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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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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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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

Chip Fields auditioned for the role of Thelma Evans, but didn't get it. The producers kept her in mind, and she was later cast as Penny's abusive mother. Eventually Chip's daughter, Kim Fields, was featured on the show as a friend of Penny's, and one of the students on Florida's bus. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

JJ: And now to open Thelma's present - the wonderful cap!
Thelma: How'd you know that?
JJ: I did a little search and seizure in your room the other day... Ah! The color I wanted!
Thelma: That's not the one I bought!
JJ: I know, I already exchanged it! - when the chicks see this hat, I'm gonna have wall to wall hickeys!
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Featured in Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) See more »

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John Amos was Robbed!
25 July 2005 | by jbrill23See all my reviews

This is a classic show. It is a crime that John Amos never received an Emmy nomination for his role on this show. Like most shows, it went on a little too long but for fans, each season has it's moments. It was a ground breaking, memorable and well acted for a sitcom. Having recently watched a few episodes, I was happy to see that it still holds up after all these years. JJ has to be the unlikeliest playa in the history of television but he always had a lot of girls, which is funny to me. There were a lot of behind the scenes issues, which led to cast members leaving the show. This affected the quality in later years. Classic episodes include the unfortunate death of James Evans and the one where Penny falls down the elevator shaft. Damn! Damn! Damn!


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