23 Blackface TV Episodes and Movie Scenes

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It seems like over the past few weeks Hollywood is doing their best to correct their decades-long history. And with that includes more than a few blackface TV episodes and movie scenes.

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And while we know if we go past 40 years ago, we will get more than too many to count and too many we can forgive. So we’re just acknowledging the blackface TV episodes and movie scenes that have been done since the 80s.

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It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 6, Episode 9: “Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth”, Season 4, Episode 3: America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest”, and Season 8, Episode 2″ “The Gang Recycles Their Trash”, Season 9, Episode 9: “The Gang Makes ‘Lethal Weapon 6’”. And lastly, Season 14, Episode 3: “Dee Day”.


Soul Man

In the 1986 film, C. Thomas Howell wore blackface.


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The Community

How Many Episodes: 1
Episodes: Season 2, Episode 14: “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons


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Trading Places

In the 1983 comedy starring Eddie Murphy and John Aykroyd, the latter wore blackface.


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The Sarah Silverman Program

How Many Episodes: 1
Episodes: Season 2, Episode 3: “Face Wars”


Dear White People

In the 2014 film, a white student and son of the school’s president, and his club come up with a blackface theme for their annual party.


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How Many Episodes: 3 episodes
Episodes: Season 3, Episode 7: “My Fifteen Seconds” and Season 5, Episode 4: “My Jiggly Ball”. Also Season 5, Episode 17: “My Chopped Liver”.

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The Office

How Many Episodes: 1
Episodes:  Season 9, Episode 9: “Dwight Christmas”


Tropic Thunder

Robert Downey Jr. starred in blackface in the 2006 movie.



Saturday Night Live

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: A 2000 episode in which Fallon impersonating Chris Rock.

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The Golden Girls

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 3, Episode 23: “Mixed Blessings”


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30 Rock

How Many Episodes: At least 4
Season 3, Episode 2: “Believe In The Stars,” Season 5 Episode 10: “Christmas Attack Zone”. As well as Season 6 Episode 19, “Live from Studio 6H” and the east coast version of Season 5 Episode 4: “The Live Show.”


The Man Show

How Many Episodes: 2+
Which Episodes: During his show he wore blackface to impersonate Karl Malone (2000) and Oprah Winfrey (2001).


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Chappelle’s Show

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 3, Episode 2: “Black Pixie” sketch


Mad Men

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 3, Episode 3: “My Old Kentucky Home”



While it was in satire and to prove a point, Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover starred in blackface in the 2000 Spike Lee film.


Be Kind Rewind

Jack Black wore blackface in a failed attempt to play Fats Waller in the 2008 film.


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Little Britain

How Many Episodes: 1
On the British sketch show, David Walliams and Matt Lucas put on blackface sketches. In a sketch for the show, Walliams played a character called Desiree DeVere, a black woman

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Come Fly With Me

In the follow-up show to Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Lucas played a black cafe worker named Precious Little — again in full blackface.


W/ Bob and David

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 1, Episode 3: “Know Your Rights”


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The Mighty Boosh

How Many Episodes: 1
Which Episodes: Season 1, Episode 7: “Electro”



The League of Gentlemen

In the 1999-created British series, Reece Shearsmith, who is white, plays Papa Lazarou in blackface in the BBC series.


Angry Boys

How Many Episodes: At least 10
Australian comedian Chris Lilley stars in blackface in at least 10 sketches of Lilley playing character S.mouse in Angry Boys. In a music video Lilley, playing S.mouse, repeatedly uses the n-word. In another sketch, the character rapped about his “big black balls.” He also has three other shows, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, and Jonah From Tonga in which Lilley is featured in black and brown face.

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