A poor African-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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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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Although the show was a spin-off from Maude (1972), there were no actual references to that show or its characters. On that series, Florida was Maude Findlay's housekeeper in suburban New York, and her husband Henry was employed as a firefighter. On this show, Florida and her husband James live in Chicago and there is no mention of their previous jobs, James ever going by the name Henry, or having ever lived in New York. In fact, Florida and neighbor Willona Woods are longtime friends, and are believed to have lived in Chicago for several years. However, in one episode, Florida mentioned that she was a maid. 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 »

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Nathan Bookman: I'm appalled. I mean, the thought of a Christmas bonus never entered my mind.
Willona Evans: Oh, I'm glad, honey, 'cause it never entered our minds, either.
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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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