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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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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 blackish 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:

2. #1: “Empire” (FOX)

Cookie Lyons Empire Season One Source:Getty

No one can get enough Cookie & company!

3. #2: “The New Edition Story” (BET)

2016 Urbanworld Film Festival - 'Shots Fired' & 'The New Edition Story' Screenings Source:Getty

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

4. #3: “Star” (FOX)

2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens Source:Getty

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

5. #4: “The Haves And The Have Nots” (OWN)

AOL Build Presents Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers and Richard Tanne Discussing 'Southside With You' Source:Getty

Tika Sumpter slays in this soap every season!

6. #5: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1)

Love & Hip Hop Take Over Memorial Day Weekend Kick Off Source:Getty

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

7. #6: “Scandal” (ABC)

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Olivia Pope stays handling it every TGIT!

8. #7: “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

BUILD Series Presents Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe Discussing Their New OWN Series 'Queen Sugar' Source:Getty

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

9. #8: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' - Season Three Source:Getty

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

10. #9: “Love And Hip Hop” (VH1)

VH1 'Love & Hip Hop' Season 4 Premiere Source:Getty

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

11. #10 “If Loving You Is Wrong”

Folks really do love their Tyler Perry soaps!

12. #11: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

The Real Housewives of Atlanta - Season 9 Source:Getty

One word: Phaedra.

13. #12: “Love And Hip Hop: Hollywood” (VH1)

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Premiere Event Source:Getty

This Tinseltown spin-off is just as juicy and ridiculous as the original!

14. #13: “Greenleaf” (OWN)

Premiere Of OWN's 'Greenleaf' - Arrivals Source:Getty

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

15. #14: “FOX NFL Sunday” (FOX)

San Francisco 49ers v San Diego Chargers Source:Getty

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

16. #15: “Basketball Wives” (VH1)

Basketball Wive LA Cast Source:VH1

These ladies definitely love to lunch and talk about each other and fight!

17. #16: “Shots Fired” (FOX)

FOX's 'Shots Fired' - Season One Source:Getty

Sanaa Lathan, Aisha Hinds and Stephan James gave us our entire life in
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s engrossing cop drama.

18. #17: “Power” (STARZ)

Tasha and Tommy Source: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!

19. #18: “Lethal Weapon” (FOX)

Premiere Of Fox Network's 'Lethal Weapon' - Red Carpet Source:Getty

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

20. #19: T.I. And Tiny (VH1)

925 Scales Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Hosted By T.I. Source:Getty

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

21. #20: “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” Specials

Stevie J. + Joseline Hernandez Host Gold Room Source:Getty

Folks just these 4-part reunions!

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