf.
11. Black Lightning (2018-)
‘Black Lightning’, developed by Salim Akil, premiered on CW in 2018. The central plot revolves around the superhero character of the same name from the DC Universe. The protagonist is played by Cress Williams and other actors who star in the series include China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, and Jordan Calloway. The show chronicles the life of Black Lighting, his heroics, and the consequent affects on his family. He returns to his responsibilities as a vigilante after nine years, after a local gang called the 100 cause increased levels of crime and corruption in his city.
10. Dear White People (2017-)