Good Times

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  • TV-PG
  • 1974
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.3  (6,634)

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.

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Cousin Raymond
24. Cousin Raymond
January 30, 1980
The Evans home gets a visit from Florida's nephew, Raymond, and hands out gifts for everyone. But Florida refuses to accept them after she learns how he makes his money.
The Art Contest
23. The Art Contest
December 13, 1979
J.J. is teaching art, and one of his students, Emily, has great talent. J.J. asks Bookman to bring his painting to an art contest and picks up the wrong one. In fact, he has brought one of Emily's instead. But when it wins first place, will J.J. be man enough to tell them who the artist really is?
The Evans' Dilemma
22. The Evans' Dilemma
September 18, 1979
Keith has been looking for a job for awhile now, and seems aloof when asked how his day has been. Little do they know that Keith has become an alcoholic.
The End of the Rainbow
21. The End of the Rainbow
August 1, 1979
The series final episode ties up all the loose ends, as J.J. now is employed as a graphic artist with a comic book company, and Keith has been secretly working out with the Bears and just signed on as a free agent. Florida is asked to move in with Keith and Thelma inside their new apartment, which happens to be the same building that Willona just signed a lease for. Michael decides he wants to move away and live in a doom, and the biggest surprise of all awaits Thelma, who announces she is pregnant.
A Matter of Mothers
20. A Matter of Mothers
July 18, 1979
Willona's newest boyfriend, Jeffery has been lavishing gifts on both Penny and herself. Little do they know that Jeffery has been hired to do this by Penny's birth mother, who is trying to make Willona look like a bad mother so she can get her daughter back.
The Physical
19. The Physical
July 11, 1979
Florida has an important physical in the morning to keep her job at the bus company. So it may not be the best time for Michael to wind up in jail.
J.J. and T.C.
18. J.J. and T.C.
June 20, 1979
J.J. has been the subject of T.C.'s affection since she first met him, and now wants to finally ask him to go to a dance with him. But J.J. has always treated her like one of the guys, that is, until he sees her all dressed up in a bar.
Where Have All the Doctors Gone?
17. Where Have All the Doctors Gone?
June 13, 1979
While Penny is left in Florida's care, she comes down with an illness and is brought to the free clinic to be examined. But after a long wait, Florida is greeted by a grumpy female doctor who is planning on leaving the ghetto behind for a better place. Florida tries to convince her how much she is needed in the ghetto, since none of them can afford to go to a hospital.
Blood Will Tell
16. Blood Will Tell
June 6, 1979
Nothing is plain for Sweet Daddy Williams, including his blood type. It's a rare type in which J.J. just happens to have also, and is 'asked' to give Sweet Daddy a transfusion before he dies. Meanwhile, JJ discovers that Sweet's right hand man wants him dead so he can take over his business.
Florida's Favorite Passenger  (2)
15. Florida's Favorite Passenger (2)
May 30, 1979
Larry, a child with a hearing problem, nearly loses his life when he almost walks into a broken elevator shaft. But after his check up at the hospital, he reveals he is running away from home, feeling his mother doesn't care for him enough to know he had a hearing problem.
Florida's Favorite Passenger  (1)
14. Florida's Favorite Passenger (1)
May 23, 1979
Florida takes a young male passenger under her wing when she discovers he has a hearing problem. But for some reason his mother refuses to believe her son has any problems.
House Hunting
13. House Hunting
January 3, 1979
The Evans family have found a house they'd like to move into. But this will all depend on receiving a loan from the bank....
The Traveling Christmas
12. The Traveling Christmas
December 20, 1978
Keith's boss at the cab company refuses to let him have Christmas day off. So Florida comes up with the idea of putting on a show at the cab company for the workers who are stuck there.
The Snow Storm
11. The Snow Storm
December 13, 1978
Florida brings the kids from her school bus into an abandoned building after the bus becomes stuck in a snow storm.
The Witness
10. The Witness
December 9, 1978
Sweet Daddy's lady, Samantha, has a car accident with a cab, and J.J. is a witness. So Sweet Daddy pressures J.J. into saying the cab driver was at fault, but that driver just happens to be Keith.
J.J. and the Plumber's Helper
9. J.J. and the Plumber's Helper
December 2, 1978
J.J.'s old flame Vanessa has returned and he can't break the news that he no longer has a job. Meanwhile, Bookman has a new female assistant name T.C. who has fallen in love with J.J., but he only has Vanessa on his mind.
Michael's Decision
8. Michael's Decision
November 8, 1978
Michael feels the apartment has become too full now that Keith has moved in, and makes plans to move in with a white girl. Although Florida is not too happy about the plans, surprisingly, her parents are all for it feeling that Michael will be a good protector of their little girl.
J.J. the Teacher
7. J.J. the Teacher
October 21, 1978
J.J. offers to give a young kid free art lessons after seeing how his violent father treats him, but his dad still says no.
Stomach Mumps
6. Stomach Mumps
October 14, 1978
Penny asks Willona questions when her 13-year old friend appears to be pregnant. But Willona is not prepared to tell Penny the truth and explains that she is suffering from the stomach mumps.
Florida Gets a Job
5. Florida Gets a Job
October 7, 1978
Both JJ and Florida are looking for work to pay the bills. Florida finds a job as a school bus driver in the want ads, but if Alderman Davis gets his way, the job will be going to one of his relatives.
Florida's Homecoming:  United We Stand
4. Florida's Homecoming: United We Stand
September 30, 1978
J.J. tries to put on a brave face after the wedding, but Keith can't stop thinking that his career is already over before it began. And it the meantime, Sweet Daddy has sent his goons to collect on the loan J.J. took out.
Florida's Homecoming:  The Wedding
3. Florida's Homecoming: The Wedding
September 23, 1978
J.J. takes out $1,000 loan from Sweet Daddy Williams, to help pay for the wedding. All goes off without a hitch until Keith trips over a photographer's foot and tears a knee ligament, jeopardizing his contract with the Chicago Bears.
Florida's Homecoming  (2)
2. Florida's Homecoming (2)
September 16, 1978
There's good news and bad news as Florida finally arrives back from Arizona. She meets her new son-in-law to-be, well, at least he will be as long as Thelma can get past her pre-wedding jitters. Meanwhile, J.J. keeps it quiet that he has lost his job.
Florida's Homecoming  (1)
1. Florida's Homecoming (1)
September 16, 1978
Everyone gets a happy surprise when they learn that Thelma has been dating a famous football star who is in the process of negotiating a $1,000,000 deal with the Chicago Bears. But when he proposes to Thelma, all she has to do is try to get her mother's blessing.
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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.

Good Times is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (210 episodes). The series first aired on February 8, 1974.

Where to Watch Good Times

Good Times is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Good Times on demand at Philo, Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 8, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (6,634)