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Good Times Movie? Maybe. Check How You Can See It!


(AllHipHop News) “Good Times” is a staple in Black television history – all history for that matter. Now, the original living cast is trying to get the ball rolling on a new movie that represented a Black family in the project of Chicago.

“Good Times” originally aired from February 8, 1974 to August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and further developed by Norman Lear. The stars of the show were Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Ja’net Du Bois, Bern Nadette Stanis and Ralph Carter.

There are some significant challenges to this otherwise cool idea. Esther Rolle, the mother in “Good Times,” died in 1998 at the age of 78. The father character James Evans, played by John Amos, was killed off the show in 1976 after Amos had creative issues with Norman Lear.

Collectively, the cast plead their case why this movie should be supported nearly 40 years after the show was a hit.

   This is it, we’re making a Good Times Movie. The only question is:

      How big can we make it? We need your help.

             From the day we walked off the set of Good Times, forty years ago, all we have heard is  When are you going to have a Good Times reunion? Our audience have told us they need completion. They tell us we are not finished with the first Black T.V. family show. What happened? We want to see our favorite family show back on T.V.

              Well, here it is a chance to make that happen. We as a cast have always said maybe one day, we will have a reunion. That one day is here now. It is not just up to us, it is up to our millions of fans who have the power to make it happen.

               During these forty years as a cast we have been giving a numerous amount of scripts that were written about what happened to the Evans’ family. The ideas are countless, but as a group we have made a decision on where each character should go  and what this long awaited script should be about.  We are bursting at the seems to bring this exciting movie to you. All that we can tell you at this point is that it will be exactly what you expect from us and more.

                 I am sure you will agree that the ones who can tell the stories of each character are those who have lived with those characters for forty years. That would be each one of us in the cast. Therefore in this movie we will have great input into what our characters will be about now. The success of kick-starter will give us as a cast control of what this movie will be about. Therefore bringing great satisfaction to our audience and to us as a cast who wants to bring nothing but the best to you.

            We as the cast have decided to go on the Kick-starter website because we had heard this would be excellent in making the dream of a Good Times Movie Re-Union happen. We checked it out, studied the success of some of your favorite artists who have decided to bring their projects right here on kick-starter and have been very successful in seeing their projects become a reality through the help of their fabulous fans. This is exactly what we want our fans and Good Time lovers to do for our project. Support us in making this movie happen. You will become an active part of bringing this generational movie to the big screen.           

    Let all of those wonderful memories, those back in the day memories, come back to you with a brand new flare. You know the ones when you watched the show with your mom and dad and grandparents. Sitting in the living room watching that one television set, on CBS one of three stations back then. Well I hope its bringing a smile to your face because its bringing a smile to mine. Those were truly fond memories that we will never forget as we pass the tradition on of watching the show with our children and grandchildren.

                 Good Times has become a family staple in many American homes. The Evans Family was an African American family placed in the Cabrini Green projects in Chicago. It’s been playing on television somewhere in the world for 37 consecutive years. Proving that GoodTimes  is not just an African American show, it is an American iconic show that all people have come to love. It has found its place not only in television history but in the hearts of people all over the world.

                  The Good Time Family as we call ourselves, want to thank each and every one of our fans for the love and support all of you have shown us throughout these forty most wonderful years that we have known each other.

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  • Q.

    Florida should’ve been sceaming NO! NO! NO! Good Times was a staple growing up, but please don’t remake it…We don’t need to see Black people suffering in the projects again on TV, 40 years later. We can walk around urban America and see plenty of suffering forreal. Plus, Cabrini doesn’t even exist anymore. Damn.
    If these actors need work hit up Tyler Perry or sum’n for a bit role. But don’t remake this ghetto sh!t. Trying to reinforce Black inferiority complices with these PROGRAMS: Roots remake, Underground, Good Times remake. FOH!

    #RULESOFWHITESUPREMACY

    • RapItUp

      I agree.. This should be put in the time capsule and relived that way.. Not rehashed for a reunion show/do-over..

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        They do reunion shows all the time, I seen it when it first came out about 3 wks ago and the response was great. Sure it might not register with the young, but, i think it should altleast be given the chance, before the criticism. JMO.

      • RapItUp

        oo wow like.. broadway style? do they do something live? I know the young won’t vibe it.. I def. ain’t knocking the first black fam on sitcom, I just fear they still view us as ol’ grit cooking, neck bone sucking, extra salt addin…

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        They also touch subject the network won’t show nowadays. almost 4 decades man. I thinks a great idea.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      What has Dr Dre done for Compton?

      • Q.

        You tell me.

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  • Papi Peligro

    A reunion sounds hot I dont know about a movie in the big screen but a made for TV. Uncle JJ would be hilarious. Bring John Amos back from Heaven.

  • This is dumb as f*ck. If you can’t get all of the original cast to do it (and at least 10 years earlier mind you) then what’s the point? It just seems like a gimmick to put money in the pockets of those who haven’t found success since the show ended (that would mean everyone except John Amos). And how you gonna rock the show when they killed James off and the actress playing his wife on the show died in real life? The f*ckery, I tell you….

  • Markus

    Loved that show. Rest in peace to Esther Rolle,the strongest, most real matriarch in TV history. Haven’t been anything really like her on screen since she portrayed Florida Evans with such grace and skill.