Check out these TV shows with black actors you might not already be watching
October 02, 2015 at 5:30 am
Fall 2015 seems like a pretty dope time to be acting while black — several new series premiering this season feature black actors in lead or supporting roles. Sure we all know about Empire, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, but there are plenty of new shows worth your time and attention. Not sure what to watch? This black TV guide is here to help.
Love Grey’s anatomy? check out these two new medical dramas.
This series chronicles the stressful lives of doctors working in a routinely overcrowded, understaffed Los Angeles emergency room. William Allen Young plays the role of the longest-serving doctor on the ER staff, and you can catch him in action every Wednesday on CBS.
In another high-stakes medical drama, Chicago Med follows doctors through their day-to-day lives working in a trauma center. S. Epatha Merkerson stars as Sharon Goodwin, the head of Chicago Med, while Yaya Dacosta plays nurse April Sexton. You can watch the latest show in the “Chicago” franchise on NBC on November 17.
Are you a crime tv junkie running out of law & order reruns? try these new crime-centered dramas.
If you love sci-fi, crime-fighters, drama and/or Meagan Good, Minority Report is probably for you. Good stars as Detective Lara Vega in this new TV follow-up of the 2002 film of the same name. You can watch her kick ass Mondays on FOX.
This mysterious crime thriller stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Assistant Director of the FBI, Rob Brown as an FBI agent, and Ukweli Roach as a psychologist. Each plays a unique role in unraveling the mysteries of a heavily-tattooed woman who has no memory, but whose tattoos hold clues to solving a crime. It airs every Monday on NBC.
If Blindspot doesn’t completely satisfy your desire for black FBI agents, try watching Hill Harper on CBS’s Limitless. In this film-turned-TV series, Harper and other FBI agents track a young man on a drug that allows him to use his brain to its fullest potential. Catch it Tuesdays on CBS.
This medicine-meets-crime series stars Morris Chestnut as a private pathologist in Miami. Chestnut solves crimes by looking at clues inside people’s bodies every Wednesday on FOX.
Wesley Snipes stars in this Las Vegas thriller where Nevada’s elite bet on an ex-military expert’s ability to prevent crime. Damon Gupton also stars in the series as a detective and close friend of the main character. You can watch the two of them Thursdays on NBC.
want a little melanin with your laughter? here are some new fall comedy series featuring black characters.
Want a show just as scary as it is funny? Look no further. Scream Queens is a horror comedy series that stars Keke Palmer as Kappa Kappa Tau’s genius pledge. The show is centered around a series of murders that surround Palmer’s sorority. You can follow the crimes Tuesdays on FOX.
the daily show
South African comedian Trevor Noah began his run as The Daily Show’s new host on September 28 with Kevin Hart as his first guest. Watch him weeknights on Comedy Central.
Christina Milian stars as the primary love interest in this comedy about a man who discovers he is the father to a son he never knew, and a grandfather to Milian’s adorable 2-year-old. Catch the comedy every Tuesday night on FOX.
In her return to TV this fall, Tisha Campbell-Martin plays receptionist to an ill-mannered Dr. Ken. The sitcom follows Ken, a physician with poor bedside manner, and premieres on ABC on October 2.
truth be told
This is a comedy series where two couples get together to discuss sex, love and race — among other things. Featuring Tone Bell and Bresha Webb in leading roles, tpremieres October 16 on NBC.