Best "New Jack Swing" sitcoms!

The "New Jack Swing" movement in the 90s dominated the culture; a mix of hip hop ghetto swagger and middle class refinement. Throughout the 90s this would inspire many sitcoms, variety shows, movies and talk shows. This list includes the dominate new jack sitcoms. Though now the new jack sitcom fizzled and was replaced by reality TV, its impact lives on in the form of reruns!
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1.
The Cosby Show (1984 TV Series)
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The goings-on in the life of a successful African American family. (30 mins.)
“ Cosby tops the list. Though Cosby is far from a "New Jack", without his show there would not have been any of these other shows on at all. Cosby changed history for black people on television, and paved the way for all the shows that follow. ” - thepoet21
 
2.
227 (1985 TV Series)
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This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line. (30 mins.)
“ Although not entirely New Jack either, this show birthed Regina King and also lended to the format as well. ” - thepoet21
 
3.
Martin (1992 TV Series)
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Sassy sitcom centering on radio and television personality Martin Payne. Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole. (30 mins.)
“ Martin was a revolution! He kicked down the doors and gave America the personification of "New Jack"! ” - thepoet21
 
4.
Living Single (1993 TV Series)
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Follows the lives of several single male and female roommates and friends in 1990s Brooklyn, New York. (30 mins.)
“ With Living Single it just got better. Young, hip and urban, this personified "New Jack" from the theme song to the excellent cast. ” - thepoet21
 
5.
Sister, Sister (1994 TV Series)
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Tia and Tamera Mowry are twins separated at birth who learn of each other and come back together in their teen years. (30 mins.)
“ 2 young twins growing up in New Jack America, nothing distinct abouth them but they were pretty cute! ” - thepoet21
 
6.
Family Matters (1989 TV Series)
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Long-running Perfect Strangers spin-off series centering on the Winslow family and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. (30 mins.)
“ The show started out on some kid stuff and then got a little funkier in the end. Even the fuddy duddy non New Jack network CBS picked this up when the show ended, a milestone indeed! ” - thepoet21
 
7.
Moesha (1996 TV Series)
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A teenager struggles to come to terms with everything life throws at her. (30 mins.)
“ Young black teen singer (now full grown hot babe) coming of age in New Jack America, a common theme throughout the 90s. Being black in America was changing! ” - thepoet21
 
8.
A Different World (1987 TV Series)
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A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college. (60 mins.)
“ School Daze introduced the world of the HBCU, this show put it in everybody's face, as this world was pretty much a mystery until now. A perfect document of HBCUs in the New Jack era! ” - thepoet21
 
9.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990 TV Series)
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The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans... (22 mins.)
“ Former rapper turned actor Will is an icon, along with Martin, of the New Jack Swing era. He set the tone for what would later be called "swagger." ” - thepoet21
 
10.
In Living Color (1990 TV Series)
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show. (30 mins.)
“ New Jack Swing variety show not really a sitcom, but brief and just hit you with that New Jack Swing humor. Family friendly but edgy. You never saw this many funny black people on TV before! ” - thepoet21
 
11.
Malcolm & Eddie (1996 TV Series)
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Malcolm McGee is a responsible and sensible 20-something who ends up sharing a Kansas City apartment... (30 mins.)
“ Theo from Cosby grew up, and Eddie, a Def Comedy Jam alum, came together and lived life as 20 something New Jack brothers! ” - thepoet21
 
12.
The Wayans Bros. (1995 TV Series)
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The wacky escapades of brothers Shawn and Marlon Waynes, along with their wise but eccentric father. (30 mins.)
“ The youngest of the Wayans clan delivered comedy that was more of a hip hop vibe, but that was what the New Jack was about, hip hop swagger that could appeal to middle class sensibilities. ” - thepoet21
 
13.
The Sinbad Show (1993 TV Series)
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David (Sinbad) is a foster father for Zana and LJ, and he's very new to the game. He learns as much from the children as they learn from him. (30 mins.)
“ Showtime at the Apollo and Different World alum Sinbad carried his own on this sitcom but this didn't last. He embodies a more milder and palpable New Jack Swing vibe. No cussing but he's still funny. ” - thepoet21
 
14.
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996 TV Series)
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Jamie King (Jamie Foxx) is an aspiring actor from Terrell, Texas, who has come to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment... (30 mins.)
“ Jamie was cool, but I really loved seeing the irresistible Garcelle Beauvais, and back then you could see her beauty was beyond words. She really lit up the screen! For me, at least. ” - thepoet21
 
15.
My Wife and Kids (2001 TV Series)
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Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream. (30 mins.)
“ New Jack came of age? 2 bright stars from the New Jack era settled down, having kids, picking up where Cosby left off. ” - thepoet21
 
16.
The Bernie Mac Show (2001 TV Series)
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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children. (30 mins.)
“ Who would have thought that the outstanding comedian who jumped onto the stage of Def Comedy Jam, saying "I ain't scared of you m------s" wearing his New Jack style gear, bopping to rap music, would get big enough to get his own show. RIP. ” - thepoet21
 
17.
Girlfriends (2000 TV Series)
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A look at the lives, loves, and losses of four different women, Toni, Maya, Lynn, and Joan. (30 mins.)
“ Though I think this was supposed to replace "Living Single", it was a good attempt, and held my interest for a few seasons. But it just wasn't the same. ” - thepoet21
 
18.
The Steve Harvey Show (1996 TV Series)
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A former funk star named Steve Hightower enlists as a high school music teacher away from his original career in Chicago. (30 mins.)
“ Classic New Jack humor by one of the oldest purveyors of the "New Jack" era. He lived it! With his boy Cedric, he just knew how to make people laugh. ” - thepoet21
 
19.
The Game (2006 TV Series)
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A spin-off of "Girlfriends" featuring a group of women who all have relationships with professional football players. (21 mins.)
“ Much like "Girlfriends", this came after the New Jack era was gone. The show lent itself to that, but now it has gotten a bit trashy since it got on BET. The problem with this show is that without that New Jack vibe, nobody cared about it. ” - thepoet21
 
20.
Everybody Hates Chris (2005 TV Series)
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A young African American teen attempts to survive with his dysfunctional family and his all white school in the 1980s. (22 mins.)
“ I hesitated to put this on the list, but Chris Rock is a product of the New Jack era (having had his first major role in "New Jack City"), and the mother was played by one of the vets from the Martin show, so not only is this a New Jack show, this might be the last of them. The genre is now gone. ” - thepoet21
 
21.
In the House (1995 TV Series)
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Once famous football player must rent part of his house in order to support himself. A single mother and her two kids are the latest tenants. He also owns a sports clinic that he barely manages to run with a little help from his friends. (30 mins.)
“ This to me was a New Jack variation of the 80s syndicated sitcom "Who's The Boss" but just with a different racial makeup, and less of a connection between LL and Debbie Allen. I loved Maia, this was her in her prime before the drugs. ” - thepoet21
 
22.
Roc (1991 TV Series)
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Roc Emerson, a city garbage collector, balances the pressures of work with the everyday crises of family... (30 mins.)
“ This live TV show was a bit more on the working class side, stripped down reality dealing with social issues as experienced by a simple man. A New Jack version of Archie Bunker without the bigotry, maybe? ” - thepoet21
 
23.
Smart Guy (1997 TV Series)
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Ten-year-old genius (Tahj Mowry) has skipped six grades into high school. This incredible promotion somewhat aggravates his teenage siblings. (30 mins.)
“ A New Jack version of Doogie Howser? What surprised me most was that the main character is in real life the brother of the girls from Sister,Sister! ” - thepoet21
 
24.
Half & Half (2002 TV Series)
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Mona and Dee Dee are half-sisters who share the same father. They are completely unlike each other, but they live in the same apartment building, so disagreements are common. (30 mins.)
“ Much like the show "Girlfriends", this seemed to be another variation of the classic show "Living Single". Much like Girlfriends, it just didn't have the impact of its predecessor. ” - thepoet21
 
25.
Cuts (2005 TV Series)
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Kevin, the son of the former owner, and Tiffany, the daughter of the current owner, team up to manage a hair salon/day spa, in this spinoff to "One on One." (60 mins.)
Director: Katy Garretson
 
26.
Romeo! (2003 TV Series)
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Romeo finds out what it means to be a good friend, even if it means breaking the law.
“ Well, even though Master P is more "dirty South gangsta", he really couldn't be "Bout It" on his show; you think Nickelodeon execs would have put up with those kind of antics? So, he had to take the "New Jack" format to make it somewhat palpable to the mainstream, and it lasted for more than one season. I still couldn't get past some of the lyrics I have heard him say, but it was rather entertaining nonetheless. ” - thepoet21
 
27.
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992 TV Series)
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American comedy with the larger-than-life teacher and his housemates. (30 mins.)
 
28.
Soul Food (2000 TV Series)
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The everyday life and problems of the Josephs, a black family living in Chicago, Illinois. (45 mins.)
“ A serious show, but had some New Jackisms in it.... ” - thepoet21
 
29.
True Colors (1990 TV Series)
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A newly wedded middle-class interracial blended family deals with life's issues with love and humor. (30 mins.)
 
30.
One on One (2001 TV Series)
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A sportscaster must take on the responsibility of being a full-time dad when his teenage daughter moves in with him. (30 mins.)
 
31.
The Parkers (1999 TV Series)
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Nikki decides to go to school to get her degree so she can go to Santa Monica college. (20 mins.)
Director: Andre Teague
 
32.
Out All Night (1992 TV Series)
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Sitcom about a singer who runs an L.A. nightclub, a young graduate and his irresponsible best friend and roommate, who help her, her daughter and their Scottish neighbor. Set in the same universe as the Fresh Prince from Bel-Air. (30 mins.)
 
33.
South Central (1994 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
34.
City Guys (1997 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
35.
Between Brothers (1997 TV Series)
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Charles and James Gordon are young, good looking brothers with conflicting differences. Charles is a workaholic doctor... (30 mins.)
Director: Jody Margolin
 
36.
All of Us (2003 TV Series)
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The estranged wife of a television reporter returns to invade his new life. (30 mins.)
 
37.
The Parent 'Hood (1995 TV Series)
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A college professor copes with contemporary fatherhood. (30 mins.)
 
38.
Eve (2003 TV Series)
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Following Eve and her group of friends as they experience the highs and lows of life. (30 mins.)
 
39.
Getting Personal (1998 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
40.
The Hughleys (1998 TV Series)
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Darryl Hughley, who owns his own vending machine business, moving out of from South Central to West Hills... (30 mins.)
 
41.
For Your Love (1998 TV Series)
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Focused on three couples who try to counsel each other on how to deal with the opposite sex. (30 mins.)
Director: D.W. Moffett
 
42.
Grown Ups (1999 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
43.
Homeboys in Outer Space (1996 TV Series)
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Straight-laced Morris Clay and fun-loving Tyberius Walker are two Han Solo wannabes who fly around the galaxy in the Space Hoopty... (30 mins.)
Director: Gerry Cohen
 
44.
My Brother and Me (1994 TV Series)
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Alfie and Dee-Dee experience how life affects them with different aspects each day, such as learning life lessons. (30 mins.)
 
45.
Kenan & Kel (1996 TV Series)
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The comic misadventures of teenagers Kenan and his dimwitted buddy Kel. (30 mins.)