September 20, 1984 The Cosby Show premiered on NBC, quickly lifting the network to #1 and turning Thursday nights into "Must See TV." The Cosby Show is one of only three American programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen ratings for at least five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family and American Idol. People magazine called the show "revolutionary," and Newsday concurred that it was a "real breakthrough."
Amen is an American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions that ran from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991 on NBC. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen stars Hemsley as the deacon of a church and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s which featured entirely or almost-entirely black casts. Others included The Cosby Show, A Different World, and 227.
Actor Luis Guzman of the television show "Code Black" attends The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2015 Fall TV Preview for CBS at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images