Hollywood keeps pushing the needle with Black representation, but so many stories historically have been based in trauma. As crucial as it is to learn the world’s history of discrimination and violence, it’s also critical for audiences to witness stories of Black triumph, survival, and just plain silliness.
Social change can come in many forms, but sometimes joy and existence are a radical act in and of themselves. To celebrate, IndieWire curated a list of TV shows bursting with Black joy. These picks are either currently airing or fairly recent — in case anyone wonders why “Fresh Prince” and “Girlfriends” aren’t getting any love.