It’s no secret that modern day sitcoms are not my cup of tea. Originally, I even thought that sitcoms in general weren’t my go-to genre when picking out something to watch. But when I was searching 1990s sitcoms I came across an article that highlighted the 25 best Black sitcoms of all time. As I was reading the article I realized that I loved a good portion of these shows, and most of them happened to be on air in the 90s.
From Moesha to Fresh Prince to Martin, Black television seemed to be producing hit after hit in the 1990s. Of course I was too young to really appreciate it at the time but looking back there was a significant presence of Black culture on television screens across the country. It makes me wonder if we will ever see this again, specifically in the genre of sitcoms.
Even though I am no expert on the current climate of television sitcoms, I am pretty confident in saying that there is not an overwhelming presence of Black people. Of course we have Blackish but it seems as though networks are focusing more on incorporating more minorities than focusing on a particular group and telling their stories from different perspectives. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with this it’s just interesting to observe.
I feel as though now networks are more interested in seeing African Americans on television dramas, case in point Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. Perhaps since there were so many Black sitcoms in there previous decades networks are weary of recycling an old concept. Or maybe it is just time to make way for a new golden era for Black actors. Because after all it is tragic to mess with something that was never broken in the first place.
Sister, Sister (1994-1999).