023 is moving at high speed, and it seems we can’t keep up with the black TV shows the year has already churned out. As Tyler Perry’s Zatima keeps us on the edge with the whirlwind relationship of the main characters, Netflix bids us come with the upcoming Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story that promises fiery passion and royal romance. But before Queen Charlotte premieres in May, we have many other TV shows with Black main characters to tick off our list this spring.
These Black TV shows in 2023 are giving exactly what they aimed to give…
#1. Truth Be Told
When you turn a criminal investigation into a podcast, miracles are possible, and Octavia Spencer is one of the few who can pull this off. Truth Be Told is a legal drama based on the book “Are You Sleeping?” by Kathleen Barber. It revolves around a murder case that propelled a true-crime podcaster to nationwide fame. But things come back to haunt her when new evidence arises that suggests her original suspect may have been wrongfully convicted. The first episode began in 2019. It is currently in Season 3.
#2. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Who’s ready to Netflix and chill on this Bridgerton prequel? Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the story of Queen Charlotte, as she rises to prominence and power as the queen of the United Kingdom, while her marriage to King George creates a compelling spellbound love story. The producers of the Bridgerton series must have realized they were keeping fans waiting for a long time for Season 3. But since we love Charlotte and Edward, we’ll let it slide. At least, for a while.
#3. Secret Invasion
This is a television mini-series set to premiere towards the end of spring. If you are a fan of Marvel Studios’ action-adventure and superhero shows, then you should binge on this Black TV show, especially because Samuel L. Jackson is one of the main characters. It tells the story of a subversive, long-term invasion of Earth by the Skrulls, a group of alien shapeshifters who secretly replaced many superheroes in the Marvel Universe with impostors, prior to the invasion.
I bet if you have been stuck on this show, the four words “Are we done yet” would be a familiar mantra. But who wouldn’t want to watch to see if Fatima and Zac would get their happy ending once and for all? And no thanks to Tyler Perry. Zatima is a comedy-drama TV series created as a spin-off of Sistas. It premiered on BET+ on September 22, 2022, and is still airing.
#5. The Crossover
Check out this coming-of-age, sports TV series that premiered on April 4th. It is based on a book of the same name by Kwame Alexander and focuses on two brothers who navigate their way into adulthood. You’ll watch it on Disney+ and Disney Channel.
Marvel Sci-Fi fans, please pull over right here. If you’re in this gang, this is one of the Black TV shows in 2023 to stay glued on. Ironheart stars Riri Williams (Ironheart), played by Dominique Thorne, a brilliant black girl inventor who develops a high-tech metal suit like that of Iron Man. Remember in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Riri is the 19-year-old MIT student who is “running” a homework business. This TV series’ release date hasn’t been confirmed, but rumor has it that leaving your spring movie list open is a genius idea.
The story is about Paige Alexander (Kerry Washington), a relationship therapist, single mum, and messy perfectionist who lives with her teenage son. She begins to experience chaos when her dad, who gets out of prison after 20 years, moves in with them. It was released on 10th March 2023 and can be watched on Hulu.
This series hits on a real-life level and I recommend it to anyone who knows someone whose obsession with celebrities would likely get them in trouble.
In Swarm, Dre is a fan obsessed with Ni’ Jah (who is just as popular as Beyoncé in reality) and it leads her on a dark and murderous path across the US. Swarm is an Amazon Original series that was created by Janine Nabers and Donald Glover.
#9. Power Book II: Ghost
This TV series succeeds Power, a series produced by 50 Cent.
Power Book II: Ghost continues as Tariq fights to save his mother. It gets so complicated that his education and love life go downhill. He also gets entangled with Tejada’s family affairs. And then, the drug bands begin to beat. Sadly, this is the exact thing his father tried to protect him from. Tariq is proof that “there are no new demons. Your father’s demons are likely yours too.” Spot on.
Harlem fans were super excited about the return of the series. And what’s new? Camille (Meagan Good) has to fix the shattered pieces of her life. Meanwhile, Quinn (Grace Byers) is ready for an adventure of self-discovery. Angie (Shoniqua Shandai) proves to us all that a bad career can take a promising turn. And Tye (Jerrie Johnson)? She considers her plans and all. Joy is what I feel for them.
#11. Run The World
If you need a Black TV show in 2023 about 30-something successful Black women, here it is. Run The World is the story of a group of Black women who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. It’s an unapologetically female show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together. Season 2 will be premiering on Friday, May 26, and will debut on Starz at 9:30 PM ET/PT in the U.S. We hope you’re ready.
Featured image: @bridgertonnetflix/Instagram
For the latest in fashion, lifestyle, and culture, follow us on Instagram @StyleRave_
A creative writer with a voracious appetite for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture. As one who's passionate about the advancement of the woman, creating content that inspire smart style and living, and positive lifestyle changes is a calling I take seriously. At Style Rave, we aim to inspire our readers by providing engaging content to not just entertain but to inform and empower you as you ASPIRE to become more stylish, live smarter and be healthier. Follow us on Instagram @StyleRave_ ♥