Good Times (1974–1979)
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God's Business Is Good Business 

Reverend Sam, a flashy televangelist who instead of living the word who uses religion as a hustle, pays a call on his old army buddy James and offers him a job with his entourage that will ... See full summary »


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 Bernnadette Stanis)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Reverend Sam


Reverend Sam, a flashy televangelist who instead of living the word who uses religion as a hustle, pays a call on his old army buddy James and offers him a job with his entourage that will pay him $700 a week(Sam told James "$100 a day, 7 days a week"). However, Florida, who sees right through Sam's act, is less than thrilled that her husband would want to work with him. James then has a clash of conscience when he sees how Sam's hustle really works and when JJ thinks about following in that path. Written by triplehache2003

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Release Date:

1 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The $100.00 per day offer James receives from Reverand Sam, when adjusted for inflation, equates to $511.13 per day in 2018 dollars. See more »


James Evans, Sr.: Sam, I want you to meet my eldest son, James Jr. Junior, this the Reverend Sam.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Is that your Cadillac out there? That's the biggest hog I ever seen!
Reverend Sam: Well son, the Lord watches over me.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Well, He must've blinked, because one of your hubcap's is missing!
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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
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky (as Blinky Williams)
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Roscoe Lee Browne as Reverend Sam
12 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"God's Business is Good Business" guest stars Roscoe Lee Browne as TV evangelist Reverend Sam, an old army buddy of James, who remembers 'Smiling Sam the Happiness Man' as a master crap shooter. Florida doesn't approve of hustlers using the Lord as an excuse to enrich themselves, but 'Honest James' still thinks highly of his old friend. He admits turning over a new leaf to embrace God's vows, while Florida notes the diamonds on his fingers: "I see none of those vows include poverty!" Sam calls upon James to work in his employ for $100 a day, which beats $2.50 an hour: "I didn't know honest men were that expensive!" Florida's willing to keep an open mind: "and a closed pocket book!" Willona admits that Sam is a 'shepherd of the Lord' after watching his people 'fleecing the sheep!'

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