Watch Good Times
- 6 Seasons
Good Times is a story about a middle class poor African American family living in the projects, in the ghetto. The show evolves around their struggles, pains, disappointments, and successes as a family. The Evans family is not the average two parent black family. In the mid 70's the presence of a father in the household is unheard of. John Amos plays the strong headed, hot tempered father James Evans, who works hard to keep food on the table and a roof over his family's head. His determination to survive is only get harder, due to his lack of education, which causes him to be overlooked for jobs and promotions. Esther Rolle plays the loving and stern wife and mother who supports her family choices when they are right, and criticizes them when they make the wrong choice. Her honesty, and warm spirit vibrates throughout the show. Jimmie Walker plays their eldest son, JJ. He has dreams of becoming a world renowned artist, and in the mean time, he is a lady's man. Bernadette Stanis plays their daughter Thelma; her dream is to become a famous dancer on Broadway. Ralph Carter plays Michael the Scholar and their youngest child. His dream is to become a lawyer, and the first black Supreme Court judge. The other characters in the show are the Janitor Nathan Bookman, Janet Jackson as Penny, the little girl across the hall, and Ja'net Du Bois as Willona woods the noisy, nosy neighborhood. The sitcom focuses its' attention on a black family, whose values and morals are not typical for a black family living in the ghetto. Their dreams hopes and expectations of making it out of the ghetto is what keeps them motivated and uplifted. February 8, 1974 the show aired on CBS and lasted until the later part of 1979. In 1975, after two taped episodes at the CBS television station in Hollywood, Good Times moved to Norman Lear Production Company in Metromedia Square. Although, Norman Lear developed the sitcom, the success of the show is accredited to Michael Evans and Eric Monte. The series were based out of Chicago.