Robin Thede, an alum of “The Larry Wilmore Show” and her own short-lived late-night show, is the creator of this beloved sketch comedy series, which returned in April for its third season and recently been renewed for a fourth. The current season kicks off with “Product Purge,” an annual event where black women have exactly 12 minutes to return hair care items “that didn’t perform as expected” (if you know, you to know) and get their money back. Other gems include “What Up I’m Three,” which features Thede as a very tall, cigarette-smoking toddler, and weather forecasts tailored to black women and their hair.
Most of the sketches feature a mix of Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis, and newcomer Skye Townsend (yes, Robert’s daughter). All three installments are well worth watching if you’re new to ABLSS, especially since the first season sets up a surreal apocalyptic theme that continues – but never as you’d expect – through subsequent episodes. The show, known for its rotating cast of celebrity guests, doesn’t disappoint in Season 3, which features cameos from Holly Robinson Peete, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Kel Mitchell, Michael Ealy, Ava DuVernay and more. (Broadcast on HBO)