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(1968–1971)

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Diahann Carroll said in interview that the show ended when she asked to be let out of her television contract, having grown tired of the controversy surrounding the show from its inception.
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First TV series starring an African American woman in a professional, non-stereotypical role. (The first TV series starring a black woman was Beulah (1950), variously starring Ethel Waters, Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers and Amanda Randolph, in the title role as a comic maid.)
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This show was controversial because it was the subject of constant criticism that it did not realistically portray the lives of blacks in America. Diahann Carroll continuously defended it in interviews, saying that it was a "fantasy" and that very little on TV showed life as it really was. The show may have been ahead of its time, and when The Cosby Show (1984) premiered and became a mega-hit, the American public showed that it finally was ready for a show of its type.
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