Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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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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