The Cosby Show, what has long been considered the greatest black sitcom of all time, celebrates its 30th anniversary in two weeks. That the show’s legendary run is marked by a return to a more diverse television landscape this fall seems fitting: NBC, ABC, and FOX, along with other networks, will debut a variety of shows that cast minority actors in lead roles (several are women of color). This push for more nuanced programming brings to mind the 1990s, a decade known for its rich portrayal of black life through shows like Living Single and Roc. Here, a completely indisputable ranking of black sitcoms that aired between 1990 and 1999.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, Brooklyn-based illustrator Leland Foster teamed up with fashion e-commerce siteLyst to re-imagine what the cast would look like in 2015.
Will - Carlton - Ashley - Phil - Geoffrey - Hilary
“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was so stylish, and so of-its-time as a
classic 90s show,” said Foster. “The challenge was to make the Banks
family relevant and recognisable, while keeping all the energy of these
six very different personalities.”