Good Times (1974–1979)
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Too Old Blues 

Tests indicate that James is a candidate for a union apprenticeship program, but his birth certificate says differently.


Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 2 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)
Woodrow Parfrey ... Interviewer
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Monty (as Stymie Beard)


Tests indicate that James is a candidate for a union apprenticeship program, but his birth certificate says differently.

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Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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James is looking to make $4.25/hr. In 1974, or approximately $20.40 in 2016. See more »


Florida Evans: Who would've thought they wouldn't give us the loan because James made $100 too much last year? I didn't know $4200 was the limit for a family with three kids.
Willona Woods: Well I've got an idea, if you had a fourth kid...
Florida Evans: I'm willing to listen but I'd need a 9 month notice.
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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 »


Good Times
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky
Composed by Dave Grusin, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Esther Rolle earns her own show
9 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

GOOD TIMES was spun off from Esther Rolle's Florida Evans character on MAUDE, itself a spin off from ALL IN THE FAMILY. Set in Chicago rather than New York, we also have husband James (John Amos), daughter Thelma (Bern Nadette Stanis), and sons J.J. (26 year old Jimmie Walker) and Michael (Ralph Carter, recent Theatre World Award winner for the 1973 Broadway production RAISIN, based on "A Raisin in the Sun"). Along with good friend Eric Monte, ALL IN THE FAMILY actor Michael Evans was instrumental in helping get it off the ground after years of working on maverick producer Norman Lear, and the results must have surprised the network brass, who didn't believe that a strong father figure would make for a good sitcom (Diahann Carroll's short lived JULIA still fresh on their minds). "Too Old Blues" was third to be filmed but first broadcast, James and his constant search for a decent wage a top priority for every family. Perhaps the best line comes from youngest son Michael, responding to his father's joking assertion that he married Florida because she was pregnant: "wouldn't bother me none, I ain't the oldest!" Only in the pilot "Getting Up the Rent" was J.J. referred to as James Jr., always trading barbs with middle child Thelma, and still portrayed as a streetwise hustler with a penchant for 'finding things' (Ja'net DuBois as neighboring gossip Willona Woods refers to him as 'Rodney Allen Ripoff!'). This was already the second of five appearances by former OUR GANG member Stymie Beard, his comeback begun on Lear's SANFORD AND SON.

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