Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • Jaleel White
  • Sherman Hemsley/Isabel Sanford
  • Good Times
  • Martin Lawrence
  • The Game
  • Will Smith
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Bill Cosby
  • Danielle Spencer
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Redd Foxx
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Soul Food
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  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis
  • Kerry Washington
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Jussie Smollett
  • Chandra Wilson
  • In Living Color
  • Jasmine Guy/Kadeem Hardison
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jackée Harry

The Cast of Good Times

While it's widely recognized for making history for being the first series to show a Black family from the projects, Good Times will always be remembered for being one of the funniest shows on television — period. The Evanses became role models for Black families rich and poor for years to come. As JJ would say, "Dynomite!"

(Photo: Courtesy CBS)

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