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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During the first three seasons that John Amos was with the show, the closing credits showed a portrait of the Evans family painted by J.J. After Amos was killed off, a mural that J.J. painted for the local bank was shown. During the final season, a painting of the cast was shown during the opening credits and it morphed into a live shot of the cast. See more »

Quotes

Thelma: Has anybody seen my hair-spray?
JJ: Yeah! it's under the sink. I used it last night to wipe-out some bugs!
Thelma: You used my hair-spray on bugs?
JJ: Yeah, but it didn't do nothin for em. They was all bald!
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A very good show.
2 July 2000 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Tresix, I hope you are reading this because I agree with all of your points you have posted. I would like to add one myself. I love all of the episodes except one. That was the two-parter where JJ was shot. What happened was that there was this gang leader named Maddog (his real name was Cleon) who wanted JJ to join their gang. JJ of course did not want to so they barged in to the Evans's home and took him out. While on the way to the rumble, they met JJ's parents and while James tried to get JJ away from them, Maddog took out his gun to try to shoot James but JJ stood in the path of the bullet.

My problem with the story was in part 2 when Maddog and his mother were out side of the courthouse and discussing his father's running out on them years ago. After the mother left, James was infront of the punk who shot his son and instead of beating him to a pulp let him go and was actually sympathetic of him.

I know that the purpose was to make James a better man but the fact that this young man's father deserted him, his mother, and his siblings does not excuse his being a gang member, barging into someones home, or shooting someone.

Other that that, I loved every episode of the series.


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