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Top Binge-worthy Shows To Watch for Black History Month (and beyond)

Full article can be found here by Rotten Tomatoes.  

{ Curated by Emily O’Connell, Editorial Coordinator } 

For Black History Month, Rotten Tomatoes has rounded the most bingeable Black-led TV and streaming service shows across every genre that tackle all aspects of Black American life – comedy (think HBO’s Insecure), sketch (Comedy Central’s Key and Peele), sitcoms (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), dramas (Netflix’s When They See Us) and award-show standouts (Watchmen).  

While a majority of these shows are mainstream and popular, there’s no time like the present to queue another binge, or even make room on your streaming services for a show you haven’t yet discovered (and will love!) 

While the list dives into 80 of the top shows, we’re going to show you the top twelve (in no particular order).  Let’s not forget that there are other great shows out there, so please be sure to check out the full article above. 

  1. 2 Dope Queens (2018)

Taped before a live audience at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the show features these fun, fearless queens dishing on Cocoa Khaleesis, dating white baes, sex, New York living, which borough has the best pizza and so much more, as well as showcasing some of the ladies’ favorite stand-up comedians.

  1. 227 (1985)

A sitcom about a busybody in a Washington, D.C., tenement, her family and assorted neighbors.

  1. A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019)

A narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. 

  1. Afro Samuri (2007)

Afro Samurai seeks justice for his father’s death in futuristic japan in this animated action series. 

  1. All American (2018)

The series is set in Los Angeles, when a rising high school American football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High.  The wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different backgrounds begin to collide.  

  1. All Rise (2019)

A look at the personal and professional lives of the judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs and cops who work in the L.A. County courthouse. 

  1. America To Me (2018)

A docu-series which follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Parks and River Forest High School over the course of a year. 

  1. Atlanta (2016)

Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene.  Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching race, relationships, poverty, status and parenthood. 

  1. Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (2020)

A never-before-seen look at the killings of at least 30 African American children and young adults that occurred over a two-year period in the Georgia capital. 

  1. Being Mary Jane (2014)

The life of a young black woman, her work, her family and the popular talk show which she hosts starring Gabrielle Union-Wade.

  1. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (2019)

Throughout the history of hip-hop, no single group changed the game the way Wu-Tang Clan did.  The real story of the Clan unfurls here, with never-before-seen footage and interviews recounting the obstacles to stay united.  

  1. Scandal (2012)

A former White House communications director Olivia Pope played by Kerry Washington opens a crisis management firm in this drama based on the work of crisis manager Judy Smith, whose clients have included Monica Lewinsky and Justice Clarence Thomas. 

Did we leave any of your favorites off of the list? Be sure to let us know!