Good Times

1974 TV-PG 6 seasons

Good Times

1974 TV-PG 6 seasons
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Producer Norman Lear's groundbreaking series finds humor in the unlikeliest of settings -- a run-down Chicago housing project -- with this heartfelt chronicle of the everyday misadventures of a working-class African-American family.
Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Ja'Net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Johnny Brown, Janet Jackson
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 1 (1974) - 2 discs

Florida Evans and her family -- including proud husband James and incorrigble J.J. -- show great nobility and loads of heart as they struggle to get by in the gritty south side of Chicago in Norman Lear's breakthrough 1970s comedy series.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic sitcom revolves around an African-American family living in the Chicago projects during the 1970s. The series addresses some difficult issues -- including poverty, gangs, violence, and theft -- but manages to keep a sense of humor. Family values are highlighted; they're often discussed within the context of Christianity. Parents also need to know that the series discusses racial bigotry and African-American empowerment. Later episodes also portray some African-American stereotypes.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


James often threatens to punch when arguing with other men. Siblings often threaten to hit each other, but they're disciplined for doing so. Both parents threaten to hit their children -- using words such as "spank," "beat," "whip," and "paddle" -- as a means of disciplining them, but they're never seen acting on it.


Fairly mild: "hell," "damn," "butt," etc. Terms often considered racist today are sometimes used, including "spook."

Social Behavior

The series reinforces positive values while dealing with universal issues including poverty, violence, and social injustice. It also presents themes specific to the African-American community, including African-American history and social activism. Early episodes move away from African-American stereotyping, while later episodes reinforce them.


Ebony magazine is prominently visible. Occasional references to products, such as Jheri Curl. References to African-American actors, athletes, and other prominent figures of the 1970s.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional consumption of beer and tobacco products.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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