Has anyone realized that all of our favorite Black T.V shows have gone from a lengthy list to basic non-existence? In fact there are no longer any predominantly minority/ full black casting TV shows left.
On the one hand, broadcast networks have endeavored to increase the showing of a variety of races. Television made an interesting ironic twist of losing shows American millennial families huddled around their living room sets that they grew up watching.
Shows such as “The Cosby Show,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “A Different World,” “Family Matters,” “Martin,” “Living Single,” “The Hughleys,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Everybody Hates Chris” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford & Son,” “Good Times,” “Sister, Sister,” “Smart Guy” … the list goes on and on.
30 years ago, there was an abundance of Afro-American focus in family culture, even when America was less inclined to be more diverse everywhere else— now the idea has somehow switched.
The focus on black family values was a television genre in it of itself, but it’s been traded in for those one lead character roles.
We are looking at a swap, a trade-off.
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“Black people are starved for shows which not only feature lots of black actors but that put black culture front and center in a way they enjoy,” veteran TV critic Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, told TheWrap.
Is there anyone else wondering if TV will ever again broaden the scope of family shows the way it used to be?