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TALK TO ME/ABC/2000
**(Michael J. Estime) Cam, black producer of radio talk show at station WSJB. Cam’s character is sharp and witty.

TAXI/ABC/NBC/1978-83
**(J. Alan Thomas) Jeff Bennett, African-American employee of a Sunshine Cab Company in New York City who assisted with taxi dispatch operations. Jeff worked in an elevated cage area inside the garage area along side his supervisor, a lecherous, pint-sized Italian-American.

TEAM KNIGHT RIDER/SYN/1997-98
**(Duane Davis) Duke DePalma, member of the Foundation of Law and government, which employs a collection of highly skilled operatives paired with most advanced, state-of-the-art vehicles who battle crime as Team Knight Rider! Duke drives a rugged all-terrain vehicle called “Beast.”

TEECH/CBS/1991
*(Phill Lewis) David Gibson, a black music instructor who taught pupils at the Winthrop Academy, an all white private school near Philadelphia. B. B. King performed the theme song.

TEKWAR/USA/1994-96
*(Eugene Clark/costar) Sid Gomez, black private detective hired by the Cosmo Detective agency, a state-of-the-art private detective agency based in the year 2044. Sid’s reunites with his old white partner, Jake Cardigan (the series main character) to battle Tek Lords, the pushers of an illegal drug known as Tek.

TEMPERATURES RISING/ABC/1972-74
*(Cleavon Little) Dr. Jerry Noland, a black physician at Capital General Hospital in Washington, D.C. whose work activities included being in-house bookie and thorn-in-the-side of very straight laced, conservative chief of staff of surgery. The series was revised under the title THE NEW TEMPERATURES RISING/ABC/1973-74.

TENAFLY/NBC/1973-74
*(James McEachin) Harry Tenafly, a happily married black Los Angeles private detective. The series was part of the NBC TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY MYSTERY MOVIE. Also featured were Lillian Lehman as his wife, Ruth and Paul Jackson, as his son, Herb.

TENSPEED AND BROWN SHOE/ABC/1980
*(Ben Vereen/costar) E. L. Turner, aka "Tenspeed" a black ex-con hustler on parole who became a partner in a private detective agency. Vereen reprised his role of Tenspeed in the hour adventure series J. J. STARBUCK/NBC/1987-88 as the sidekick of Jerome Jeremiah Starbuck, a San Antonio billionaire.

THAT'S MY MAMA/ABC/1974-75
*(Clifton Davis) Clifton Curtis, a hip, young black who inherited the family Washington, D.C. barbershop. He lived with his mama, Eloise (Theresa Merritt) in living quarters attached to the shop. Ted Lange who played one of the regulars on the show later starred as bartender Isaac Washington on the comedy series THE LOVE BOAT/ABC/1977-86. (Theresa Merritt died on June 22, 1998. She originated the role of Ma Rainey in Broadway's acclaimed "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.")

THEA/ABC/1993-94
*(Thea Vidale) Thea Turrell, black portly widow with four lively children who worked as a supermarket clerk and ran a beauty shop from her home to make ends meet. Other cast included Adam Jeffries as her sixteen-year-old son Jarvis, Jr.; Jason Weaver as her fourteen-year-old son, Jerome; Brenden Jefferson as youngest son, James; Brandy Norwood as her thirteen-year-old daughter, Danesha; Yvette Wilson as Thea's sister, Lynette; Cleavant Derricks as Lynette's husband Charles; and Kenny Ford, Jr. as Danesha's boyfriend.

3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN/NBC/1996-2001
**(Simbi Khali) Nina Campbell, sassy black office assistant and often referee for college professors Mary Albright and Dick Solomon (who is an outer space alien disguised as an Earthling). Khali was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1971 and raised in Chicago. .

THIRD WATCH/NBC/1999-2005
*(Michael Beach/costar) Monte "Doc" Parker, emergency medical technician based in New York City. Beach also had a recurring role on NBC’s award-winning drama "ER" as Jeanie Boulet’s (played by Gloria Reuben) husband who had contracted the HIV virus and passed it on to her. Other black “Third Watch” characters include Corey Bell as rookie police officer Ty Davis. Bell is an honors graduate of San Jose State University.

THE THREE FLAMES SHOW/NBC/1949
*(Tiger Haynes, Roy Testamark, Bill Pollard) The Three Flames, a popular black vocal group who performed to a backdrop of flickering flames hosted this live summer musical variety series. They were among the first black performers to have a regular network series. The group consisted of guitarist Tiger Haynes, pianist Roy Testamark and bass player Bill Pollard.

THROB/SYN/1986-88
**(Richard Cummings, Jr.) Phil Gaines, a black employee of a small New York City record company called Throb.

TIME OF YOUR LIFE/FOX/1999-2000
**(Gina Ravera) Jocelyn 'Joss' House, a pretty black female who befriends a young white girl (series star Jennifer Love-Hewitt as Sarah Reeves Merrin) recently moved from San Francisco to a East Village apartment in New York City. The series is a spin-off of Fox’s “Party of Five.”

TODAY'S BLACK WOMAN/SYN/1981
*(Freda Payne) Freda Payne, hosted this on-the-air newsmagazine for black women.

TODAY'S F.B.I./ABC/1981-82
**(Harold Sylvester) Dwayne Thompson, a former black Marine intelligence officer working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation working in Washington, D.C.

THE TOM SHOW/WB/1997-98
*(Tasha Smith/costar) Tanya Cole, sassy black female TV station worker working with a recently divorced white man who is struggling to keep his job as program director.

TOGETHER WE STAND/CBS/1986-87
**(Natasha Bobo) Sally Pandall, an adorable six-year-old black girl adopted by a white family.

TONY BROWN'S JOURNAL/SYN/1976-81/PBS/1982+
*(Tony Brown) Tony Brown, host of public affairs program aimed chiefly at black viewers. The program was formerly seen on PBS in the 1970's as BLACK JOURNAL.

TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN/CBS/1974-76
*(Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson/costars) Dawn, a group of two black singers, Telma Hopkins & Joyce Vincent Wilson, who were Tony Orlando's back-up singers and co-hosts on this musical variety program.

TOTAL RECALL 2070: THE SERIES/SHO/1999
**(Michael Anthony Rawlins) Martin Ehrenthal, black police detective who supervises detective David Hume and his android partner as they investigate for the Citizens Protection Bureau in the year 2070. Michael Anthony Rawlins is also known for his recurring role on hugely popular BEVERLY HILLS 90210 and numerous television appearances on such shows as NYPD BLUE, ROSEANNE, THE TRIALS OF ROSIE O’NEILL and FULL HOUSE.

TOTAL SECURITY/ABC/1997
**(Flex) Neville Watson, a black operative working for Total Security, a private security firm based in Los Angeles.

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL/CBS/1994-2003
*(Della Reese/costar) Tess, an African-American angel who supervised a beautiful Irish-accented angel named Monica responsible for helping mortals with problems.

TOUR OF DUTY/CBS/1987-90
**(Stan Foster) Pvt. Marvin Johnson, a black soldier from Kansas City assigned to fight in the jungles of Vietnam with the men of Bravo Company during the late 1960's. Carl Weathers as Colonel Brewster, a veteran black combat officer appeared later in the series.

TRACY GOES ON/HBO/1996-99
*(Tracy Ullman) Sheneesha Turner, a black airport security guard and one of many characters created by white British comedian and impressionist Tracy Ullman.

TRAPPER JOHN, M.D./CBS/1979-86
**(Brian Mitchell) Dr. Justin Jackson, aka, "Jackpot", a young black surgeon on the staff of San Francisco Memorial Hospital. Madge Sinclair appeared as Ernestine Shoop, the trustworthy nursing supervisor.

TRAUMA CENTER/ABC/1983
*(Dorian Harewood/costar) Dr. Nate "Skate" Baylor, a black emergency physician from McKee Hospital Trauma Center in Los Angeles who worked with a dedicated staff of medical personnel saving peoples lives.

TRIALS OF ROSIE O'NEILL/CBS/1990-91
*(Dorian Harewood/costar) Hank Mitchell, black ghetto-raised attorney who worked in the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office with fellow lawyer Rosie O'Neill.

TRUE COLORS/FOX/1990-91
*(Frankie Faison/costar) Ron Freeman, a widowed black dentist with two teenage sons Terry (Claude Brooks) and Lester (Adam Jeffries) who married a widowed white kindergarten teacher who had a teenage daughter and a mouthy mother-in-law. In the fall of 1991, Cleavon Little replaced Frankie Faison in the lead role.

TV 101/CBS/1988-89
**(Alex Desert) Holden Hines, a black teenager enrolled in the journalism program at Roosevelt High School where he helped produce the school newspaper and video news segments. Stacey Dash also appeared as Monique, a journalism student.

24/FOX/2001+
*(Dennis Haysbert/costar) Senator David Palmer, the first African-American to be elected United States President. David is divorced from Sherry Palmer (Jenny Johnson Jerald). They have two children: Son, Keith and daughter Nicole. David received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Maryland, School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Georgetown University. His career path included a stint at the law firm of Fidley, Barrow and Bain; Maryland State Congress Representative, (Baltimore); US Congress Representative (Maryland); House Ethics Committee Chairman; House Ways and Means Committee Member; House National Subcommittee member; United States Congress Senator; Senate Appropriations Committee Member, Senate Commerce Subcommittee Member. His athletic experience includes being NCAA All-American Men's Basketball; Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year; Sporting News College Player of the Year; and the Wooden Award for Player of the Year. During his run for President, David was involved in an assassination plot and in his forts year in the White House he had to handle a terrorist plot to explode an atomic bomb in the Los Angles Basin. His ex-wife Sherry was implicated in a power-play to bring down his administration. Through all the rumor, and political rancor, David's most trusted ally has been a white CIA agent named Jack Bauer. After David died, his brother was elected President.

21 JUMP STREET/FOX/SYN/1987-91
*(Holly Robinson/costar) Judy Hoffs, a young black police woman assigned to a special squad of baby-faced cops who posed as high school students to infiltrate/battle juvenile crime. Steven Williams starred as Captain Adam Fuller, their commander.

227/NBC/1985-90
*(Marla Gibbs) Mary Jenkins, a sharp-tongued busybody who lived at No. 227 in an unidentified apartment house in Washington, D.C. Also featured were Hal Williams as Lester, her husband; Regina King as Brenda, their teenage daughter; Jackée Harry, as Sandra Clark, a flirtatious neighbor; Alaina Reed Hall as Rose Lee Holloway, the building's owner and Mary's close friend; Kia Goodwin as Tiffany Holloway, Rose's daughter; Helen Martin as Pearl Shay, the building busybody; Curtis Baldwin as Calvin Dobbs, Pearl's grandson; and Paul Winfield as an effeminate entrepreneur who bought 227 and became its landlord.
 

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