As the entertainment industry evolves, streaming platforms like Netflix have become a go-to destination for viewers seeking diverse and engaging programming. From drama to comedy to sci-fi, there’s no shortage of quality content for viewers of all backgrounds and interests.
For black audiences, Netflix offers many series that celebrate black culture, history, and experiences. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best black series on Netflix in 2023, highlighting the stories, characters, and themes that make these shows must-watch TV for anyone looking for authentic and compelling storytelling.
1. All American
The show is inspired by the true story of former NFL player Spencer Paysinger and follows a young football player from South Los Angeles who is recruited to play for a high school in Beverly Hills. The series explores themes of race, class, and identity, and has been praised for its diverse cast and complex characters.
2. Godfather of Harlem
The show is set in the 1960s and follows infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (played by Forest Whitaker) as he returns to Harlem after a decade in prison and tries to regain control of the neighborhood from the Italian mob. The series explores themes of race, power, and loyalty, and features a talented ensemble cast.
3. Run the World
The show follows a group of four black women who are best friends and are navigating their careers, relationships, and personal lives in New York City. The series has been praised for its diverse and talented cast, its realistic portrayal of modern black women, and its sharp writing.
4. The Black Hamptons
The show is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and follows Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams), a retired superhero who is forced to return to his vigilante ways to protect his community from a gang known as The 100. The series explores themes of family, community, and social justice, and has been praised for its powerful performances and its commitment to telling meaningful stories.
The show stars comedian Lil Rel Howery as a recently divorced father trying to rebuild his life and his relationships with his family and friends in Chicago. The series has been praised for Howery’s performance and for its witty writing and relatable characters.
6. Black Lightning
The show is created by Steven Soderbergh and follows a group of wealthy black families who summer in the Hamptons and navigate issues of race, class, and identity. The series promises to be a provocative and timely exploration of contemporary black culture and the complexities of social status.
7. The Underground Railroad
The series has been widely acclaimed for its powerful storytelling, exceptional performances, and stunning visuals. It has been praised for its unflinching portrayal of the horrors of slavery while also exploring themes of hope, resilience, and the enduring human spirit. “The Underground Railroad” features a talented cast that includes Mbedu, Joel Edgerton, and William Jackson Harper, among others. The series is a powerful and moving tribute to the courage and determination of those who fought for freedom and a reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America.
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