Best TV shows by and about Black people
Stacker.com’s list provides a breadth of TV shows. Our favourites are selected and you can check out the entire list here
I May Destroy You
CAST: Michaela Coel
Arabella, a popular young writer who experiences a horrific betrayal, is played by Michaela Coel. The show follows her as she deals with the aftermath of a sexual assault and tries to come to grips with what happened to her and how to move ahead. In 2021, Coel received a BAFTA for Best Actress for her role in “I May Destroy You.”
James St. Patrick played by Omari Hardwick is a notoriously calculating drug dealer in this series. St. Patrick, alias “Ghost,” intends to leave the criminal life behind and pursue a career in business, but a chain of events forces him back into it. The Starz crime series aired for six seasons from 2014 – 2020.
John Singleton’s historical fiction on the rise of the Crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles follows Fraklin Saint, played by Damon Idris as he spirals endlessly into the grip of criminal enterprises and the CIA law enforcement agency.
Key and Peele
CAST: Jordan Peele & Keegan-Michael Key
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key comedic geniuses expertly and lightheartedly challenge the audience to embark on a different perspective on social and economic problems. The sketches are deep and very well thought out often with an undercurrent of reality.
CAST: Donald Glover & Brian Tyree Henry
Earn played by Donald Glover, a young parent living in Atlanta who is attempting to make his way in the world, is the focus of this slice-of-life sitcom. Earn and his cousin Alfred played by Brian Tyree Henry try to figure out how to negotiate Alfred’s budding rap career as “Paper Boi.” The series is a drama-comedy with nuggets of unintended wisdom.
When They See Us
Ava DuVernay explores the true circumstances surrounding the infamous Central Park jogger assault/rape in 1989, a case that resulted in the incarceration of five innocent Black teens for years in this tragic Netflix drama. Those five men, now dubbed the Exonerated Five, had their convictions overturned in 2002, received a multimillion-dollar compensation in 2014, and are now attempting to rebuild their lives.