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2016 was definitely a great year when it comes to Black women’s visibility in television!

From scripted dramas such as Empire and Queen Sugar to hilarious comedies such as Insecure and black-ish to reality shows such as RHOA, on any given night, African-American women can turn on the TV and see a range of portrayals of ourselves. But what are the shows that we just can’t miss each week?

According to a Nielsen’s “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic” report, these were our top 20 programs from 2016:

 

The Top 20 TV Shows Black Women Watch (And Love) was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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#BlackGirlMagic On The Small Screen

2016 was definitely a great year when it comes to Black women’s visibility in television!

From scripted dramas such as Empire and Queen Sugar to hilarious comedies such as Insecure and blackish to reality shows such as RHOA, on any given night, African-American women can turn on the TV and see a range of portrayals of ourselves. But what are the shows that we just can’t miss each week? 

According to a Nielsen’s “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic” report, these were our top 20 programs from 2016:

2. #1: “Empire” (FOX)

#1: “Empire” (FOX)

No one can get enough Cookie & company!

3. #2: “The New Edition Story” (BET)

#2: “The New Edition Story” (BET)

We flocked to this BET hit miniseries about our beloved boy band.

4. #3: “Star” (FOX)

#3: “Star” (FOX)

Stars have definitely been born on Lee Daniels’ American musical drama!

5. #4: “The Haves And The Have Nots” (OWN)

#4: “The Haves And The Have Nots” (OWN)

Tika Sumpter slays in this soap every season!

6. #5: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1)

#5: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1)

When it comes to the real drama, ATL does it the best!

7. #6: “Scandal” (ABC)

#6: “Scandal” (ABC)

Olivia Pope stays handling it every TGIT!

8. #7: “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

#7: “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Ava DuVernay’s gripping family drama is nothing short of perfection.

9. #8: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

#8: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Viola Davis’ nuanced portrayal of Annalise Keating gives us chills every Thursday.

10. #9: “Love And Hip Hop” (VH1)

#9: “Love And Hip Hop” (VH1)

We will forever be grateful to this show for changing our lives by introducing us to Cardi B.

11. #10 “If Loving You Is Wrong”

Folks really do love their Tyler Perry soaps!

12. #11: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

#11: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

One word: Phaedra.

13. #12: “Love And Hip Hop: Hollywood” (VH1)

#12: “Love And Hip Hop: Hollywood” (VH1)

This Tinseltown spin-off is just as juicy and ridiculous as the original!

14. #13: “Greenleaf” (OWN)

#13: “Greenleaf” (OWN)

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from this powerful megachurch melodrama.

15. #14: “FOX NFL Sunday” (FOX)

#14: “FOX NFL Sunday” (FOX)

Hey, even the sistas love a little gridiron on Sundays!

16. #15: “Basketball Wives” (VH1)

#15: “Basketball Wives” (VH1)

These ladies definitely love to lunch and talk about each other and fight!

17. #16: “Shots Fired” (FOX)

#16: “Shots Fired” (FOX)

Sanaa Lathan, Aisha Hinds and Stephan James gave us our entire life in

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s engrossing cop drama.

18. #17: “Power” (STARZ)

#17: “Power” (STARZ)

With all this show’s twists and turns and character kill-offs, it’s no wonder we’re glues to the boob tube on Sunday nights!

19. #18: “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)

#18: “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)

Keesha Sharpe and Damon Wayans shine in this buddy cop comedy-drama.

20. #19: T.I. And Tiny (VH1)

#19: T.I. And Tiny (VH1)

With the on-again-off again couple reconciling (again), we wonder if there will be a season 7?

21. #20: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” Specials

#20: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” Specials

Folks just these 4-part reunions!

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