The Cosby Show brought a new light to how Black family life was portrayed on the small screen. Cliff, Claire, and the gang broke barriers, crushed stereotypes and proved to the American audience that there was much more to the African-American family than what was previously seen on television.
The Jeffersons helped change the face of television in America in the 1970s—from their deluxe apartment in the sky.
Based on two parents who had their first son while they were still teenagers, My Wife and Kids gave viewers a more modern take on the African-American family in the new millennium.
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne showed us all the fun and chaos that comes about when a multi-generational family lives under one roof.
Wednesday at 9:30pm ET Black-ish will add its take on the African-American family to the mix as we follow the Johnson’s — a family struggling to keep their cultural identity in a predominately white neighborhood. Here’s to hoping it’s a classic!