I've watched Dwayne Wayne crash Whitley Gilbert's wedding at least four times on A Different World. I’ve practiced Carlton Banks's iconic dance in the mirror more times than I can count. I’ve also giggled at a ton of Mo's one-liners on Smart Guy and I still swoon whenever I hear Kyle Barker sing on Living Single.
These are just a few of the Black male characters I loved watching on '90s sitcoms as a little girl. And throughout the years, they (and several others) continued to stick with me—not necessarily because they were perfect, but because they all carried an air of confidence that I really admired. These men didn't always have their lives figured out and they made several mistakes, but they stood up for what they believed in and weren't afraid to be vulnerable. Not to mention their incredible sense of humor.
Keep reading for seven unforgettable '90s Black sitcoms that feature the most memorable Black male characters.