Good Times Cast and Character Guide (1974 TV series)

Good Times Cast: Good Times, a groundbreaking American television sitcom that graced CBS screens from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979, holds the distinction of being the first African American two-parent family sitcom. Crafted by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, under the executive production of Norman Lear, it emerged as a spin-off of Maude, itself stemming from the iconic All in the Family.

Fast-forward to September 2020, and the exciting news broke that Good Times was set to experience a revival in the form of an animated sitcom. This revival, backed by the creative prowess of Norman Lear, Seth MacFarlane, and Steph Curry, was slated for production on Netflix. However, come December 2023, a new development emerged with Ranada Shepard taking the reins as the showrunner, succeeding Carl Jones. The series continues its journey, not just as a nostalgic gem from the past, but as a dynamic and evolving narrative in the world of animated sitcoms.

Good Times Cast
Good Times Cast
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes133 (list of episodes)
Running time22–24 minutes
ReleaseFebruary 8, 1974 –August 1, 1979
Created byEric Monte and Mike Evans
Developed byNorman Lear
Directed byGerren Keith
Herbert Kenwith
Bob LaHendro
Star castEsther Rolle
John Amos
Ja’Net DuBois
Ralph Carter
Bern Nadette Stanis
Theme music composerDave Grusin
Alan and Marilyn Bergman
ComposersDave Grusin
Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Executive producersNorman Lear (1974-75)
Allan Manings (1975-77)
Austin and Irma Kalish (1977-78)
Norman Paul (1978-79)
ProducersAllan Manings (1974-75)
Jack Elinson (1975-76)
Norman Paul (1975-76)
Production locationsCBS Television City, Hollywood, California (1974-75)
Metromedia Square, Hollywood, California (1975-79)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companyTandem Productions
Cast of Good Times

Good Times Cast

  • Ja’net DuBois as Willona Woods (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • Ralph Carter as Michael Evans (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • BernNadette Stanis as Thelma Evans / Thelma Evans Anderson (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • Jimmie ‘JJ’ Walker as James ‘J.J.’ Evans, Jr. (133 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • Esther Rolle as Florida Evans (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • John Amos as James Evans, Sr. (61 episodes, 1974-1976)
  • Johnny Brown as Nathan Bookman / Mr. Bookman (58 episodes, 1975-1979)
  • Janet Jackson as Millicent ‘Penny’ Woods / Millicent ‘Penny’ Gordon (48 episodes, 1977-1979)
  • Ben Powers as Keith Anderson (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
  • Albert Reed as Alderman Fred Davis / Mr. Wilson (7 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • Teddy Wilson as Sweet Daddy Williams / Stanley Byrd (7 episodes, 1976-1979)
  • Helen Martin as Weeping Wanda Williams / Wanda (7 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • Dap Sugar Willie as Looting Lenny / Santa Claus Lenny (7 episodes, 1976-1979)
  • Moses Gunn as Carl Dixon (6 episodes, 1977)
  • Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard as Monty / Mr. Edwards / Party Guest (5 episodes, 1974-1977)
  • Chip Fields as Linella Gordon / Rochelle (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
  • Larry Greene as Bruno / 2nd Hood – Bruno / Hood #2 / Second Hood (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
  • Raymond Allen as Ned the Wino (4 episodes, 1974-1977)
  • Bubba Smith as Claude (2 episodes, 1978)
  • Richard Ward as Henry Evans (3 episodes, 1975-1978)
  • Alice Ghostley as Hortense Dobbs / Ms. Irma Austin (3 episodes, 1977)
  • Susan Batson as Barmaid / Clerk / Waitress (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
  • Hal Williams as Frank Mitchell / Tom / Willie Washington (3 episodes, 1974-1978)
  • Ta-Tanisha as Marcy / Mary Ann Thomas / The Zodiac Girl (3 episodes, 1974-1979)
  • James Wheaton as Bailiff / Bank Manager / P.J. Hewitt (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
  • Bebe Drake as Mrs. Baker / Savannah Jones (3 episodes, 1976-1979)

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