Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • 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
  • Jaleel White

Martin Payne (Martin Lawrence) in Martin

When he made his prime-time debut in 1992, Martin Lawrence stole the thunder right out of Must See TV. Viewers hooked on Seinfeld and Friends flocked to his self-titled sitcom and it remained Fox's highest-rated show during its run. Martin's brash attitude may have annoyed his girl and her friends, but it turned him into a household name practically overnight.

(Photo: Courtesy Fox)

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