A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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 Michael Evans (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Thelma Evans / ... (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Willona Woods (128 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Florida Evans (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James Evans, Sr. (61 episodes, 1974-1976)
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 Nathan Bookman (57 episodes, 1975-1979)
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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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Among J.J.'s many girlfriends, the ones that were mentioned the most were Henrietta, "Boom Boom" Belinda, Francine "The Furnace" and Samantha "the Human Panther". Henrietta played by Tina Andrews, Samantha played by Debbi Morgan, and Diana Buchanan played by Debbie Allen were the only ones that appeared on-screen See more »

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J.J.: Van Gough, and Rembrandt, don't be uptight, cause here comes KID DYNOMITE.
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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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