57) Black Jesus (Good Times)

The Joker On The Sofa

Good Times was a spin-off of the show Maude which was a spin-off of All in the Family. As far as I know, the Evans family was the first working-class black family on Television (I’m not counting Sanford and Son. I have my reasons). Florida and James Evans (Esther Rolle and John Amos), along with their three children J.J., Thelma, and Michael (Jimmie Walker, Bern Nadette Stanis, and Ralph Carter), live in a poor section of Chicago, but try to get by in a high-rise, despite their poverty. That was how it was supposed to be, at least, but the show soon devolved into the increasingly stupid antics of Kid Dy-No-Mite (J.J.), to the point that John Amos had his character killed off, and Florida was married off to someone in another state, leading her to abandon her 14-year-old son. They really, really wanted off of the show…

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