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The Judy Cohen Story 

JJ gets Michael's band a job at a tavern. While the pay is good, Florida does not want Michael to be playing in a bar. When JJ is at the tavern, he hears another singer (Judy Cohen) and knows that she has real talent to make it big.

Director:

Gerren Keith

Writers:

Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Esther Rolle ... Florida Evans
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans (as Bern Nadette Stanis)
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
Judith Cohen Judith Cohen ... Judith Cohen
Bill Henderson ... Night Club Owner
William Pierson ... Marty Mitchell
Dick Gjonola Dick Gjonola ... Jack Simmons
Thomas Powl Thomas Powl ... Dwayne Collins
Marvin Adams Jr. Marvin Adams Jr. ... Raymond Harris
Joe Coffey Joe Coffey ... Otis Johnson
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JJ gets Michael's band a job at a tavern. While the pay is good, Florida does not want Michael to be playing in a bar. When JJ is at the tavern, he hears another singer (Judy Cohen) and knows that she has real talent to make it big.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Quotes

James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: I'm a manager without a group.
Judith Cohen: Well, I'm a group without a manager.
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Soundtracks

Send In The Clowns
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Judith Cohen
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Not the worst episode, but it's close
20 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Judy Cohen Story" opens with Michael's singing group rehearsing for a $150 prize in a talent contest at the newly opened Blue Cross. JJ's ambitions as a manager are motivated by greed and groupies, while Florida refuses to allow her 15 year old son to perform in an adult night club. The discouraged JJ finds himself in similar company with Judith Cohen (playing herself), a self deprecating comedienne and singer whose show business aspirations convince JJ that she has talent. Incredibly, her performance as a singing clown wins the $150, along with a new manager to replace the ousted JJ. Judith Cohen's career went no further than this lone showcase, her proposed series never getting off the ground. Many regard this as the worst episode, but the opening performance of 'Michael and the Dynomites' raises it above that, all downhill from there (Michael would sing again in "That's Entertainment, Evans Style," and at sister Thelma's wedding to kick off the sixth season). JJ's failures as a talent manager would continue in "The Comedian and the Loan Shark."


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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