Good Times (1974–1979)
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Getting Up the Rent 

A shortage of funds for the rent and an eviction notice causes James to take drastic action to get cash.


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Episode cast overview:
Florida Evans
James Evans, Sr.
Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Michael Evans
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
Thelma Evans (as Bern Nadette)
Carl M. Craig ...
Hustler (as Carl Craig)
Monty (as Stymie Beard)
Eddie (as Ernie Banks)


A shortage of funds for the rent and an eviction notice causes James to take drastic action to get cash.

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22 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Third broadcast was actually the pilot
8 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Getting Up the Rent" waited for the third broadcast but was actually the pilot, spun off from MAUDE, where Esther Rolle's Florida character was introduced. Florida's appendix has been removed, and thoughts of rest have to wait until the rent payment is made. At this early stage, J.J. is referred to as 'James Jr.' and is a specialist in 'finding things,' much to his mother's displeasure (he also has yet to find his hat). James insists that his friend Monty (Stymie Beard, first of five) figures they'll be all right, though they're still short $70. With eviction only hours away James brings out the old cue stick for a little hustle, no matter how loudly his bible quoting wife protests. J.J.'s petty thievery would soon be dropped for a more artistic lifestyle, though we learn that he has at least one finished painting, with Michael already in full 'military midget' mode.

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