Good Times

Good Times

Premiering on CBS in 1974, Good Times was a spin-off of Maude. The series centered around Maude's black housekeeper Florida Evans, her husband James, and children J.J., Thelma, and Michael. The Evans also had a next door neighbor Wilona Woods who was also a main character on the show. The family lived in a housing project in southern Chicago and were always struggling to survive. Another main character was Mr. Bookman, the Evans' landlord.

At the beginning of 1976-1977 season John Amos, who played James, left the series. The writers decided to kill off James in a car accident. This left Florida to raise her three children by herself. A year later Esther Rolle, who played Florida, left the series because she was unhappy with the direction the show was taking, especially with J.J's character.

With Florida gone, Wilona and J.J. became the central characters, along with Bookman and the other children. A young Janet Jackson joined the cast as Penny, a victim of abuse who was adopted by Wilona. Esther Rolle returned for the final season of the show in 1979.

Episode Info

Final: 6x24 -- Cousin Raymond

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.
Esther RolleEsther Rolle
As Florida Evans (S01-S04, S06)
John AmosJohn Amos
As James Evans (S01-S03)
JaJa'net DuBois
As Willona Woods
Ralph CarterRalph Carter
As Michael Evans
BernNadette StanisBernNadette Stanis
As Thelma Evans Anderson
Johnny BrownJohnny Brown
As Nathan Bookman (S05-S06; recurring previously)
Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
As Penny Woods (S05-S06)
Ben PowersBen Powers
As Keith Anderson (S06)
Jimmie WalkerJimmie Walker
As James "J.J." Evans, Jr.

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Helen Martin (1) as Wanda (8 eps)
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Albert Reed (1) as Alderman Fred Davis (7 eps)
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Chip Hurd as Rochelle (5 eps)
Matthew "Stymie" Beard as Monty (5 eps)
Hal Williams as Tom (3 eps)
Richard Ward (1) as Henry Evans (3 eps)

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