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2016 was definitely a great year when it comes to Black women’s visibility in television!

From scripted dramas such as Empire and Queen Sugar to hilarious comedies such as Insecure and black-ish to reality shows such as RHOA, on any given night, African-American women can turn on the TV and see a range of portrayals of ourselves. But what are the shows that we just can’t miss each week?

According to a Nielsen’s “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic” report, these were our top 20 programs from 2016:


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1. #2: “The New Edition Story” (BET)

#2: “The New Edition Story” (BET)

We flocked to this BET hit miniseries about our beloved boy band.

2. #3: “Star” (FOX)

#3: “Star” (FOX)

Stars have definitely been born on Lee Daniels’ American musical drama!

3. #4: “The Haves And The Have Nots” (OWN)

#4: “The Haves And The Have Nots” (OWN)

Tika Sumpter slays in this soap every season!

4. #5: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1)

#5: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1)

When it comes to the real drama, ATL does it the best!

5. #7: “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

#7: “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Ava DuVernay’s gripping family drama is nothing short of perfection.

6. #8: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

#8: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Viola Davis’ nuanced portrayal of Annalise Keating gives us chills every Thursday.

7. #9: “Love And Hip Hop” (VH1)

#9: “Love And Hip Hop” (VH1)

We will forever be grateful to this show for changing our lives by introducing us to Cardi B.

8. #10 “If Loving You Is Wrong”

Folks really do love their Tyler Perry soaps!

9. #11: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

#11: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

One word: Phaedra.

10. #13: “Greenleaf” (OWN)

#13: “Greenleaf” (OWN)

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from this powerful megachurch melodrama.

11. #14: “FOX NFL Sunday” (FOX)

#14: “FOX NFL Sunday” (FOX)

Hey, even the sistas love a little gridiron on Sundays!

12. #16: “Shots Fired” (FOX)

#16: “Shots Fired” (FOX)

Sanaa Lathan, Aisha Hinds and Stephan James gave us our entire life in

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s engrossing cop drama.

13. #17: “Power” (STARZ)

#17: “Power” (STARZ)

With all this show’s twists and turns and character kill-offs, it’s no wonder we’re glues to the boob tube on Sunday nights!

14. #18: “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)

#18: “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)

Keesha Sharpe and Damon Wayans shine in this buddy cop comedy-drama.

15. #19: T.I. And Tiny (VH1)

#19: T.I. And Tiny (VH1)

With the on-again-off again couple reconciling (again), we wonder if there will be a season 7?

16. #20: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” Specials

#20: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” Specials

Folks just these 4-part reunions!