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Good Times 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1974–1979)
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A poor family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.
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6   5   4   3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977   1976   1975   1974  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Great Day See more »

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tamu Blackwell's Francie Potter character calls Florida an "Aunt Jemima" on Maude. The two team up again; and face off as enemies again; when Tamu Blackwell plays Edna on Good Times; and takes Florida's kids hostage in "Rich is Better than Poor...Maybe." See more »

Goofs

The front door of the Evans apartment is seemingly never locked. People just walk in without knocking. See more »

Quotes

Florida: [after discovering J.J's illegal gambling] J.J, there are two roads out of the ghetto. So far, we've managed to stay on the right road.
J.J.: That's what's taking us so long to get out of here! Look, Ma, tell me one dude in the projects who's got a future that ain't in the rackets.
Florida: You, because you just resigned.
J.J.: Oh, no, Ma. It's MY way out and I'm going to take it.
Florida: Then you can start by getting out of here.
J.J.: Oh, come one, Ma...
[moves forward to hug Florida]
Florida: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.11 (2008) See more »

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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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