“Oh Snap! ‘Golden Girls’ Is On!” 15 White Shows That Black Folks Love–Past And Present

December 27, 2012 ‐ By Cecily Michelle

As black Americans, we naturally tend to gravitate toward shows that have casts who look like us, address our issues and live in our communities. Although this is true, we still won’t hesitate to pick up our remotes and flip to the channel hosting our favorite non-black addiction, whether it’s a reality show, sitcom or drama. Here’s a look at a few of those “white shows” that reel us in despite their lack of black and brown characters.

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

Uniquely structured as a narrative, this has to be one of the most memorable sitcoms of the late โ€˜80s and early โ€˜90s. It was hard not to love watching Kevin reminisce on his childhood days with his stern pops, love-struck brother Wayne, and pretty little girlfriend Winnie. Yeah, this one was a favorite for a lot of people, and for good reason with its classic storylines and the fact that it could tackle a tumultuous time in history and find a way to make the lives of people dealing with the changing times comical.

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  • Keekee

    They left out my favorite crazy import, ‘Are You Being Served?’ It used to come on PBS I think…

  • Erica

    How could forget Gabrielle Union?! She acted with Will Smith, Morris Chestnut, and the ever-so-fine Idris Elba in Daddy’s Little Girls (BET will NOT let that movie go). ๐Ÿ™‚

  • who cares

    Here we go again with another stupid topic. White or black who the hell caRes its entertainment. Society annoys the hell out of me

  • keqi77

    So loved the list although I never watched sex in the city, curb your enthusiasm, friends or real housewives of oc. Roseanne is probably my favorite show on the list outside of Entourage because I loved Turtle the blackest white guy ever nothing but jogging suits, jerseys, fitted caps and j’s were his entire wardrobe and smoking weed and playing video games his past time. I do think that you forgot Family Ties who didn’t love Micheal J Fox and Growing Pains Kirk Cameron was the cutest thing.

  • BahamianEmpress

    I liiiiiiiiiiiiive for Golden Girls and Law&Order SVU. When Blanche (Rue McClanahan) died, my friend called me and was like “Girl I just heard! Are you alright?!” Dead.

  • crazychris

    whAT about black shows whites love.

    • When whites love a tv show it stays on the air for more than 1 season…..take your pic from a very long list.

    • Jeff Christianson

      The Cosby show was the best show in the 1980’s.

  • Candacey Doris

    You lost me at Mob Wives. Those reality shows are not something i ever watched more than one episode of. Why not put something good on like King of Queens, Frasier, or How I Met Your Mother?

  • ariesdollface

    Did anyone watch Arrested Development? one of the funniest shows ever to hit television imo!!!

    • scorpioarmylover

      i just caught up on all three seasons on netflix, i was literally in tears the entire time. Gob, Buster & Tobias are idiots! lol

  • Robbie

    Seinfeld?? Should have been tops…

  • Fantastic List! maybe i’m the only one but I was addicted to ‘Will and Grace’ and invested in a collectors DVD set for the entire show lol! especially because of Jack and Karen (a hot lovable mess)! I also liked 90210, Charmed and Seinfeld. New obsessions: The Good Wife, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, and The Office (Dwight Shrute? omg! how crazy is that fool?)

  • umm?

    Modern Family?! and the Office! Am I the only one watching those? Little House on the Prairie, Bewitched. Alias with Jennifer Garner? Although its a game show but the price is right, or the people’s court. I was forced to watch all of these things. what about any of the soaps?

  • IllyPhilly

    Roseanne and Malcolm in the middle imo had tons of situations that I know my Black family could relate to.

  • guest510

    One of the first songs I ever learned was the theme from Married with Children. That show is a classic! So relatable and just hilarious. love Roseanne. Rules of Engagement is good too

    • I’m just getting into Rules of Engagement. It is pretty good.

    • I love rules of engagement. omg patrick warburton is my man.

  • Miss_Understood

    I LIVE for Golden Girls! I have to watch it every night or else I can’t sleep, it reminds me of being with my grandma although she wasn’t white lol

  • rentho

    thats a good list, the list needs: modern family,big bang theory& will and grace

    • Lov3lyLady32

      YES!!!! Will and Grace should be on that list!!!

  • heyheynow

    frasier? love that show
    and everybody loves Raymond is cool too

    • Yes! I LOVE ELR and Frasier. I also loved King of Queens as well.

  • whitley.grant27@gmail.com

    does anyone like Frasier? that’s my ish I love, love, love that show
    every now and then I watch everybody loves raymond

    • TinaChris

      Frasier is my ish!!!! Funny as hell!

    • Tamz

      I STILL watch reruns!! I actually thought Niles and Frasier were brothers in real life for the longest. Lol

    • ariesdollface

      absolutely LOVED Frasier. & i watch Everybody Loves Raymond…great shows

    • Candacey Doris

      Frasier is still one of my favs. No one can do a pompous windbag like Kelsey Grammar. Probably because it’s so close to reality.

  • Also “The Office”. (A show without black women or *attractive* Black men is a “White” show to me haha.) I liked Mindy Kaling and Steve Carell on that show.

    • Lov3lyLady32

      Yes! The Office is very funny! One of my faves until Steve left ๐Ÿ™

  • Loved this list!! Friends is my favorite show! I’ve seen every episode and have every season on DVD but I still laugh every time haha. I never watched SATC until after the 1st movie, but that’s one of my favorite movies. I’d much rather watch Orange County than ATL. Don’t want to see my people acting a fool, but I will watch those rich, catty, botox, implants, hot mess Orange County women all day lol.

    I also loved Gossip Girl and Seinfeld ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MImi

    This list is so on point!!! Some of these shows I still watch till this day. My all time favorite is Rosanne. I could relate to this show so much. Oh yeah Golden Girls.Though this is a good list there are a few shows not on this list….such as Seinfield, Kings of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. These are great shows.

  • Chassie

    Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, How I Met Your Mother, Diagnosis Murder, Golden Girls, wooo

  • Niceman

    How can you forget SEINFELD? The best WHITE show with a constantly all white cast.In my humble opinion one of the best shows ever.

    • Niceman

      comedic show ever***

    • mlw1924

      great show tht I still watch..

      • heyheynow

        I could never get into seinfeld because the guy made some racist comments once

        • Miss_Understood

          I know I don’t watch the re-runs too much because I always think of that…if it’s any consolation, he showed his a s s years AFTER the show had ended

    • That show is the most overrated and boring show to ever hit television. No it is NOT one of the best shows ever. And who puts Friends on here?

      • Niceman


      • Lov3lyLady32

        I was with you until you threw shade on “Friends”. That show is a classic! If you didn’t watch it, sorry to say you missed out on some good laughs!

        • J J

          So true I love friends and still watch re-runs

      • IllyPhilly

        YES indeed!

      • Miss_Understood

        You have to have a certain type of humor to enjoy shows like Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm or Absolutely Fabulous (English show) otherwise it will come off as boring or dry

  • princess courtenay

    i watch these shows daily!!! except boy meets world and the wonder years…..idk what it is…i cant deal with them savage brothers

  • sweet_yams

    King of Queens is a hilarious ” white show”

    • heyheynow

      exactly I watch it every night before I fall asleep and the black best friend good show

    • Just Sayin

      But not totally because Doug’s best friend and coworker Deacon, and his wife and boys, appeared often on the show. But I get it. I love King of Queens. HIGHlarious!

    • guest510

      That’s my show!!! I watch reruns and laugh like they’re new. Arthur is hilarious!

      • Miss_Understood

        Arthur is definitely the funniest on that show, I didn’t realize that lady that has a crush on him (Spence’s mom) is his wife in real life until recently

        • guest510

          Yea and his daughter has also made appearances.

    • Allie

      Still watch that show religiously lol I think I’ve seen every episode they’ve put out but it never gets old to me

    • Suchalady


    • love that show.

  • Jazzy

    I watched every single show on the list!

  • mike from BR

    You forgot I Love Lucy.

  • baddvixentype

    ROSEANNE hands down!!!!

  • TraceFace

    Some of these shows I can’t relate to as “white shows”, like Law & Order. How and when did that become labeled a “white show”? It’s just a good show on TV that reaches many different audiences. But I did love Wonder Years, Married with Children, and Boy Meets World. I never watched Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and any of the “reality” TV shows. Ugh! I never enjoyed or watched Friends! Could not relate at all!

    • MImi

      I agree…I guess they are looking at the main cast is majority white. But the show touches all races. So yeah I wouldn’t categorize it at a “white show”.