Thanks for checking in for another Top 10 Tuesday. This week the list is based off a two things. How it affected our community (socially), and shows I wouldn’t mind watching reruns of. I will tell you right now THE WIRE is not on the top 10 list, so I am already prepared for the backlash (lol). I will also state this, like other lists, are MY personal preferences. Keep in mind I fairly young, so how I respect and understand that shows/artist like Flip Wilson & Richard Pryor paved the way, they were ahead of my time and I haven’t seen all the episodes. That being said, let’s jump right in.
10. Amen –
I remember when this came out, my grandmother and me used to watch it. It came on the scene and portrayed the black church which was something (to my knowledge) that had not been done before. The thing what made it so funny is it captured all the various dramatic personalities of church folk so well. Being raised in the church since birth, it was comical. Deacon Ernest Frye was absolutely hilarious. Or what about Rolly?
9. In Living Color –
Watching reruns, it is not as funny as back in the day. But when it first came out, they were trendsetters and created some of the most memorable characters. Starting the first episode cracking on Tyson set the precedence for the remaining seasons. Or how about Whitney Houston and the rhythmless nation? Or how about the Crystal Waters one? Ha ha he, ha ha ho, I be rich, you be po!
8. Good Times –
My initials are JJ, so that part of the show was not cool…lol. But everyone grew up on this show, and EVERYONE remember Penny burnt by the iron.
7. Eddie Murphy (SNL) –
I personally don’t think Saturday Night Live is that funny, but that stretch with Eddie on it was hilarious. Hot tub, Mr. Robinsons neighborhood & Buckwheat where classics!! Otay.
6. What’s Happening –
Grew up on this show. Had to make the list. Yes, I used to try to do the Re-Run dance when no one was around.
5. The Jeffersons –
Some of these I don’t think needs an explanation.
4. Sanford and Son –
I used to think this show was so funny. When I was younger I found (don’t ask me where), some old Red Foxx comedy tapes. Didn’t know he was such a dirty old man. You old fish eyed fool!
3. Martin –
Some may argue with Martin being so high, but Martin came out in my era, and was hilarious. Guess you love it or hate it.
2. Soul Food –
I can’t say too many shows capture the essence of the black family like this. There were characters you loved to hate, and were annoying, but at the end of the day they were a close knit family. I love how they captured how we (couples) love one another intimately, and how we interact and form family relationships. It was well written, and how I wouldn’t recommend allowing the kids to watch it (because of the sex scenes), it is definitely one to have in your collection.
1. Cosby Show / A Different World –
Ok, this is cheating to list them both, but both these shows were iconic. I remember how we used to reorganize our schedules on Thursdays so that we didn’t miss (because to program a VCR at that time you had to have a engineering degree). This show was so important for our community for what it represented and the role models it presented for many of us from broken homes. Then when they came out with A Different World (spin-off), all I could say was wow. First of all the cast was just beautiful. Second, it showed the black college lifestyle and gave youth from the inner city a visual, or glimpse into a lifestyle many of us had not been exposed to. I actually thought college would be like that. Granted it wasn’t at all, but that’s besides the point. lol. Both these shows permanently etched their way in African-American culture as a positive influence. Hats off to Cos.
227, All of Us, Amen, Benson, Chapelle Show, Eve, Everybody Hates Chris, Family Matters, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Gimme A Break, Hangin with Mr. Cooper, In The House, Living Single, Moesha, My Wife and Kids, NY Undercover, One on One, Roc, The Bernie Mac Show, The Flip Wilson Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Parkers, The Proud Family, The Richard Pryor Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wayans Bros, The Wire, Webster
* Here is an interesting article I just read about entitled – The Demise of the Black Sitcom. Check it out.