A poor African-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Willona Woods 133 episodes, 1974-1979
...  Michael Evans 133 episodes, 1974-1979
...  Thelma Evans / ... 133 episodes, 1974-1979
...  James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. 133 episodes, 1974-1979
...  Florida Evans 109 episodes, 1974-1979
...  James Evans, Sr. 61 episodes, 1974-1976
...  Nathan Bookman 58 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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Trivia

Penny's real first name was Millicent. The name "Penny" derived from the word "cent" in her name. See more »

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Over the years, Willona's ex-husband had 3 different names: Alvin, Ray, and Roger. He appeared in 1 episode, as Ray. 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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Awesome!
29 May 2004 | by 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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