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Decade of TV: 31 of the Best TV Shows For The Culture That Premiered Over the Past 10 Years

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Decade of TV: 31 of the Best TV Shows For The Culture That Premiered Over the Past 10 Years

Decade of TV: 31 of the Best TV Shows For The Culture That Premiered Over the Past 10 Years

Over the past 10 years, there have been countless TV shows that have come and gone. Some are critically great and some are needed for the culture. As we head out of the 2010s and enter the 20s check out 31 of the best TV shows released over the past 10 years that are needed for the culture

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Queen Sugar

(2016 – present)
Ava DuVernay’s contemporary drama Queen Sugar, set in Louisiana, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

Black Lightning

(2018 – present)
Logline: Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.

The Good Fight

(2017 – present)
(season 3 logline) The world went crazy in The Good Fight’s second season, and now, in Season 3, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.


(2018 – present)
Logline: Pose is set in the world of 1987 and “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.”

On My Block

(2018 – present)
Logline: A coming-of-age story about four bright, street-savvy friends navigating their way through high school in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles. Dealing with the danger of getting their friend out of a gang and friends turning into romance, the danger is constant.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

(2019 – present)
Logline: The show tracks the Wu-Tang Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

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All American

(2018 – present)
Logline: When a star high school football player from South Central is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High School, two separate worlds collide.

The Get Down

(2016 – 2017)
Logline: A ragtag group of teenagers runs wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.


(2014 – 2020)
Logline: It appears James “Ghost” St. Patrick has it all — a drop-dead gorgeous wife, a stunning Manhattan penthouse, and the power and success that come with owning hot new nightclub Truth. But a closer look reveals a man living a double life. When Ghost isn’t tending to his Fortune 500 business, he’s catering to clients of another operation: a drug empire that serves only the rich and influential. While loyal sidekick Tommy protects the cash-cow narcotics venture at all costs, Ghost’s new reality is using Truth as more than a front to launder money. It’s a way out of the drug game and into a legitimate life with his family, even if everything he loves becomes unknowingly threatened. 


(2016 – present)
Logline: The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets, and lies.


(2016 – present)
Logline: Insecure follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.


(2014 – present)
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

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(2012 – 2018)
Logline: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

David Makes Man

(2019 – present)
Logline: A young prodigy living in Florida looks for a way out of his poor neighborhood.


(2019 – present)
Logline: Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.

How to Get Away With Murder

(2014 – 2020)
Logline: A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Luke Cage

Logline: When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.


(2019 – present)
Logline: A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.

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This Is Us

(2016 – present)
Logline: A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents.


(2016 – present)
Logline: Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way, they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.

Orange Is the New Black

Logline: Convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.


(2015 – 2020)
Logline: A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.

Being Mary Jane

(2013 – 2019)
Logline: The life of a young black woman, her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts.


(2018 – present)
Logline: A spinoff of ABC’s “Black-ish,” Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way.


(2013 – 2019)
Logline: A look at the life and crimes of five women who work at a Florida nail salon.

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Top Boy

(2011 – 2019)
Logline: Two London drug dealers ply their lucrative trade at a public housing estate in East London.

Godfather of Harlem

(2019 – present)
Logline: Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s after spending time in prison.


(2017 – present)
Logline: A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s.

Stranger Things

(2016 – present)
Logline: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

The Chi

(2018 – present)
Longline: The Chi (short for Chicago) follows the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in the South Side neighborhood of Chicago after a fateful turn of events sends shock waves through the community but also connects them in unexpected ways.

Survivor’s Remorse

(2014 – 2017)
Logline: Through a combination of God-given talent and Boston grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither could have imagined growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Boston. But success comes with its own challenges, and the cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love, and occasionally, the guilt of having “made it.”


(2016 – 2017)
Logline: With the country on the brink of the Civil War, the struggle for freedom is more dangerous than ever. Underground tells the story of American heroes and their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

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