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Friday, September 19, 2008

Good Times [Third Season] (1976)

Starring:

  • Esther Rolle
  • John Amos
  • Ja'net DuBois
  • Jimmie Walker
  • Bern Nadetta Stanis
  • Ralph Carter

Episode Guide:

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Centered on the strong-willed but loving parents Florida and James Evans (Esther Rolle and John Amos), Good Times spun out stories of poverty and resilience that skillfully balanced comedy and politics. An episode in which James returns a found bag of money stolen from a bank doesn't trot out bland homilies about honesty, but becomes a surprisingly multilayered debate about civic virtue. In one of the second season's comic centerpieces, the Evans family avoids eating a neighbor's meatloaf because they think it's made with dog food. The scene is played as hilarious farce, but the acknowledgment of a poor old woman living on dog food gives the sequence an underlying bite. The commentary rarely feels forced; at its best, the show drew significance out of the characters' daily lives. An episode about a pregnant teen ends on an unexpectedly moving note, without any strings on the soundtrack to cue the audience's heartstrings--that's solid writing and acting. With buffoonish Jimmy "Dy-no-mite!" Walker, foxy Ja'Net Du Bois, sweet BernNadette Stanis, and militant Ralph Carter rounding out the cast, Good Times is a time capsule both for fashion (even though they lived in the projects, the Evans' fashion-plate neighbor Willona, played by Du Bois, was rarely without a glamorous get-up) and for a time in which mainstream sitcoms had the freedom to reflect the tougher side of reality.

4 comments:

Jesse said...

What a great post! Several days ago I bought DVD with 1st season, love that TV series! Thaaanks man!

Jesse said...

Oops it seems that the link for 3rd season is for the 2nd season :(( If you found some free time to fix it, it will be nice! Now i'm still amazed and enjoying 2nd series! Thanks Dyno-Mate! lol

Self-Science said...

Ok I fixed it. thanks for notifying me. Enjoy and I do have Season 4, 5 and 6. I will try to get them up as soon as possible. I wasn't sure if anybody paying these any attention.

Anonymous said...

how do i open the files where i can put on a dvd.i can't remember how i did it years ago!

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