Ain’t we happy we got em? “Good Times” aired on CBS from February 1974 through August 1979. The story of a poor Black family trying to make the best of life in Chicago’s housing projects became an instant hit.
ESSENCE.com revisits some of the fond memories shared on the set. Keep clicking to find your favorite moment.
On-screen, J.J. and dad had great chemistry as James Evans often busted his namesake’s chops. However, once the cameras went off, John Amos was becoming increasingly frustrated with the show straying in the direction of stereotypes.
Before she was in "Control or welcoming fans behind the “Velvet Rope,” Janet Jackson won our hearts as Penny Gordon on the show. Though she had many great lines and costarred in dozens of shows, the most memorable episode was the serious plotline of being burned with an iron by her mom. The incident opened the door for her to be adopted by Willona, our choice all along.
In the opening episode of season four, the family learns that dad James Evans has been killed in an accident while traveling for work. Viewers could feel the lost of the first up close depiction of a strong Black father on television. And Florida’s exclamation of “damn, damn, damn” when she heard the news, remains an iconic moment and phrase.