So you’re isolated from society. You have to spend the next few weeks at home with nothing to do but work and loneliness. Well, we got you covered. One thing you can do to pass the time is sitting in front of the TV. However, we know you are trying to figure out what to watch. Well, we got you covered.
Sometimes there are TOO many options, making it hard to actually pinpoint how you are going to spent that time and what shows to focus on. Have no fear. We got you covered.
What follows are 10 Black shows that you MUST watch at some point, and now is the time to either get familiar, finish or revisit. As a little help, we have the perfect places for you to stream them for free.
AND STAY YOUR A$$ AT HOME!
1. Queen Sugar (Seasons 1-4) – This show will have you all in your feels. It’s a drama about a family in Louisiana trying to keep its farm together in the midst of crooked white people and their own familial strifes. With four seasons out, that’s about 40 hours of content. Each episode goes by quickly, too. Just keep a Kleenex nearby. Streaming for free with a HULU subscription.
2. The Proud Family (All Episodes) – This one is for the family, of course. The Proud Family is one of the classic cartoons you grew up on and now it can be available for a new generation. There are just two seasons but each one has about 30 episodes so this may run until kids are back in school in a couple of weeks. Available for free with a Disney+ subscription.
3. The Wire – (5 Seasons) – You know we had to get the best show of all time on this list, right? Right. Yes, David Simon, the show’s creator, is white but this is a Black show. It’s all about being Black in American and an absolute must-see for any Black person. It’s streaming on HBO and Amazon Prime.
4. Power – (5 Seasons) – Power just ended so it’s a perfect time to get familiar. If you want to figure out what everyone on the internet was talking about (and complaining about) every Sunday night, then this is where to go. Want to know about Tommy, Ghost and them? Now is your chance. You can get the first five seasons on Hulu and the whole series if you have Starz.
5. Scandal/How To Get Away With Murder (7 Seasons/5 Seasons) – Want to really lock in for some days? Then you definitely want to get in on Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. With 12 combined seasons of Black woman leads being great and full of drama, this could take up your whole quarantine. The seasons are all on Netflix right now.
6. A Different World – (6 Seasons) – Want a throwback to some of the classics? Well, A Different World is where it’s at. You want to get into a show that will have you thinking back to better times? This is it. All seasons are on Amazon Prime right now.
7. Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood – (4 Seasons) – We know you want some ratchetness in your life. So your best bet is getting it in with Love & Hip-Hop. The first four seasons are there and they are full of drama. Go ahead, we won’t judge you. They’re streaming on Hulu.
8. Black-ish – (5 Seasons) – This is the preeminent Black sitcom on TV right now and one worth watching. Time seems to have moved in super speed because they’re at five seasons already. Wild. All five seasons are currently on Hulu.
9. Empire – (6 Seasons) – We’re sure you watched the first season like most people. We also assume, like most people, you also fell off sometime in the last couple of seasons. Well now you can catch up. The seasons are all on Hulu.
10. Living Single (5 Seasons) – Now we’re talking. Arguably the best Black sitcom of the 90s is out there for the world to see. All five seasons are on Hulu right now, so get familiar or revisit.