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Norman [Lear] considered my work too controversial. I pitched, "Good Times," in 1971, it didn't go on the air until 1974. In those three years we had about 20 meetings. The one note I got in every meeting was, "Get rid of the father," a strong black man in a sit com won't work. In 1974 I got the contract to write, "Cooley High." When AIP sent the cast to Chicago to shoot the movie, I quit ...
Formed a writing partnership with Mike Evans
, who played black neighbor Lionel Jefferson in "All in the Family" and together they came up with and created "Good Times." They supposedly rebelled against Lear, who wanted to write the father out of the show and embellish the stereotypical J.J. character.