Good Times (1974–1979)
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Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah 

Michael is selected to be bussed to a school in a more affluent and predominantly white section of Chicago. However, he is against it due to his strong views. James does convince him, in ... See full summary »

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Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
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Mr. Pearson
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Michael is selected to be bussed to a school in a more affluent and predominantly white section of Chicago. However, he is against it due to his strong views. James does convince him, in his own way, to get on the bus. However, Michael is nervous that he won't fit in and Florida is afraid that her youngest child might be a target of violence due to the color of his skin. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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1 October 1974 (USA)  »

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The title comes from the song "The Camptown Races", written by American composer Stephen Foster See more »

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Ralph Carter courtesy of the Broadway musical "Raisin". (Closing credits. This original Broadway production ran from October 1973 to December 1975.) See more »

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References The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Good Times
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky (as Blinky Williams)
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Ron Glass as Mr. Pearson
2 January 2017 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah" finds the 'Militant Midget' picketing the school board with the boiler not working: "if you can read this you didn't go to Harding Elementary School!" Ron Glass guest stars as his principal, Mr. Pearson, who remembers Thelma as a 'bright student,' but recalls JJ as something else: "oh yeah!" He shows James and Florida a document that they supposedly signed, stating their refusal to allow Michael to be bused to an excellent white school: "black ain't beautiful on a yellow bus!" Giving their assurance that Michael will be on that bus, Mr. Pearson has one more stop to make with the janitor: "his union won't allow him to come to the school to fix the boiler until the boiler's fixed!" Michael's aspiration to become a Supreme Court Justice makes for a solid explanation to get him on that bus, though the 6AM wake up frustrates his older brother: "the only ones up that early are the garbage men, and the way the streets look they're dropping it off instead of picking it up!"


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