Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters
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.