Good Times (1974–1979)
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Black Jesus 

When the Evans family hangs JJ's painting of a black Jesus in the home against Florida's protests, everybody suddenly gets a run of good luck.


Bob LaHendro, John Rich


Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Esther Rolle ... Florida Evans
John Amos ... James Evans, Sr.
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans (as Bern Nadette)
Eric Monte Eric Monte ... The Runner


Using Ned the Wino as a model, JJ paints a picture of Jesus as a black man, which doesn't sit well with the very devout Florida. Flo's dissatisfaction really escalates when the family as well as Wilona begin experiencing unexplained good fortune after the painting is hung on the living room wall. Is it good luck or something more divine? Written by Brian Washington <>

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Release Date:

15 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This is the first time that Ned the Wino is mentioned. However, he wouldn't make his first physical appearance until later in the series. See more »


Michael Evans: Hey, Thelma, how do you like this?
Thelma Evans: [takes close look at JJ's painting] What is it?
Michael Evans: Don't show your ignorance. This is Black Jesus.
Thelma Evans: Black Jesus, my foot. That's Ned the Wino.
Michael Evans: You mean the dude who's always walking up and down the street drinking wine and preachin'?
Thelma Evans: Ned the Wino, better known as the Ghetto Prophet.
Michael Evans: Yeah, he's always predicting the end of the world and asking for a dime for some wine, so he can die happy.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Which he does every night.
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Crazy Credits

Ralph Carter courtesy of the Broadway musical "Raisin". (Closing credits. This original Broadway production ran from October 1973 to December 1975.) See more »


Referenced in Family Guy: Jerome Is the New Black (2009) See more »


Good Times
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky
Composed by Dave Grusin, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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J.J.'s most divine portrait
9 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Black Jesus" was indeed the second episode, and merely the first to stir controversy in its themes. J.J.'s second painting has remained hidden in the closet from prying eyes until Michael finds it, a portrait of Christ as a black man, proudly hanging it on the wall in place of the original. This doesn't sit well with his devout Christian mother Florida, who was brought up to believe in the bearded white one, refusing to worship what turns out to be a likeness of 'ghetto prophet' Ned the wino: "the one thing he don't need is a partner!" Michael stuns his mother by quoting Christ's appearance in the good book: "his hair is like wool, and his eyes are like flame of fire!" This, coupled with the sudden streak of good luck for father James, earns 'Black Jesus' his spot on the wall during Black History Week. J.J.'s famous cap debuts at the end, along with a one word catchphrase that would quickly become his trademark - "Dy-no-mite!" (exulting at Black Jesus hanging on the wall permanently). Ned the wino would make his first on screen appearance before season's end (played by Raymond Allen), while Sweet Daddy Williams waited until the third season's "Sweet Daddy Williams," essayed over seven episodes by Theodore Wilson.

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