This isn’t a randomly-selected collection of any ol’ 30 black characters on TV right now. This is a collection of 30 incredible and distinctive TV characters, who also happen to be responsible for the blackening of this very white Golden Age of TV (especially as it now transitions to Peak TV). More black actors on TV in and of themselves do not signify progress—but more black actors playing strange and fascinating characters does. So this isn’t a celebration of every black character on TV (though they all represent some sort of symbolic shift), but those new, few who represent an actual range in narratives. A villain who cracks jokes about prog rock, a father who works for $5.15 an hour (plus commission), a mother of a NBA star who gets vaginal rejuvenation surgery, an enslaved American who will change everything you ever thought you understood about enslaved Americans—these are the characters who, with all their odd and beautiful blackness, are making TV great again… for the first time.