While Black stories and creators face disproportionate barriers and a lack of representation in the television industry, many brilliant Black-led series can be found on streaming platforms right now. For Black History Month and beyond, Variety has you covered with 10 great shows from Black creators, so you can revisit old classics and view new fan-favorites across Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and Peacock.
For a dose of classic aughts comedies, opt for the hit series “Girlfriends,” which solidified star Tracee Ellis Ross as a household name. Made by and for Black women, the eight-season show follows four girlfriends — a money-driven realtor, a junior lawyer at a white-shoe law firm, her secretary and an aimless free-spirit who mooches off the other three — as they navigate friendship, relationship and career challenges. And if you’re looking for an animated fare, choose acclaimed satirical sitcom “The Boondocks,” which delves into Black cultural and mainstream societal critiques.
But if you’re in the mood for drama with a hint of real-world humor and joy, “I May Destroy You,” from Michaela Coel, and “Pose,” about the ballroom scene in 1980s New York, offer complex and nuanced depictions of the Black experience. And for a dose of historical fantasy, stream Golden Globe and SAG-nominated “Lovecraft Country,” starring Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors.
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