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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Amos and Jimmie Walker appeared in Let's Do It Again (1975). See more »

Goofs

Starting near the end of Season Four, and continuing throughout the rest of the series, the "Cabrini-Green" housing project backdrop outside of the Evans' window changed, revealing a glaring mistake of scale and perspective.

The left side of the backdrop stayed as it had in earlier seasons (with a view of another Cabrini-Green brick tower across the way), while the right side of the backdrop showed a Chicago skyline, with the Hancock Tower in the background (as it should have looked when viewed from the former site of the Cabrini-Green housing project). This backdrop is correct visually.

For an unknown reason, near the end of Season Four, the right side of the backdrop (which formerly showed the Chicago skyline) changed to a "visual repeat" of the left side of the backdrop (the Cabrini-Green brick tower). The scale and perspective of this "repeat" of the backdrop results in a background that could not possibly exist in real life - the size of the floors of the building do not line up, and the scale of the floors of the building on the right does not match with those on the left (one floor on the right side equals four floors on the left). See more »

Quotes

Florida Evans: [Florida is shocked when she sees the young boy who delivers drugs to people, like J.J's girlfriend] But James, he's still a baby!
James: Well, this ain't his talcum powder!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.16 (2016) See more »

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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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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