Good Times (1974–1979)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,943 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 27 critic

A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 01 Dec 2010
 
a list of 42 titles
created 31 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 04 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Good Times" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Good Times (1974–1979)

Good Times (1974–1979) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Good Times.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977   1976   1975   1974  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
What's Happening!! (1976–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

What's Happening is loosely based on the 1975 movie Cooley High written by Eric Monte. Monte created What's Happening and was also a co-creator and writer for the TV series Good Times.

Stars: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer
227 (1985–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
All in the Family (1971–1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
Maude (1972–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
What's Happening Now! (1985–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"What's Happening Now!" is a sequel to "What's Happening!," a TV series about the adult main characters (Raj, Dwayne, Rerun, Shirley, and Dee) as teenagers/children.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Anne-Marie Johnson, Haywood Nelson
That's My Mama (1974–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is ... See full summary »

Stars: Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields
Three's Company (1977–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
Living Single (1993–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Follows the lives of several single male and female roommates and friends in 1990s Brooklyn, New York.

Stars: Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander
Alice (1976–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Willona Woods / ... (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
Ralph Carter ...
 Michael Evans (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
...
 Thelma Evans / ... (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
...
 James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. / ... (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
...
 Florida Evans (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
...
 James Evans, Sr. (61 episodes, 1974-1976)
...
 Nathan Bookman (58 episodes, 1975-1979)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(133 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In real life John Amos was only 8 years older than Jimmie Walker and 14 years older than BernNadette Stanis. See more »

Quotes

[JJ's just been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery]
Policeman: J.J. you fit the description of the suspect - a tall, skinny, young, black man.
JJ: You just described most of Chicago!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: The Kibbutz (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Let the Good Times Roll
2 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good Times was a groundbreaking comedy about the first nuclear black family living in the Chicago projects. Whether or not, you live in the inner cities, ghettos, suburbs, or rural countryside, this show is still a treasure to watch and observe a family being just a family rather than a show about a poor black family. But they don't dwell on it. They find humor and have strong family values and morals. Despite the story behind the scenes, this show was worth keeping on the air except I didn't like them killing off the father which I agreed with Esther Rolle who fought hard to keep the family together. But despite all the fights behind the scenes, Good Times was a show about a family. We all loved JJ's dynamite and his antics. We watched Janet Jackson's Penny grow up a little. This show was groundbreaking to show despair in drugs, gangs, and alcoholism. Without being to preachy, The Evans always tried to do the right thing rather than do something wrong to get out of the ghetto.


15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hotcomb rerunwatcher
Bookmam rerunwatcher
how/why mschocolatgirl
I hate these episodes bmjohnson1006
Michael And JJ Were Both Forced Into A Gang! leighabc123
Thelma's Education bmjohnson1006
Discuss Good Times (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page