A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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 Thelma Evans / ... (132 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Michael Evans (131 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. (128 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Willona Woods (120 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Florida Evans (103 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James Evans, Sr. (58 episodes, 1974-1976)
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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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'Ralph Carter' was appearing in the stage musical "Raisin" when he joined the cast; the producers bought out his contract. During the show's first season, he was credited as appearing "courtesy of Raisin". See more »

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[while Loretta is in labor JJ calls for a cab]
J.J: Hello? Yellow Cab Company? Look here man! We need one of your vehicles right away!... Yeah!... Oh no, we just right over here in the projects and... (Operator hangs up) Hello? Hello? They afraid to come in to this neighborhood! No wonder they call their cabs yellow!
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I think good times was a very good show, a lot of us African Americans could relate.
20 October 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I would like to know why John Amos left the show, and how did he die off the show again? I couldn't relate to everything, but sometimes they hit home with the problems they were facing. By the way, did they ever make it out of the ghetto? I think the episode with the black Jesus was my favorite. We got to see them experience a few good times. something they didn't have very often. I wish they would bring the show back. During the daytime so people can actually stay up to watch. I don't think a movie or a new show would work. Especially without the original cast. They are really what made Good Times GoodTimes. These are my questions and comments. Thank You!!


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