Good Times (1974–1979)
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J.J. Becomes a Man: Part 1 

J.J. is turning 18 and Florida and James decide to give him some new art supplies as well as a fancy new case. Unfortunately, James is denied credit due to the fact that he was late on a ... See full summary »

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Florida Evans
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James Evans, Sr.
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Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
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Michael Evans
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James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
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Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
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Monty (as Stymie Beard)
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J.J. is turning 18 and Florida and James decide to give him some new art supplies as well as a fancy new case. Unfortunately, James is denied credit due to the fact that he was late on a few payments over the years and as a result they have to give J.J. a much cheaper present. Later that night after a small gathering in the Evans' apartment, J.J. gets arrested for allegedly holding up a liquor store. Now the family begin to worry that J.J.'s 18th birthday will wind up with him doing time in prison. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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17 September 1974 (USA)  »

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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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JJ's 18th birthday
2 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

"JJ Becomes a Man" finds the Evans family planning to celebrate JJ's 18th birthday in style, $75 in new art supplies. JJ enters with news of a new job as a delivery boy where salary is unimportant, something his father knows only too well: "that's what they been telling me all my life, and they prove it by what they pay me!" James is chagrined to learn that the department store's new computer system renders his credit nonexistent: "right now I couldn't get credit in an Eskimo trading post on a used igloo!" Passing 'from boyhood into adultery,' JJ is stunned to receive a sweater for a gift rather than the paint and brushes he expected, but he thanks everyone before leaving for a date. Stymie Beard makes his third of four appearances as James' buddy Monty, interrupting the festivities with news of JJ's arrest for holding up a liquor store.


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