Can you believe that ON THIS DAY, February 8th 1974, ‘Good Times’ made its DEBUT!!!
Good Times is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series’ primary executive producer, it was television’s first African American two-parent family sitcom. Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
Good Times was intended to be a good show for Esther Rolle and John Amos. Both expected the show to deal with serious topics in a comedic way while providing positive characters for viewers to identify with.
However, Jimmie Walker’s character of J.J. was an immediate hit with audiences and became the breakout character of the series. J.J.’s frequent use of the expression “Dy-no-mite!” (often in the phrase “Kid Dy-no-mite!”), credited to director John Rich, became a popular catchphrase (later included in TV Land’s The 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catch Phrases special).
‘Good Times’ was TRULY GROUNDBREAKING of course because it was the 1st time on television their was a show that FEATURED a two-parent BLACK household and also because SO many STARS came from this show and they tackled so many HOT TOPICS about growing up BLACK in America.
Do you KNOW ANYONE that does not LIKE ‘Good Times’. The SHOW is STILL airing to this DAY. I can honestly say I have SEEN every episode and any time the show is on, I will still WATCH as if it’s just airing for the FIRST TIME! We SALUTE all the CAST and CREW that made this ICONIC show a HIT!!