Good Times


Good Times
Good Times starred Esther Rolle as Florida Evans and John Amos as her husband, James Evans, Sr. The characters originated on the sitcom Maude with Florida employed as Maude Findlay's housekeeper in upstate New York. Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a rented project apartment in a housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago. Florida and James' children were James, Jr., also known as "J.J." (Jimmie Walker), Thelma (Bern Nadette Stanis), and Michael (Ralph Carter). Their exuberant neighbor, and Florida's best friend, was Willona Woods (played by Ja'net Du Bois), a recent divorcée. Her daughter Millicent 'Penny' Woods (Janet Jackson) joined the show later. Willona would affectionately call Michael Evans "Gramps", because of his wisdom. J.J.'s enthusiastic "dyn-o-mite!" became the show's catchphrase.

Genre: Comedy

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    • Episode 24

      24. The End Of The Rainbow

      aired: Wed, Aug 1, 1979

      Good fortune shines on the Evans family and creates the happiest day of Florida's life! J.J.'s painting finally pays off, Willona is moving uptown, and Keith and Thelma have special surprise of their own.

    • Episode 23

      23. A Matter Of Mothers

      aired: Wed, Jul 18, 1979

      Willona is forced into the stand of a lifetime when Penny's natural mother comes to reclaim Willona's adopted daughter. Penny and Willona are at first pleasantly surprised when special gifts begin arriving from a mysterious source, but horrified when they discover just who that source is.

    • Episode 22

      22. The Physical

      aired: Wed, Jul 11, 1979

      Florida's efforts to pass an important medical exam for work may be thwarted by a well?meaning gift from the very children she cares about most. Things turn from bad to worse when Michael's attempts to deal with the troublesome gift land him in the city jail.

    • Episode 21

      The End of the Rainbow

      aired: Wed, Aug 1, 1979

      J.J. has some fast decisions to make when he mistakenly enters an important art contest...with someone else's painting. J.J. wants to admit the honest error, but to point out the mistake may cost him far more than he can afford.

    • Episode 20

      A Matter of Mothers

      aired: Wed, Jul 18, 1979

      J.J.'s far-reaching search for a date overlooks an eager candidate who takes some dangerous steps to insure that she'll never be forgotten again. The pretty T.C. is tired of being just like "one of the guys," but her latest attempt to snag J.J. may ruin their relationship forever.

    • Episode 19

      19. Where Have All The Doctor's Gone?

      aired: Wed, Jun 13, 1979

      Florida's anxious search for a doctor turns to anger when the only one she finds is too busy to be interested in her problem. Doctor Brown is eager to leave the problems of the projects and move to an easier practice uptown, but she'll have to deal with Florida Evans first.

    • Episode 18

      18. Blood Will Tell

      aired: Wed, Jun 6, 1979

      J.J.'s got something that Sweet Daddy wants, and whether or not he gives it up will be a matter of life or death, but this time for Sweet Daddy. J.J.'s rare blood type will save the life of his neighborhood's long?time tormentor. Now he must decide whether that life should be saved at all...

    • Episode 17

      Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

      aired: Wed, Jun 13, 1979

      Florida's interest in one of her young passengers solves one serious problem, but creates another when the youth becomes convinced that his own mother doesn't care about him, on the conclusion of a two?part episode.

    • Episode 16

      16. Florida's Favorite Passenger Part 1

      aired: Wed, May 23, 1979

      Florida's concern for one of her young passengers puts her on a collision course with the child's mother, until his problem becomes a matter of life or death, on the first of a two -part episode.

    • Episode 15

      15. House Hunting

      aired: Wed, Jan 3, 1979

      The Evans family sets out to buy their first house, but even after pooling their resources, find there are still major obstacles to overcome. Although it is no mansion, Florida and J.J. have found the house of their dreams, and the family is drawn together as they anxiously wait for word on their loan.

    • Episode 14

      14. Cousin Raymond

      aired: Mon, Jan 1, 1979

      A visit from Florida' now wealthy cousin becomes an expensive group of gifts for all the Evanses, until Florida discovers just where all this money is coming from.

    • Episode 13

      13. The Evans' Dilemma

      aired: Mon, Jan 1, 1979

      The Evans family looks with alarm at Keith's deepening depression and anger, and find themselves in crisis when they discover the cause. When Thelma is finally shocked into the discovery of Keith's problem, it may be too late.

    • Episode 12

      12. The Travelling Christmas

      aired: Wed, Dec 20, 1978

      Keith's boss refuses to let him off on Christmas Eve, so the entire Evans family goes "on the road" with a Yuletide celebration that includes singing, dancing and comedy. J.J. acts as master of ceremonies for Florida, Willona, Thelma and Penny, who team up as the "Pointless Sisters" with a rendition of "Steam Heat." Bookman (as Santa) does a disco dance, and the talented Keith favors his audience with impressions. Ralph Carter as Michael Evans sings "Rock You to Your Socks," a song that he composed.

    • Episode 11

      11. The Snow Storm

      aired: Wed, Dec 13, 1978

      Florida becomes part drill sergeant, part den mother to a busload of school children trapped in a deserted tenement building during a frigid Chicago snowstorm.

    • Episode 10

      10. The Witness

      aired: Sat, Dec 9, 1978

      J.J. is the only witness to a serious auto accident and now, depending on his testimony, he'll lose either his family or his face.

    • Episode 9

      9. J.J. And The Plumber's Helper

      aired: Sat, Dec 2, 1978

      An unemployed J.J. is torn between his old emotions and the flat broke facts when a special girlfriend returns to town with her extravagant tastes. J.J. tries desperately to avoid the truth... and may find out too late the high cost of his deception.

    • Episode 8

      Michael's Decision

      aired: Wed, Nov 8, 1978

      Michael first stuns the Evans family with his decision to move out... and then shocks them totally with the second part of his plan. Florida, realizing that no amount of screaming will make Michael change his mind, tries a more silent approach that she hopes will keep her family together.

    • Episode 7

      7. J.J. The Teacher

      aired: Sat, Oct 21, 1978

      J.J.'s well meaning efforts to give art lessons to a couple of local kids may be hazardous to his health. The Evanses are mystified by the unusual behavior of J.J.'s most talented student, until they meet the reason for his strange behavior face to face.

    • Episode 6

      Stomach Mumps

      aired: Sat, Oct 14, 1978

      Willona manufacturers a wild tale of "stomach mumps" to explain a 13-year-old's pregnancy in a misguided attempt to protect her own teenage daughter from the facts of life.

    • Episode 5

      5. Florida Gets A Job

      aired: Sat, Oct 7, 1978

      Florida needs a job, the corrupt Alderman Davis needs a favor and J.J. just might be able to help then both.

    • Episode 4

      4. Florida's Homecoming Part 4

      aired: Sat, Sep 30, 1978

      Double tragedy threatens the Evans family - Thelma's new husband, football star Keith Anderson, stands to lose his $1,000,000 contract and J.J. faces the jaws of a greedy loan shark.

    • Episode 3

      3. Florida's Homecoming Part 3

      aired: Sat, Sep 23, 1978

      It's the BIG DAY - Thelma walks down the aisle to marry handsome All-American football star Keith Anderson. While the Evans family and friends are joyfully preparing for Thelma's wedding, "big spender" J.J. must face his menacing creditor with dangerous news. Michael contributes to his sister's beautiful formal wedding by singing the touching ballad "You and I."

    • Episode 2

      2. Florida's Homecoming Part 2

      aired: Sat, Sep 16, 1978

      Wedding bells are ringing for Thelma and Keith but they may not be heard over their arguing. Florida arrives home for her daughter's wedding, and discovers more heartbreak than happiness in the household.

    • Episode 1

      1. Florida's Homecoming Part 1

      aired: Sat, Sep 16, 1978

      Thelma gives a dinner party for her new boyfriend with such sensational results that Florida rushes home from Arizona to see what's happening. College football star Keith Anderson proves adept at making as many points with the Evanses as he does on the field.

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    • Episode 24

      The Lunch Money Ripoff

      aired: Tue, Mar 18, 1975

      A small fry extortionist bullies Michael into handing over his lunch and milk money on a daily basis, a disturbing situation Michael tries to keep from his family.

    • Episode 23

      Thelma's Scholarship

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      It's like a dream come true when Thelma gets a scholarship offer from an exclusive girl's school -- until a visitor from the school gives the family reason to re-evaluate.

    • Episode 22

      Enlistment, The

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      The Evans family faces an economic crisis after both James and J.J. lose their jobs. J.J. takes some drastic steps in hopes of helping his family, but neither his father nor the world is ready for his solution.

    • Episode 21

      My Girl, Henrietta

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      The Evans family's joy at finally getting to meet J.J.'s girl Henrietta is shrouded by J.J.'s declaration that his immediate future could include Henrietta and matrimony.

    • Episode 20

      The Houseguest

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Flashy threads and tales of wealth and influence accompany Ernie Harris as he visits his boyhood pal, James Evans, after some 30 years, but James soon fears there is more to Ernie and his visit than meets they eye.

    • Episode 19

      The Dinner Party

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Would you eat meat loaf made from pet food? That's the question bothering the Evans family when an elderly neighbor comes to dinner and brings a main course which they assume is made from pet food.

    • Episode 18

      The Debutante Ball

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      J.J.'s being snubbed by snobs -- he doesn't know it, but his family does and they don't like it. While J.J.'s floating on cloud 9 over being asked by the lovely and wealthy Clarissa Robinson to escort her to a posh dance, her snooty parents are looking down their noses at J.J. and his family.

    • Episode 17

      The Family Business

      aired: Tue, Jan 21, 1975

      After being turned down for a loan, the Evans family risks eviction to open a fix-it shop in their apartment. Events now take on a cloak-and-dagger aura as the family tries to keep the building's nosey janitor from finding out about the business.

    • Episode 16

      The Nude

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Budding artist J.J. gets a chance to earn money by painting a portrait, but there's something about the subject that makes Florida says "No!" When J.J. threatens to give up his painting, Florida and James are torn between letting him do the picture and their misgivings about the prospective model.

    • Episode 15

      Florida Goes to School

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      A minor disagreement turns into a marital impasse when Florida's dream of finally getting her high school diploma is clouded by James's unexpected negative opposition to the idea.

    • Episode 14

      florida flips

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      James is sure the good job he's been promised is the answer to the family's inflation woes, but, far from being over, his troubles are only beginning and this time they're in the shape of Florida.

    • Episode 13

      Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Christmas spirits are riding high in the Evans' house, but unfortunately, they're from a bottle being emptied by a teenager. Thelma grapples with one of the nation's largest drug problems -- teenage alcoholism, when she catches her cousin nipping at the family liquor supply.

    • Episode 12

      The Gang: Part 2

      aired: Tue, Nov 19, 1974

      Although J.J. only received a flesh wound when he was shot in a gang war, and in spite of Florida's fears of more violence. James is determined to press charges in court against J.J.'s would-be assassin, Mad Dog, in the conclusion of a two-part story.

    • Episode 11

      The Gang: Part 1

      aired: Tue, Nov 12, 1974

      When the "Satan's Knights" street gang insist J.J. join them in a gunfight with a rival gang, even J.J.'s ready wit and instinct for self-survival fail to keep him out of the rumble in the first part of a two-part story.

    • Episode 10

      The Windfall

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      It takes pressure from Florida to persuade James that the right thing to do is to return the $27,000 in stolen booty he's found, but after he does, Florida discovers his true feelings aren't all he's hiding from her.

    • Episode 9

      Florida, the Matchmaker

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Should every woman be married? Florida says yes, especially if that woman is her best friend Willona. When Willona says no, Florida sets out to be a matchmaker -- in spite of James' warning that no good can come of it.

    • Episode 8

      Thelma's Young Man

      aired: Tue, Oct 15, 1974

      Florida and James are worried about Thelma. She's been dating the same person for over two months and the family has never met him. When she brings home a diamond ring and tells the family she's engaged, her father hits the ceiling.

    • Episode 7

      The I.Q. Test

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Michael thinks the standard I.Q. test given to schoolchildren is unfair to minorities, so as a protest he walks out on the test. Michael's refusal to finish the I.Q. test results in a low score, jeopardizing his chances for higher education.

    • Episode 6

      The Encyclopedia Hustle

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      Five dollars down and two dollars a week almost buys the Evans family an encyclopedia of black history -- and the fine print at the bottom of the "easy-payment" contract buys them a lot of trouble.

    • Episode 5

      J.J. Becomes a Man - Part 2

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      J.J. is in jail on an alleged armed robbery charge and the Evans family is frantically searching for a way to get him out. Though they know their son is innocent. Florida and James don't know how they can come up with the $500 bail -- unless they deal with the friendly neighborhood loan shark.

    • Episode 4

      The Man I Most Admire

      aired: Tue, Oct 8, 1974

      Young Michael's school assignment to write about the man he most admires sets off a chain reaction of events in the Evans household.

    • Episode 3

      J.J. Becomes a Man - Part 1

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      It's J.J's 18th birthday and he's expecting a lot of expensive gifts for his big surprise party, but he's in for an even bigger surprise -- and so are his parents.

    • Episode 2

      Crosstown Busses Run All Day...Doodah, Doodah

      aired: Tue, Oct 1, 1974

      "To bus or not to bus" starts another Evans family fuss when young Michael gets a chance to attend a better school -- across town.

    • Episode 1

      Floriday Flips

      aired: Tue, Feb 15, 2011

      A totally different Florida storms through the family apartment, and promises to burst into a full-fledged hurricane. Not even J.J.'s artistic charms can work any magic on his mother and the rest of the family doesn't make out any better.

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    • Episode 13

      My Son, the Lover

      aired: Tue, Jan 1, 1974

      Marcy Jones (Ta-Tanisha), the most popular girl in high school, has achieved the impossible -- she's turned J.J. into a one-woman man. James Sr. is charmed by J.J.'s heartthrob, but the Evans women aren't nearly as enthusiastic about the situation.

    • Episode 12

      The Checkup

      aired: Tue, Apr 30, 1974

      The kids fear their father's recurring headaches and emotional outbursts are symptoms of hypertension, but Florida thinks the kids are just overreacting -- until James takes out his tenseness on her and the furniture.

    • Episode 11

      The TV Commercial

      aired: Tue, Apr 23, 1974

      A new "health tonic" could help the Evans family cure what's ailing them -- poverty, for Florida is stopped in the supermarket and asked to be the product's television spokeswoman. But, the family's golden goose lays a lead egg when young Michael has a strange reaction to the elixir.

    • Episode 10

      Springtime in the Ghetto

      aired: Tue, Apr 16, 1974

      Florida sets out to not only prove she's the best housekeeper in the project, but also that winning the "best kept apartment" contest is not dependent on who you know.

    • Episode 9

      The Visitor

      aired: Tue, Apr 2, 1974

      The family wishes the hot water young Michael has gotten than into was running through the pipes rather than coming through the door in the person of an angry Housing Authority official.

    • Episode 8

      Junior the Senior

      aired: Mon, Mar 25, 1974

      Based on past performance, the odds in favor of J.J. becoming a high school senior are between slim and none, and the probability of his being held back worries the whole family.

    • Episode 7

      Sex and the Evans Family

      aired: Mon, Mar 18, 1974

      Florida and James are caught living by a double standard -- one for their teenage son and another for their daughter. The problem stems from the fact that there's an "older" man in Thelma's life.

    • Episode 6

      Sex and the Evans Family

      aired: Fri, Mar 15, 1974

      It looks like J.J. won't have to "find" any more art supplies. The aspiring young artist has been found by a man who wants to become his patron. The sweet smell of success begins to go sour, however, when J.J.'s benefactor turns out to be a man James has secretly despised for some 20 years.

    • Episode 5

      Michael Gets Suspended

      aired: Mon, Mar 4, 1974

      You don't mess up in school and get away with it if you're a member of the Evans family. Just ask young Michael, who faces the wrath of his father after being suspended from school.

    • Episode 4

      God's Business Good Business

      aired: Mon, Feb 25, 1974

      Silver-tongued revivalist Reverend Sam, played by guest star Roscoe Lee Browne, believes that religion has its rewards, but he's not waiting for the Hereafter to collect.

    • Episode 3

      Too Old Blues

      aired: Fri, Feb 22, 1974

      Government aptitude and physical tests show that James is a certified, qualified and bonafide candidate for a union apprenticeship program, but his birth certificate says differently.

    • Episode 2

      Black Jesus

      aired: Fri, Feb 15, 1974

      A sudden run of good luck and J.J.'s deistic painting of a local derelict create a religious conflict in the Evans household.

    • Episode 1

      Getting up the Rent

      aired: Mon, Feb 11, 1974

      It looks as though the Evans family will be forced out into the streets because a second job for James hasn't solved his family's troubles, and Florida is opposed to the other solutions because they are either illegal, immoral or embarrassing.

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