Another classic TV show from the 70s returns from reintroduction country. After a successful live audience drive, Good times is now being revived as a brand new TV series.
Netflix snapped up Norman Lear production, which will make the Evans family an animated version of themselves.
The original ‘Good Times’ was broadcast in the 70’s
Good times became a fan favorite after it introduced Florida, James, JJ, Thelma and Michael Evans to the small screen. The show centered around family life in a housing project in Chicago and starring actors Ralph Carter, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker and Bern Nadette Stanis.
Neighbor Willona Woods was played by Ja’Net Dubois, and John Brown starred as the building super Bookman, aka “Booger.” In later seasons, a young Janet Jackson came on the scene as Penny. Created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte, Good times was a spin-off of what Norman Lear-produced Maude.
The beloved show ran for six seasons from 1973 to 1979 and can currently be streamed on Starz or Amazon Video.
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Netflix releases an animated version of ‘Good Times’
According to Variety, the animated Netflix reboot comes with permission from Lear, NBA balls Steph Curry and Seth McFarlane. Each of their respective production companies is working together to develop the show. Carl Jones has been tapped to serve as the series’ showrunner, and his credits include The Boondocks and Black Dynamite.
In the section, the log bar indicates that the show will be about the “Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. Like the original did many years ago, ‘Good Times’ strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water. ”
The idea comes from Curry’s partner at Unanimous Media, Erick Peyton. He brought the pitch to Lear and the ball started rolling from there. Netflix ordered 10 episodes, and viewers can expect “edgier” stories with a modern slant.
As Variety noted, Lears’ other series, One day at a time received the animated treatment earlier this year for a special episode.
Netflix head of animation Mike Moon expressed the streamer’s enthusiasm in a statement. “Good times is an iconic series that has surpassed generations. We are excited to partner with this incredible and inspiring creative team of Norman Lear, Carl Jones, Stephen Curry and Seth MacFarlane to bring this timely resume to life. ”
New ‘Good Times’ series follows ‘Live in front of a Studio Audience’
In December 2019, Lear and Jimmy Kimmel delivered a recreation of Good times on ABC with its Stay in front of a studio audience format. The episode was aired along with a special edition of Everyone in the family and attracted an audience of nearly 6 million.
Cast included Viola Davis and Anthony Braugher as Florida and James Evans, and Tiffany Haddish stepped into Willona Woods’ shoes. Corinne Foxx, Jay Pharaoh and Asante Blackk played the Evans children, and OG John Amos played Councilman Fred Davis.
It marked Lears second time reviving one of his old properties in a live format, with the first being aired in May 2019.