After a joyous wedding ceremony, things are anything but happy. Thelma and Keith cannot go on a honeymoon because Keith's leg is broken and it may end his sports career. Also, the loan sharks come to...
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 »
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.
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 »
A man is released on parole under one condition: he must stay under house arrest in care of his son who hadn't spoken to him in years. The son is not too crazy about this idea at all and son's shocked wife and teen daughter even less so.
Paul (aka Pablo) is a Mexican-American living with his family in California as he struggles to break his way into the world of stand-up comedy. His efforts meet with success, but his use of... See full summary »
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
Good Times was a show that made for good viewing and good entertainment. Whether or not one could identify with the story lines or characters, the show was (still is via reruns) insightful and funny. From looking at some of the other comments, some people found the story lines unbelievable and the show too stereotypical. I'm not trying to get people to like the show-everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, people need to realize that sitcoms are not designed to be 100% true to life. If they were, then they'd be documentaries and not sitcoms.
I loved the show. Jimmy "J.J. Walker" did appear to have more scripts written for his character, but I feel the show focused on the other characters as well. Some of my more favorite episodes involved the entire family, like when they got together for the "rent party" and when the kids were selling "hot underwear" to send their parents on vacation. I also enjoy whenever the supposed studio audience went "Whew!" whenever something "heavy" happened like someone getting fake slapped or someone laying some deep wisdom on someone who deserved the lesson. The political commentaries were very well done too. While the stereotyping may have been offensive to some, I think it was all a product of it's time. Some people feel the Evans family was too nice for an under-privileged Black family and should have been "sticking it to the man" and lashing out at society. However, keep in mind that there are plenty of good, entertaining "Blackploitation" films of the same era that are available for rent or purchase, if one needs to see folks turning crime instead of the focus being good family values.
By the way, Ralph Carter was very much alive, last time I checked. He just had a birthday last May. It has rumored that he died for about ten years now. People commenting on the IMDB even say he died even though the IMDB, which seems to be a reliable source about such things, indicates that he is still living. Boy, rumors sure do take on a life of their own despite evidence that shows the contrary.
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