A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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 Thelma Evans / ... (132 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Michael Evans (131 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. (128 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Willona Woods (120 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Florida Evans (103 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 James Evans, Sr. (58 episodes, 1974-1976)
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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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"Dy-no-mite!" became such a popular catch phrase as a result of Jimmie Walker and Good Times, that it led to the creation of Dynamite the popular children's magazine, which was published from 1974 to 1992. Jimmie Walker appeared on the cover in April of 1975. See more »

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J.J.: Thelma, I think I got VD!
Thelma: VD! The only way you can get that is by... JJ!... well who is it?
[JJ looks at her]
Thelma: ... Mariaane Thomas? Sweet little Marianne Thomas? ooooooWOOO!
Michael: [Michael comes out of the room with his text book] JJ what you say you got?
J.J.: VD
Michael: [looking up VD] It says here you can only get VD by... ooooooWooo!
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Awesome!
29 May 2004 | by (South Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this show was on my UPN (UPN Atlanta) and it currently airs weekdays at 11 PM. That's when I got hooked!!!

I bought the second season DVD (gotta buy the first one, I know!)

I love this show! It's hilarious and had good story lines!

The show lost some of it's touch after James died but I still like it.

Thelma's husband in the last season was annoying but, ehh...what are you gonna do?

It was the first show to ever portray a low class African American family. (most other like The Jeffersons and more recently The Cosby Show show the familes in a middle-high class status.)

I love this show (and I'm white) though whether you're white, black, Mexican, asian, or whatever I'm sure you'll love Good Times!


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