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Good Times 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1974–1979)
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A poor family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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6   5   4   3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977   1976   1975   1974  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ja'net DuBois ...  Willona Woods 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Ralph Carter ...  Michael Evans 133 episodes, 1974-1979
BernNadette Stanis ...  Thelma Evans / ... 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Jimmie Walker ...  James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Esther Rolle ...  Florida Evans 109 episodes, 1974-1979
John Amos ...  James Evans, Sr. 61 episodes, 1974-1976
Johnny Brown ...  Nathan Bookman 58 episodes, 1975-1979
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Storyline

Life in the Chicago projects is never easy, However, the Evans family never gives up trying to make the best of things. While Florida and James struggle to provide for their family, their sons J.J., an aspiring painter, Micheal, the undying political crusader, causing trouble while their sister, Thelma, stands between them as the voice of reason. Living in the same building were Willona Woods, Florida's best friend from High School who provided support, love and gossip and Nathan Bookman, the overweight janitor who gave them grief and was the butt of alot of fat jokes, especially Willona who often referred to him as Buffalo Butt or Booger. Life, at least, is never boring while they fight to keep their heads above water and one day leave the projects, which they did in the series finale. Sadly, it was without James who was killed off in the 4th season. Written by Kate Tripper

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Great Day See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(133 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Black Panther activists confronted Norman Lear in his Tandem Productions office about the show. They asked him why the characters had to live in a slum, be so poor, experience so much crime, and perpetuate so many stereotypes about the black experience. This eventually led to the creation of The Jeffersons (1975), which attempted to show a black family in a more positive, upwardly mobile light. See more »

Goofs

Over the years, Willona's ex-husband had 3 different names: Alvin, Ray, and Roger. He appeared in 1 episode, as Ray. See more »

Quotes

Florida: I don't have to ask who hung this picture up here, Michael Evans, but before I hang you in its place, why?
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Referenced in Castle: Last Call (2010) See more »

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Good Times Early On, But Faded In the End
26 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This was a good show for the first three seasons. If you got past all the stereotypes, you would notice that many of the episodes discussed issues that are just as relevant today as they were back then. Issues such as gun control, teen pregnancy, v.d., gangs and teen suicide. However, once John Amos left, the show was not the same and suffered as a result. It really suffered the year that Esther Rolle was off. You know a show is going downhill when they have to resort to bringing on a cute kid character.

Also, if Esther Rolle was so displeased with the show, then how come she took the part in the first place?


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