After the beginning of a resurgence in the 80s, classic 90s black TV shows kept America laughing throughout the decade. And they still do today!
You can watch many classic 90’s TV shows on the streaming services of the present and relive the magic of 1990s! These sitcoms masterfully blend humor, culture, and heartfelt moments that reflect diverse aspects of African-American life and culture.
“Living Single” is about six young African-American friends as they journey through life in Brooklyn. The show is centered around Queen Latifah’s character, Khadijah. Join these young women as they go through new life experiences and topics like independence, camaraderie, and the hustle and bustle of city life. This show draws you in with its humor and authenticity!
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
A classic sitcom starring the infamous Wil Smith, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is a well-loved sitcom with a theme song everyone knows! The show centers around Will Smith, a fun-loving teenager who is sent by his mother to live with his wealthy relatives in upscale Bel-Air. You’ll usually see their quirky neighbor, Steve Urkel, with his catchphrase, “Did I do that?” Expertly weaving humor and socio-economic commentary, the show explores culture clash, family relationships, and how black people experience America.
The Wayans Bros
This 90s Black TV show stars real-life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Their comedic genius and sibling antics keep audiences laughing through the sitcom’s portrayal of work misadventures and family bonds. Based in Harlem, the show explored urban life, relationships, and business virtues with lighthearted comedy and brotherly banter.
In the House
LL Cool J stars as a former football player turned landlord in this sitcom. With lots of humor, his interactions with tenants and family members, unconventional family dynamics, and love are showcased in each episode.
Hanging with Mr. Cooper
Mark Curry is Mr. Cooper, an ex-basketball player who is now a teacher. “Hanging with Mr. Cooper” is full of laughs as he explores professional life as a teacher, friendships, and romantic relationships. With the help of his friends and roommates, Mr. Cooper makes his way through many funny adventures and dilemmas.
Identical twins Tia and Tamera are the center of this sitcom. The twins are separated at birth and unexpectedly reunite as teenagers. “Sister, Sister” showcases their opposite personalities and typical teenage challenges as they live as a united family with adoptive parents. This show’s topics are relatable, has comical characters, and is heartwarming through and through!
“Family Matters” is centered around the Winslow Family as they explore daily life, love, and the well-loved Steve Urkel’s affection for Laura. Urkel is the perfect nerd with a genuine heart. His iconic character is full of funny antics, inventions, and the famous catchphrase, “Did I do that?”
The Steve Harvey Show
Starring Steve Harvey, this show features Steve as a former 1970s funk musician turned high school music teacher. It follows his interactions with fellow teachers, students, and an old band member. The show is full of nostalgia, comedy, and gentle life lessons.
Tahj Mowry is TJ, a 10-year-old genius making his way through high school life. “Smart Guy” showcases TJ excelling academically but encountering comedic challenges surrounding social interactions as a 10-year-old in high school.
Kenan & Kel
“Kenan & Kel” stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell spotlighting the humorous escapades of two mischievous teenagers. This show showcases its quirky humor with catchphrases like “Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda!”
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