A poor African-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ja'net DuBois ...  Willona Woods 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Ralph Carter ...  Michael Evans 133 episodes, 1974-1979
BernNadette Stanis ...  Thelma Evans / ... 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Jimmie Walker ...  James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr. 133 episodes, 1974-1979
Esther Rolle ...  Florida Evans 109 episodes, 1974-1979
John Amos ...  James Evans, Sr. 61 episodes, 1974-1976
Johnny Brown ...  Nathan Bookman 58 episodes, 1975-1979
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Great Day See more »

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Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(133 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

While the writers provided the show's storylines, dialogue was usually a collaboration between writers and cast. During table reads of scripts, the cast would review the draft dialogue and "darken it up", as they recalled later. See more »

Goofs

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

Michael: [as the TV is being taken away] Goodbye John-Boy.
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User Reviews

Awesome!
29 May 2004 | by gluba2000See 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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