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Since television’s inception, African-Americans have been woefully underrepresented. Nevertheless, some shows have been able to break through and find a loyal black audience. Several others crossed over and became influential successes with viewers regardless of race. These sitcoms have had a big impact on pop culture and the black community.

 

20) Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper

ABC (1992-1997)

Starring the fun, loving Mark Curry and lovely Holly Robinson, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper was an immediate hit among viewers during the 1990s. Set in Oakland, California, the sitcom lasted five straight seasons and centered around Mark Cooper, a former NBA player-turned-substitute teacher who lived with two strong-willed women—his childhood friend and his future wife—both of whom eventually taught Mr. Cooper how to lose his player ways.

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