1950's Saturday Morning Shows Tarzan TV show on DVD TimeLife.com Ripcord on DVD Thunderbirds on DVD Lancelot Link Secret Chimp on DVD Tennesee Tuxedo on DVD Fractured Fairy Tales on DVD

 

Good Times TV Show part Three
by Billy (Dy-no-mite!) Ingram
& You, the TVparty Viewer

PART THREE: Controversial episodes

Good TimesEsther Rolle won an Emmy for her role in the TV movie "The Summer Of My German Soldier" in 1978, and won acclaim in 1979 for her dramatic turn in the television adaptation of Maya Angelou's classic "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings".

She passed away in 1999, leaving her career memorabilia (including an Emmy and her 'Good Times' scripts) to the African-American Research Library in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


BRIAN PHILLIPS ADDS:
1. It is true that Hermione Baddeley was hired after Esther Rolle. However, Lear did indeed cast another Black woman as the Findlay's maid after that. She was Marlene Warfield, who played Victoria Butterfield, a West Indian woman. Roscoe Lee Browne played her class-conscious color-struck father. I believe that Mrs. Naugatuck (Baddeley) married J. Pat O' Malley's character, Bert Beasley.

2. The episode that Mike Eiland is recalling earned a "Close-Up" in TV Guide. The line he is thinking of is Michael's. It was, roughly: "The test said, Cup and ___, so my friend put, "Cup and Table", because at his house they don't have any saucers between the table and the cup. There was a news report done about this around the same time which asked how would suburban children fare with inner-city terms. Neither my brother nor I knew that a "Deuce-and-a-quarter" was slang for a Buick Electra 225.

Good Times cast3. Another controversial episode was one that had J.J. concerned that he may have contracted a Venereal Disease (Thelma: You got V.D.? J.J.: You don't have to broadcast it on the six o'clock news!). It turns out that he didn't. "James at 16" also tried to ease controversy over his spending a night with an exchange student with another episode about his concern about contracting VD.

4. Janet Jackson's character was introduced to address child abuse (she followed J.J. home one day because she had a crush on him). She was in a single-parent home and her Mother had both burned her with an iron and had also broken her arm. Willona adopted her after that.

5. To address Ed Hum, another character that got very popular was Fish (Abe Vigoda) on Barney Miller, who eventually got his own series. Vigoda's departure may have been inevitable; it was reported that he wanted the name of the series changed to "Barney Miller and Fish"!

 

Good TimesMike Eiland adds:
"I thought your "Good TImes" article was very informative. I do remember the show - especially the first three seasons (February 1974 to September 1976). I'm a little lost after that. I remember losing interest once John Amos left. He was my favorite character in the show. I glimpsed the show from time-to-time (post-John Amos), but the stories couldn't hold my interest and that family situation was somewhat confusing. I liked the family intact.

"I do remember the show as very "All in the Family"-like, handling controversial topics, but the African-American viewpoint was really good to hear on TV. The comedy tempered it somewhat (just like at the Bunkers') but at least it was said. Blacks and whites and their problems going to school together, upper-class blacks looking down on middle and low-income blacks. I had never heard those addressed on TV before - let alone a TV comedy. Thank goodness Norman Lear had a track record with his previous shows or "Good Times" probably wouldn't have made it to TV - especially on the conservative CBS-TV network.

"I am thoroughly convinced that the statements on "Good Times" were so strong that our local TV station had a problem with it - one episode in particular. I can't remember the whole plot, but the family was questioning the validity of certain types of school testing - with questions like "cup and ___(saucer)" for lower-income children. The argument was that most ghetto children didn't have both cups and saucers in their homes, so "cup and ____" was something they couldn't answer.

"I never saw the episode, but read the plots in TV Guide before watching. The first time it aired our local CBS station aired a Billy Graham Crusade, which was scheduled. When it came up for a rerun, our local station aired an episode of "Match Game P.M." It was not scheduled. I called the station and they flatly stated "technical difficulties." My letter went unanswered.

"So that is the one episode of "Good Times" I've never seen. Not even in the reruns, which have never aired locally. I've caught them on cable from time-to-time but my luck had me seeing post-Amos episodes.

"I think the controversy of the J.J. character clouds the great, great first three seasons of the show. I really liked J.J. and really saw him as a "Fonzie" that caught viewers by surprise. Both Fonzie of "Happy Days" and J.J. were secondary characters that shot ahead of the main stars but that was nothing new. It was the sensitivity of African-American viewers that was not totally respected for the sake of ratings. Without J.J., the show would have been too dramatic - like "All in the Family" without Carroll O' Connor."

 

Good Times
PART 1
/ 2 / 3

ORDER GOOD TIMES DVDs!

Good Times Season 5 on DVDSeason 5 now on sale!

A catalog of all
the classic TV
shows on DVD!

1970s TV Shows


TVparty is Classic TV on the internet!

Your Classic TV Blog!

News Regurgitator - Political News Links

Patrick Duffy of Dallas Interview

Classic TV on the Internet!
 

1970s TV Shows

Lancelot Link Secret Chimp on DVDClassic Commercials on DVD

Punk
LA Punk Rock  

Dark Shadows

Please consider a donation so we can continue this work!

Carol Burnett Show on DVD

PR4 & PR5 Pages for ads

Television's Greatest
- local & national kid shows

Southern Actors

Ordering TV shows on DVD from the United Kingdom

TELEVISION FOREVER -
TV Shows on DVD Reviews

Classic Commercials on DVDMothers in Law on DVD

Good Times Season 6 on DVD

A catalog of all the classic TV shows on DVD!

Good Times Season 5 on DVDFat Albert on DVD

Sonny and Cher Show on DVDFractured Fairy Tales on DVD


Local & National TV Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog

TVparty is Classic TV on the internet!
Classic TV on the Internet!

Television's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments

Hit Shows of the Seventies: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Gene Roddenberry in the 1970s / 1977-1978 Superhero & Science Fiction TV Shows / Patrick Duffy of Dallas Interview / Best Season of Dallas Ever? / TV Show Book Tie-Ins / Mary Kay Place Albums of the 1970s / Mary Kay Place Albums of the 1970s / That Girl & TV's Single Working Women / Star Trek Animated / Dark Shadows / Dark Shadows Movies / Dark Shadows Novels / Dawn Wells / Gavin McLeod / The Music Dark Shadows / 1970 TV Shows / Mike Wallace, Virginia Graham & Jim Longworth / Dick Clark / 1973 TV Shows / Thriller / The Jacksons TV Show / Fall Previews of the 70s / Lance Link, Secret Chimp / Star Wars Holiday Special / Alias Smith and Jones / 1977 Year in Review / Top Ten 1970-76 / The Rockford Files / All in the Family / Sam Hall (Dark Shadows) Interview / Actor Ed Nelson / Death of Archie / Battlestar Galactica / Wonder Woman / Network Jingles / Class of '74 / Happy Days / Good Times / Mr. Bill / Dinah! / Maude / Doris Day Show / Pamelyn Ferdin Interview / The Bicentennial Minute / Jingles & Catch Phrases of the 1970s / Early Cable TV 1970s / TV commercials for Women / TV Moms / Country Music TV Shows of the 1960s & 1970s / Betty White Show / Ron Palillo / Shirley Jones Interview / Tom Bosley / Rodney Dangerfield / How Sanford & Son Ended / Sanford & Son Spin-Off Grady / Great Memoirs / Virginia Graham Show / The "N" Word on TV / 10 Classic Comedy Routines You Have To Laugh At Before You Die / Hollywood Squares / 1970's Teen Idols & The Hudson Brothers / TV Stars with 3 Hit Shows / The Rookies / Unsold Pilots / Jackie Cooper / The Good Guys / Match Game / Make Room For Granddaddy / Mannix & Gail Fisher / Bette Midler in the 1970s / Bonus 1970's Stuff: Silent Star Marion Mack / Biff Burger / 1970s Fast Food Chains / Latin Casino / Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire / 1970's Daytime Talk Shows / The Fess Parker Show / Love, Loss & What I Watched

Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / Punk Book / / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Rockford Files / Sea Hunt / Superman on DVD / Toy Gun Ads / Flip Wilson Show / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / The Carpenters / Route 66 / Bozo / The Carpenters Christmas Specials / Local Kid Shows / Death of TV's Superman / Wonderama / Sesame Street / Bob Hope Specials / Little Rascals / 1980's Retro Gay T-Shirts / 1980's TV Wrestling / Fess Parker / Howdy Doody / TV Blog / Lost In Space / Pinky Lee / 1980's LA Punk Rock / Alex Toth Book / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More! 

Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s V1 on DVD Everything
you're looking
for is right here:

TimeLife.com
Save money!
Carol Burnett Show on DVD Route 66 season 1 on DVD Twilight Zone on DVD Lancelot Link Secret Chimp on DVD Good Times Season 5 on DVD Soupy Sales DVD
Looking for classic TV DVDs?/See below:
TV Commercials on DVD Wrestling DVDs Classic TV Books

TimeLife.com
Save money!