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2022 NAACP Image Awards: See Why These Shows Deserve Their Nomination For 'Outstanding Comedy Series'

Which one of these shows kept you laughing all last year?

Laughter is often the best remedy, and these shows carried us through months of boredom and uncertainty. They will now be recognized for those efforts during the 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards slated to take place on Saturday, February 26.

The celebration of Black excellence will be hosted by longtime presenter, actor, comedian, and NAACP winner Anthony Anderson and legendary rapper MC Lyte will serve as the announcer for the evening. As we prepare for another night of distinguished achievements and honors, check out the shows in the running for “Outstanding Comedy Series.”

  • black-ish

    Kenya Barris’ take on his own family portrayed by longtime NAACP Image Awards host Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin, and more on the ABC sitcom Black-ish has had audience members laughing since 2014. The show’s longevity and popularity may be due to its unique way of tackling some of the most prominent and even controversial issues within the Black community.

  • Harlem

    Writer Tracy Oliver presents a new comedy which follows four ambitious and extremely stylish best friends, Camille, Tye, Quinn, and Angie, a rising star professor struggling to make space for her love life; a savvy tech entrepreneur always dating someone new; a no-filter singer; and a hopeless romantic fashion designer as they  navigate their relationships and careers, and this thing we call life set in the Black Mecca of the world, Harlem, NY. The Amazon series stars Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, Jerrie Johnson, and Tyler Lepley

  • Insecure

    The Award-winning HBO series from Issa Rae allowed viewers to see themselves in the characters they loved for the last five years. The show’s ability to address adulting, relationships, and life’s curveballs all while making us laugh and sometimes not feel bad about our own issues, is why this show deserves to be nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Series.”

  • Run the World

    We’re all for seeing ourselves in the entertainment that we watch, and if you are down to see a group of vibrant, fiercely loyal female best friends take on the big city as they work hard and play harder, Run The World is for you. However, it’s not just another show with a dope soundtrack and lavish attire. Writer Leigh Davenport is intentional in displaying the success of Black women and pushing the image of doing it together.

  • The Upshaws

    Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes are the dynamic comedic trio viewers didn’t know they needed. The laughs are plenty in this Netflix series which follows as Bennie, Regina, and Lucretia, played by Epps, Fields, and Sykes, respectively, who try and raise their working-class family in Indiana with little to no prior knowledge of their own.

    Watch the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8/9c.

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