10 TV Shows With Black Leads That You Need To Be Watching Right Now

More than ever, actors and acctresses of different backgrounds and ethnicities are getting cast in lead roles. Here are some top picks for shows that you should be watching right this second, all with strong Black leads. 

  1. 1. Dear White People 

    This Netflix series based on the movie Dear White People is a must watch not only for addressing hard-hitting issues related to race but also exceptional acting and storytelling. Through the perspective of a Black student group at the private predominantly white school, Winchester Univerisity, this show portrays different issues people of color face on a daily basis. It also showcases different issues related to cultural bias and social injustice as well as highlighting how politics plays a part in racial injustice. Season 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix and Season 3 will be released later this year.

  2. 2. Insecure

    Season 4 of this wildy succesful show is releasing this year and viewers could not be more excited. Insecure is a show about grown women that do not always fit the stereotype of strong and confident Black women. The two main characters Issa Dee played by Issa Rae and Molly Carter played by Yvonne Orji each have their own relatable insecurities which makes this comedy series so fun to watch. Keep an eye out for the release of Insecure Season 4 on HBO this year.

  3. 3. Black-ish

    Black-ish is on its 5th season this year and the show is as great as ever. Black-ish is about a Black family living in a nice neighborhood due to the success of Dre Johnson's, played by Anthony Anderson, great job as an advertising executive in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. This show tells the story of Dre and how he still wants his children to have a sense of their cultural identity. Each episode of Black-ish is only about 30 minutes long which makes it perfect to watch during a study break or even when you are just chilling at home. You can watch all seasons of Black-ish on Hulu. 

  4. 4. The Bold Type 

    This is the perfect show for anyone who has dreams of working for a magazine in New York City, whether it be in the fashion department, as an editor, or the public relations manager. The Bold Type is about three girls trying to make it in the competitive job market. Aisha Dee plays Kat Edison, the first Black social media manager of Scarlett magazine. This show tackles various real-life topics about race, sexually, and woman's issues. Season 3 is premiering on Freeform in April. 

  5. 5. Star 

    Star is a musical television series about three girls trying to make it in the music industry. The show is set in Atlanta, GA and follows the girl's journey to find their place is in this very high-intensity city. This show is not only enjoyable for the storyline all about following your dreams but also for the amazing music featured in the series. You can watch the most recent season of Star on Fox.com.

  6. 6. How to Get Away with Murder

    Annalise Keating played by Viola Davis is a criminal defense attorney who teaches a college class about how to get away with murder. Annalise and five of her students work together on different murder cases at her law firm. While working on the cases, they get entangled in a murder plot and have to figure out how to get out of it. How to Get Away with Murder is available on Netflix. Watch the current season Thursdays on ABC. 

  7. 7. All American

    Spencer James played by Daniel Ezra is a star football player at his high school and his skills are not only recognized by his teammates but also a coach from a school in Beverly Hills. Spencer is recruited and moves to Beverly Hills to live with the coach and his family. Coach Billy's, Taye Diggs, son, Jordan, played by Michael Evans Behling, is the star quarterback and has a hard time adjusting to living and playing with Spencer. All American is a show about getting over challenges and true friendship. Watch it Wednesdays on the CW. 

  8. 8. Grown-ish 

    This spin-off of the show Black-ish is hilarious and fun. The Johnson's daughter, Zoey, played by Yara Shahidi is finally moving out and she is headed to college. The show is about the challenges that go along with becoming a real adult and navigating life when you are not sure what is next. Watch Grown-ish Wednesdays on Freeform. 

  9. 9. Free Rein 

    Jaylen Barron plays Zoe Phillips, a girl who moves to her mother's childhood home on an island near England. Zoe runs into a horse and since then she has been on a crazy adventure solving mysteries and riding horses along the way. This show is insanely cute and perfect to watch when you want to get make to your childhood roots of adventure and young love. Stream Free Rein on Netflix.

  10. 10. Orange Is the New Black

    Orange Is the New Black has a very diverse cast of women—from Uzo Aduba, who won an Emmy Award in 2015 and Danielle Brooks. OITNB is available to stream on Netflix. 

There are so many shows out now with Black leads that are each relatable in their own way. No matter where you come from or how old you are you can probably enjoy any one of these shows. If you need a show that is going to educate about racial injustices than watch Dear White People. If you want to watch something to get you motivated to pursue your dream job than watch The Bold Type. If you need a good laugh then watch Black-ish. Happy watching!