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Good Times Plot Summary

Good Times first aired in February 1974 as a mid-season replacement and went on for six years. This spinoff of the TV series, Maude, centered on the Evans family. In Maude Esther Rolle had portrayed Florida Evans, the black housekeeper, but in Good Times Florida and her family were struggling to survive in a South Side ghetto in Chicago.

Florida was married to James Evans (in Maude his name was Henry) and they had three children, J.J., Thelma and Michael. The Evans family also had a next door neighbor, Willona Woods who was also a main character.

At the beginning of 1976-1977 season, John Amos, who portrayed James, left the series. The writers decided to kill him off in a car accident, leaving Florida to run the household by herself. But then a year later, Esther Rolle decided to leave. She was not happy with the direction of the series. Especially the direction the character, J.J. had taken.

In the 1977-1978 season, with both John Amos and Esther Rolle gone, stories centered around Willona and J.J. In this season, Willona adopted an abused girl, Penny Gordon. Also, the character of Nathan Bookman became a more prominent member of the cast. Bookman was the building superintendent.

In the final season, Esther Rolle returned to the role of Florida. Also that season, Thelma married Keith Anderson and where expecting a child by the final episode.

Spinoff of: Maude

NOTE: Good Times debuted on February 8, 1974. Some resources mistakenly list it as having debuted on February 1, 1974. CBS seemed to leave 3 episode unaired.

CBS Broadcast History

February-September 1974----Fridays----8:30 p.m.

September 1974-March 1976----Tuesdays----8:00 p.m.

March-August 1976----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.

September 1976-January 1978----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m.

January-May 1978----Mondays----8:00 p.m.

June-September 1978----Mondays----8:30 p.m.

September-December 1978----Saturdays----8:30 p.m.

December 1978-January 1979----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m.

May-August 1979----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m.

Nielsen Ratings:

(Top 30 or Better)

#17 in the 1973-1974 Season

#7 in the 1974-1975 Season

#24 in the 1975-1976 Season

#26 in the 1976-1977 Season

First Telecast: February 8, 1974

Last Telecast: August 1, 1979

Episodes: 133 Color Episodes

Theme Song:

"Good Times"

Written by: Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David Grusin

Sung by: Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams

Theme Song: "Good Times"

Written by: Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David Grusin

Sung by: Jim Gilstrap and Blinky Williams

Good Times. Any time you meet a payment.

Good Times. Any time you need a friend.

Good Times. Any time you're out from under.

Not getting hassled, not getting hustled.

Keepin' your head above water, making a wave when you can.

Temporary lay offs. Good Times.

Easy credit rip offs. Good Times.

Scratchin' and surviving. Good Times.

Hangin in a chow line. Good Times.

Ain't we lucky we got 'em. Good Times.

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