Samuel Foster, a hard-working man trying to support his family in a South London multi-storey council flat. The Samuel character was based on the fictional character James Evans Sr. in Good... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ...  Samuel Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Isabelle Lucas Isabelle Lucas ...  Pearl Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Carmen Munroe Carmen Munroe ...  Vilma 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Lenny Henry ...  Sonny Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Sharon Rosita Sharon Rosita ...  Shirley Foster 27 episodes, 1976-1977
Lawrie Mark Lawrie Mark ...  Benjamin Foster 26 episodes, 1976-1977
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Samuel Foster, a hard-working man trying to support his family in a South London multi-storey council flat. The Samuel character was based on the fictional character James Evans Sr. in Good Times. Alongside Beaton, was Canadian actress Isabelle Lucas, portraying Samuel's wife, Pearl Foster (Florida Evans in the original), who gossips with her best friend, Vilma, played by Carmen Munroe. Vilma was originally the character Willona Woods, who in the American version, gossips with Florida on every one inside (and outside) the housing projects, much to James' dismay. Munroe and Beaton would later star in Desmond's as married couple Shirley and Desmond Ambrose.

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Comedy | Family

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UK

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English

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9 April 1976 (UK) See more »

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(27 episodes)
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Lenny Henry eventually became disillusioned with the series as it was written by white writers, who he felt did not understand how a black British family lived and ignored his suggestions on how to make the characters and storylines more accurate. See more »

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Remake of Good Times (1974) See more »

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The Fosters 1976
25 April 2015 | by homeslyncSee all my reviews

Just to correct the last reviewer, Samuel Foster was a Father of 3, but that's pretty obvious. What's amazing is that I remember watching the show when it first came out, It was great to see Black folk on TV and we all loved Lenny Henry. looking back now living in America and after seeing every episode of Good Times. I can see why it didn't last more than 2 seasons in Briton. It's not that the acting wasn't good for the times, and it was really amazing to see a black family on TV back in 1976, but the struggles and mentality of Black people in Briton and that of Black Americans weren't exactly transferable. I wish they didn't borrow so much from the American version. Still happy to have had it on. and to have found it again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gJ49S9tdN4


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