Good Times (1974–1979)

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

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 Willona Woods (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
Ralph Carter ...
 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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 Florida Evans (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James Evans, Sr. (61 episodes, 1974-1976)
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 Nathan Bookman (58 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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John Amos's character was named Henry when he would appear on Maude (1972). Interestingly, James' father was named Henry. See more »

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Thelma: Mama might be in a tv commercial!
JJ: Hey! That'd be groovy, bein' the son of a famous movie star, I'd have my own Cadillac to drive down and get my food stamps!
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Ain't we Lucky We Got Em
30 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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