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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Good Times' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'Good Times':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

February 8, 1974: Too Old Blues
Season 1, episode 1
W: Bob Peete   D: Donald McKayle, Bob Lahendro

With Stymie Beard (Monty), Woodrow Parfrey (Interviewer).
Esther Rolle and John Amos debut in a comedy as characters derived from their familiar roles in the Maude series. They head a familty unit that works and plays together for the common goal -- survival in a Chicago ghetto. In the first show the family plans a celebration under the assumption that James, having passed previous tests, will be accepted for a union job; at long last a steady position.

February 15, 1974: Black Jesus
Season 1, episode 2
W: John Donley, Kurt Taylor   D: John Rich, Bob Lahendro

With Eric Monte (Runner).
A sudden run of good luck and J.J.'s deistic painting of a local derelict create a religious conflict in the family.

February 22, 1974: Getting Up The Rent
Season 1, episode 3
W: Eric Monte   D: Donald McKayle, Perry Rosemond

With Stymie Beard (Monty), Ernie Lee Banks (Eddie), Carl M. Craig (Hustler), Hal Williams (Tom).
It looks as though the Evans family will be forced out into the streets because a second job for James hasn't solved his family's financial troubles, and Florida is opposed to the suggestions of other solutions because they are either illegal, immoral or embarrassing.

March 1, 1974: God's Business Is Good Business
Season 1, episode 4
W: Roland Wolpert   D: Donald McKayle, Bob Lahendro

With Roscoe Lee Browne (Reverend Sam).
An old friend of James who is now a silver-tongued revivalist offers him a job that would pay $100 a day. However, Florida is against James accepting the job, believing that it goes against his morals and values.

March 8, 1974: Michael Gets Suspended
Season 1, episode 5
W: Eric Monte   D: Herbert Kenwith

Michael gets suspended from school and faces punishment from his parents -- but he won't take back his remark about George Washington.

March 15, 1974: Sex And The Evans Family
Season 1, episode 6
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Philip Michael Thomas (Eddie Conroy).
Florida and James wrestle with their double standards for J.J. and Thelma -- and Thelma's older beau.

March 22, 1974: Junior Gets A Patron
Season 1, episode 7
W: Larry Siegel   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ed Cambridge (Leroy Jackson).
J.J. is sure he's bound to make it big when he gets a patron who begins providing him with all the art supplies he needs.

March 29, 1974: Junior The Senior
Season 1, episode 8
W: Lou Derman, Bill Davenport, Lloyd Garver, Ken Hecht   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Frank Campanella (Mr. Kirkwood).
J.J. may not be promoted to the senior class on merit, but Florida doesn't want him promoted for convenience either.

April 5, 1974: The Visitor
Season 1, episode 9
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Richard B. Shull (Mr. Stonehurst).
There's no heat or hot water at the Evans' household, and Michael's complaints have an angry housing authority official at their door.

April 19, 1974: Springtime In The Ghetto
Season 1, episode 10
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Simeon Holloway (Mr. Johnson), Betty Cole (Mrs. Hines), Robin Braxton (Mrs. Vinson), Raymond Allen (Ned the Wino).
Florida goes after the "Best Kept Apartment" award and wants to prove that winning is not a case of who you know.

April 26, 1974: The TV Commercial
Season 1, episode 11
W: Lou Derman, Bill Davenport   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ernest Morrison (Messenger).
A new health tonic could help the Evans family cure what's ailing them -- poverty -- when Florida is stopped in the supermarket and asked to be the product's television spokeswoman.

May 3, 1974: The Check Up
Season 1, episode 12
W: John Donley, Kurt Taylor   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Dean Santoro (Doctor).
The kids think James is suffering from hypertension when he has recurring headaches and emotional outbursts, but it takes a "fight" with a kitchen chair to convince him he should see a doctor.

May 10, 1974: My Son The Lover
Season 1, episode 13
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul, Lou Derman, Bill Davenport   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ta-Tanisha (Marcy).
J.J. has a steady girlfriend, but Florida and Thelma aren't very enthusiastic about the girl who finally got him to settle down.





September 10, 1974: Florida Flips
Season 2, episode 1
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Helen Martin (Wanda), Rosanna Carter (Cora), Sylvia Soares (Bernadine).
A totally different Florida Evans storms through the family apartment, and she promises to burst into a full-fledged hurricane as the second season opens.

September 17, 1974: J.J. Becomes A Man (1)
Season 2, episode 2
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Stymie Beard (Monty).
A damper is put on Florida's big plans for J.J.'s 18th birthday when she learns that they can't give J.J. the art supplies he wants.

September 24, 1974: J.J. Becomes A Man (2)
Season 2, episode 3
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Mel Stewart (Davis), Ron Masak (Sloane), Stan Haze (Prisoner), James Greene (Desk Sergeant), Cal Wilson (Loan Shark), Connie Sawyer (Personel Employee), Lil Henderson (Woman on Bench).
J.J. is in jail on an alleged armed robbery charge and the Evans family is frantically searching for a way to get him out.

October 1, 1974: Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah
Season 2, episode 4
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ron Glass (Mr. Pearson).
There is another Evans family fuss when young Michael gets a chance to attend a better school -- across town.

October 8, 1974: The Man I Most Admire
Season 2, episode 5
W: Michael Morris   D: Herbert Kenwith

Young Michael Evans' school assignment to write about the man he most admires sets off a chain reaction of events.

October 15, 1974: Thelma's Young Man
Season 2, episode 6
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Lou Gossett Jr. (Donald Knight).
Florida and James are worried about Thelma. She's been dating the same young man for over two months and the family has never met him. When she brings home a diamond ring and tells the family she's engaged, her father hits the ceiling.

October 22, 1974: The I.Q. Test
Season 2, episode 7
W: Mike Milligan, Jay Moriarty   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Kay Dingle (Secretary), Austin Pendleton (Donald Hargrove).
Twelve-year-old Michael thinks the standard I.Q. test given to school children is unfair to blacks and other minorities, so as a protest he walks out on the exam.

October 29, 1974: The Encyclopedia Hustle
Season 2, episode 8
W: Bob Shayne, Eric Cohen   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ron Glass (Mr. Anderson).
When an encyclopedia salesman shows up at the Evans household, James and Florida decide they can afford the "easy-payment plan" for a good cause.

November 12, 1974: The Gang (1)
Season 2, episode 9
W: Eric Monte, Allan Manings, Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Michael D. Roberts (Neck-Bone), Oscar DeGruy (Mad Dog), Douglas Grant (Sweet Pea).
When the "Satan's Knights" street gang insist J.J. join them in a gunfight with a rival gang, even J.J.'s ready wit and instinct for self-survival fail to keep him out of the rumble.

November 19, 1974: The Gang (2)
Season 2, episode 10
W: Eric Monte, Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Roger Aaron Brown (Mr. Connors), Lynn Hamilton (Mrs. Edwards), Oscar DeGruy (Mad Dog), Richard Stahl (Judge Daniels), James Wheaton (Bailiff).
Although J.J. received only a flesh wound when he was shot in a gang rumble, James is determined to press charges against J.J.'s assailant.

November 26, 1974: Florida, The Matchmaker
Season 2, episode 11
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Lloyd Hollar (Duane Poole).
Florida says every woman should be married, especially her best friend Willona, and sets out to match her up.

December 3, 1974: The Windfall
Season 2, episode 12
W: Allan Manings   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Alvin Childress (Rev. Gordon), David Lewis (Mr. Borgen), Willie Trotter (Guy #1), Walter Pittman Jr. (Guy #2).
It takes pressure from Florida to persuade James that the right thing to do is return the $27,000 in stolen booty he found.

December 10, 1974: Sometimes There's No Bottom In The Bottle
Season 2, episode 13
W: Norm Liebmann, Larry Markes   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Albert Reed (Oscar Wilson), Bonnie Banfield (Naomi Wilson), Margueritte Ray (Millie Wilson).
Christmas sprits are riding high in the Evans' house, but unfortunately they're from a bottle being emptied by a visiting teenage cousin.

December 31, 1974: Florida's Big Gig
Season 2, episode 14
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Charlotte Rae (Ms. Rogers), Dick O'Neill (Mr. Bridges).
James is sure he's going to get a sales position at a department store, but when he brings Florida along on the interview he finds that the supervisor would rather hire Florida than him.

January 7, 1975: Florida Goes To School
Season 2, episode 15
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Hal Williams (Willie Washington).
A minor disagreement turns into a marital impasse when Florida's dream of finally getting her high school diploma is clouded by James' unexpected negative reaction to the idea.

January 14, 1975: The Nude
Season 2, episode 16
W: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Carl Weathers (Calvin), Betty A. Bridges (Charlene).
J.J. has a chance at fame via an assignment to paint a nude portrait. When his parents say no, J.J. announces his plan to quit his art career.

January 21, 1975: The Family Business
Season 2, episode 17
W: Allan Manings, Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Morris Buchanan (Mr. Dawson).
After being turned down by the bank for a loan, the Evans family risks eviction to open a fix-it shop in their apartment.

February 4, 1975: The Debutante Ball
Season 2, episode 18
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Santiago Gonzalez (Mr. Robinson), Rosanne Katon (Clarissa), Ann Weldon (Mrs. Robinson).
J.J. is being snubbed by snobs -- he doesn't know it but his family does and they don't like it.

February 11, 1975: The Dinner Party
Season 2, episode 19
W: Robert Fisher, Phil Naples, Allan Manings   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Frances Foster (Gertrude Vinson).
An elderly resident of the projects appears to be living on pet food. She comes to dinner at the Evans' apartment and brings the main course, which they suspect is made from dog food.

February 18, 1975: The Houseguest
Season 2, episode 20
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson, Elon Packard, John Fenton Murray   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ernie Wheelwright (Hoodlum #2), Ernie Barnes (Hoodlum #1), Thalmus Rasulala (Ernie Harris), Raymond Allen (Ned the Wino).
A childhood friend of James' arrives for a visit, and his gambling problem becomes an Evans family problem when two hoods show up looking for him to pay off a debt.

February 25, 1975: My Girl Henrietta
Season 2, episode 21
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Tina Andrews (Henrietta).
J.J.'s girlfriend Henrietta is coming to dinner and the family prepares for her arrival, but they're not ready for J.J.'s announcement of marriage.

March 4, 1975: The Enlistment
Season 2, episode 22
W: Art Baer, Ben Joelson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With William Christopher (Doctor), Bill Walker (Mr. Carter), Cal Wilson (Sergeant), Maidie Norman (Edna).
Both James and J.J. lose their jobs. Wanting to support his family, J.J. decides to join the U.S. Army.

March 11, 1975: Thelma's Scholarship
Season 2, episode 23
W: Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Randi Kallan (Cindy Bradford).
It's a dream come true when Thelma gets a scholarship offer from an exclusive girls' school, until a visitor gives the family a second look.

March 18, 1975: The Lunch Money Ripoff
Season 2, episode 24
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Douglas Grant (Eddie).
A tough classmate has been bullying Michael into handing over his lunch money every day. When the family finds out, there is a disagreement as to how to handle the situation.





September 9, 1975: A Real Cool Job
Season 3, episode 1
W: Hubert Geiger, John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With David Moses (Salesman).
It looks like a bright new day for the Evans family after James graduates from trade school, until the family finds out the high-paying job he's been offered has one major drawback.

September 16, 1975: The Family Gun
Season 3, episode 2
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Dave Turner (Officer Wigmore).
Florida fears James' remedy protecting his family from the rash of crimes in the neighborhood could do more harm than good.

September 23, 1975: Operation Florida
Season 3, episode 3
W: Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Helen Stenborg (Cashier), Hilda Haynes (Mrs. Andrews), Rai Sanders (Doctor).
James insists that Florida stay in a private hospital instead of the clinic for a minor operation.

September 30, 1975: Love In The Ghetto
Season 3, episode 4
W: Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Carl Franklin (Larry Walters).
Thelma is engaged to Mr. Right and she's sure everyone will be overjoyed, but she's wrong; Florida and James aren't buying it.

October 7, 1975: Florida's Rich Cousin
Season 3, episode 5
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Kim Hamilton (Betty), Percy Rodrigues (Edgar), Rozelle Gayle (Drunk), Randy Harris (Bartender).
James' pride fights borrowing money again from Florida's rich cousin Edgar, but what he doesn't know is that the state of the economy has even struck middle-class people like Edgar.

October 14, 1975: The Weekend
Season 3, episode 6
W: Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Judy Pace (Gloria).
For a romantic celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary, Florida and James go off to a mountain cabin that turns out to be full of surprises -- not all of them romantic.

October 21, 1975: The Baby
Season 3, episode 7
W: Bruce Howard   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Mary Alice (Loretta), Vivian Bonnell (Cora), Estelle Evans (Alice).
Florida's giving a surprise baby shower, but she's the one who gets the biggest surprise.

October 28, 1975: Michael's Big Fall
Season 3, episode 8
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Norma Donaldson (Mrs. Baker), Lou Gossett Jr. (Uncle Wilbert), Jay Riley (Mr. Jenkins), Kathryn Jackson (Mrs. Jenkins), Ronnie Cox (Bobby Jenkins).
A change in schools brings on a change in Michael, and Florida fears it's for the worst.

November 4, 1975: The Politicians
Season 3, episode 9
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Albert Reed (Alderman Fred Davis), Stanley Bennett Clay (Jimmy Pearson).
James runs into a family rebellion at election time when he and Florida support rival candidates.

November 11, 1975: Willona's Dilemma
Season 3, episode 10
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Herbert Kenwith

With J.A. Preston (Walter Ingles).
The fact that the new man in Willona's life has a physical disability doesn't lessen her interest in him, but it does create a problem in their relationship.

November 25, 1975: Florida's Protest
Season 3, episode 11
W: Allan Manings   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Adrian Ricard (Matron), Nedra Volz (Old Lady), Fred D. Scott (Mr. Coggins), Bhetty Waldron (Princess), Lester Wilson (Mr. Gage).
Florida's dinner treat, an expensive roast beef from the neighborhood supermarket, puts everyone but cast-iron-stomached J.J. on sick call.

December 2, 1975: The Mural
Season 3, episode 12
W: Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield   D: Herbert Kenwith

With James Wheaton (P.J. Hewitt).
Everything seems to be coming up roses for the Evanses -- J.J. has an assignment to paint a mural at a bank, and Thelma wins a university scholarship -- until they discover some unexpected hitches.

December 9, 1975: A Loss Of Confidence
Season 3, episode 13
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Catherine Lee Smith (Jo Ann).
Unbelievable as it seems, J.J. -- the Casanova of the ghetto -- can't get a date with Thelma's gorgeous classmate.

December 16, 1975: Cleatus
Season 3, episode 14
W: Ron Allen Thompson, Jack Elinson, Norman Paul   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Jack Baker (Cleatus), Beeson Carroll (Reardon), Laurence Haddon (Monroe), Edward Crawford (Kid).
Good luck and bad arrive at the Evans' household hand in hand when the family celebrates Florida's winning a stereo and the FBI shows up with a lot of questions about Florida's nephew Cleatus.

December 23, 1975: The Family Tree
Season 3, episode 15
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Richard Ward (Henry Evans).
While researching the family tree, Thelma locates James's father, long believed dead, and invites him home as the big surprise for her dad's birthday.

December 30, 1975: A Place To Die
Season 3, episode 16
W: Norman Paul, Jack Elinson, John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Arnold Johnson (Hubert Johnson).
As Florida and the kids get ready to celebrate New Year's Eve, Michael's elderly friend from a rest home asks to move in for a few days.

January 6, 1976: J.J.'s Fiancee (1)
Season 3, episode 17
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Debbie Allen (Diana), Sonny Jim Gaines (Fred Buchanan), Marie Moore (Lucille Buchanan), Mel Bryant (Salesman).
J.J. astounds his family with the news that he plans to wed "the neighborhood weirdo", but to J.J. she's a deep thinker who loves him for his mind, not his body.

January 13, 1976: J.J.'s Fiancee (2)
Season 3, episode 18
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin, Norman Paul, Jack Elinson   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Debbie Allen (Diana), Sonny Jim Gaines (Fred Buchanan), Marie Moore (Lucille Buchanan), Philip Baker Hall (Motel Owner), Edward Crawford (Kid).
When Florida and James refuse to give J.J. consent to marry, he elopes without learning some important facts about his bride-to-be.

January 20, 1976: Sweet Daddy Williams
Season 3, episode 19
W: James Ritz   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), Larry Greene (Hood #2), Ernie Barnes (Hood #1), Adrian Ricard (Adrian), Bebe Drake (Savannah).
J.J. is commissioned to paint a portrait of the neighborhood "numbers king", to the consternation of his parents.

January 27, 1976: The Investigation
Season 3, episode 20
W: Bruce Howard   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Helen Martin (Wanda), Don Marshall (FBI Agent).
A seemingly simple school project of Michael's turns out to have strange ramifications for the Evans family.

February 3, 1976: J.J. In Trouble
Season 3, episode 21
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Ron Recasner (Doctor), Ta-Tanisha (Mary Ann), Jay Leno (Young Man), Dulcie Jordan (Nurse).
An old girlfriend visits J.J. and tells him the upsetting news that he has V.D.

February 17, 1976: Florida The Woman
Season 3, episode 22
W: Jay Sommers   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Beverly Kushida (Waitress), Thalmus Rasulala (Oscar Harris).
Tired of her servant-like life, Florida accepts a cozy lunch date with a man who later decides to visit her at home.

February 24, 1976: The Break Up
Season 3, episode 23
W: Bob Peete   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Carl Franklin (Larry Walters), Debbi Morgan (Samantha), Alan Brasington (Waiter).
Thelma and Larry love each other, but a problem arises when Larry asks her to go to California with him.

March 2, 1976: The Rent Party
Season 3, episode 24
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Herbert Kenwith

With Helen Martin (Wanda).
Florida and James throw an old fashioned rent party to help a neighbor who has fallen behind on her payments.





September 22, 1976: The Big Move (1)
Season 4, episode 1
W: Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Rose Marie Cooper (Olivia), Kimberlee Nickerson (Louanne).
After years of struggling to get out of the ghetto, a better way of life seems to have arrived for the Evans family.

September 29, 1976: The Big Move (2)
Season 4, episode 2
W: Lou Derman, Bill Davenport   D: Gerren Keith

With Helen Martin (Wanda), Stymie Beard (Monty), Irwin C. Watson (Calvin Ferguson), Nick LaTour (Reverend Gordon), Minnie Summers Lindsey (Mrs. Gordon), Henry Harris (Man #1), Lee Weaver (Man #2).
The Evans children question their mother's behavior at James' funeral and wake.

October 6, 1976: J.J. And The Older Woman
Season 4, episode 3
W: Sid Dorfman, Bruce Howard   D: Gerren Keith

With Rosalind Cash (Jessica Bishop).
When Thelma's favorite teacher visits the Evans' home, she first falls for J.J.'s paintings and then for J.J.

October 13, 1976: Michael The Warlord
Season 4, episode 4
W: Bob Peete   D: Gerren Keith

With Vivian Bonnell (Clara), Royce Wallace (Nettie), Earl Billings (Mr. Parker), Lincoln Kilpatrick Jr. (Ratbone), Paul Jackson (Tank), Reginald T. Dorsey (Earl), Dion Gossett (Melvin).
After Michael becomes a member of a street gang, a boiling-mad Florida confronts "The Warlords" in their stronghold.

October 20, 1976: Michael's Great Romance
Season 4, episode 5
W: Michael S. Baser, Kim Weiskopf   D: Gerren Keith

With Ta-Ronce Allen (Yvonne).
Michael experiences the pains of his first romance, and J.J.'s brotherly advice gets him the pains of a punch in the mouth.

October 27, 1976: Evans Versus Davis
Season 4, episode 6
W: Sid Dorfman, Coslough Johnson   D: Gerren Keith

With Albert Reed (Alderman Fred Davis), Frances E. Nealy (Woman), Floyd Walls Jr. (Man #2), Elroy Davis (Man #1), Reginald Farmer (Heckler), Tony Burton (Aide), Dorothy Butts (Mrs. Gillard), Bill Cobbs (Mr. Gillard).
J.J. cops top honors in a local art show, prompting a shady politician to cash in on his celebrity status.

November 10, 1976: J.J.'s New Career (1)
Season 4, episode 7
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Gerren Keith

With Susan Batson (Clerk), Andre Edwards (Ernie), Grand Bush (Leon).
J.J. looks for a way out of the ghetto after losing his job.

November 17, 1976: J.J.'s New Career (2)
Season 4, episode 8
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Gerren Keith

With Chip Hurd (Rochelle), Alan Manson (Fred), Andre Edwards (Ernie), Grand Bush (Leon), John Dewey-Carter (Detective #1), F. William Parker (Detective #2), Bernard Stevenson (Moving Man).
When Florida discovers the true nature of J.J.'s latest efforts to get his family out of the ghetto, she has only one choice as a course of action.

November 24, 1976: Grandpa's Visit
Season 4, episode 9
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Gerren Keith

With Richard Ward (Henry Evans), Paulene Myers (Lena).
The family is looking forward to Grandpa Evans visiting for Thanksgiving dinner, but he has a surprise guest for them.

December 8, 1976: Rich Is Better Than Poor . . . Maybe
Season 4, episode 10
W: Norman Paul, Allan Manings   D: Gerren Keith

With Tamu Blackwell (Edna), Shirley Hemphill (Rozzie), James Wheaton (Bank Manager).
The Evans family goes wild when J.J. wins the lottery, but the celebration is cut short when they are found by two gun-toting members of a girl gang.

December 15, 1976: Florida's Night Out
Season 4, episode 11
W: Norman Belkin, Harriet Belkin   D: Gerren Keith

With Dap Sugar Willie (Lenny), Julius Harris (Ben), Thomas Carter (Jerry), Bhetty Waldron (Girl), Brad Jose (Mr. Good Looking), Victor Fisher (Sharple), Susan Batson (Barmaid).
Tired of seeing Florida sititng at home night after night, Willona and the children arrange for her to go to a church social that turns out to be more rock than Rock of Ages.

December 22, 1976: The Judy Cohen Story
Season 4, episode 12
W: Nance McCormick, John Donley   D: Gerren Keith

With Judith Cohen (Herself), Bill Henderson (Nightclub Owner), William Pierson (Marty Mitchell), Dick Gjonola (Jack Simmons), Thomas Powl (Dwayne Collins), Marvin Adams Jr. (Raymond Harris), Joe Coffey (Otis Johnson).
J.J.'s debut into the field of theatrical management is less than a smashing success when his singing group walks out on him.

January 5, 1977: The Comedian And The Loan Sharks
Season 4, episode 13
W: Hugh Wedlock Jr., Jack Matcha   D: Gerren Keith

With James Spinks (Man #1), Juan DeCarlos (Man #2), Teddy Wilson (Byrd), Gary Veney (Tyrone).
The heat is on, as J.J.'s backers, who turn out to be loan sharks, want their money back.

January 12, 1977: The Hustle
Season 4, episode 14
W: Levi Taylor   D: Gerren Keith

With Jinaki (Old Lady).
The children sell underwear to raise vacation money for Florida.

January 19, 1977: Thelma's African Romance
Season 4, episode 15
W: Bob Peete   D: Gerren Keith

With Johnny Sekka (Ibe Wubila), Bob Harcum (Richard), Carl M. Craig (Mr. Rogers), Vernee Watson (Valerie).
Florida and Thelma clash over Thelma going to live with her African boyfriend, but when Thelma thinks she has it made, her boyfriend throws a curve.

January 26, 1977: Willona's Surprise
Season 4, episode 16
W: Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Carl Lee (Ray Woods).
Willona is less than happy when she finds out the surprise guest at her birthday party is her ex-husband.

February 2, 1977: A Friend In Need
Season 4, episode 17
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Gerren Keith

With Jeffrey Hollis (Cool Dude), Rana Ford (Marcia), Ta-Ronce Allen (Yvonne), Debbi Morgan (Ellen), Ralph Wilcox (Robert).
When Florida's away for the weekend, J.J., Thelma and Michael throw a wild party.

February 9, 1977: A Stormy Relationship
Season 4, episode 18
W: Ron Sellz, Bruce Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), Davis Roberts (Mr. Barnes).
Florida confronts Michael's atheistic boss, whom she believes is responsible for her son's sudden impiety.

February 23, 1977: Florida And Carl
Season 4, episode 19
W: John Baskin, Roger Shulman   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), Bill Story (Waiter).
Florida's fear of dating turns out to be well-founded, when her graciousness to a rude waiter infuriates her escort.

March 2, 1977: My Son, The Father
Season 4, episode 20
W: Sid Dorfman   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), William Sims (Charlie).
Michael invites Carl instead of J.J. to go to a father-son dinner with him.

March 9, 1977: J.J. On Business
Season 4, episode 21
W: Bob Peete   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), Alice Ghostley (Miss Austin), Dean Norton (Mr. Lawrence), Henry G. Sanders (Curtis Gordon), Larry Robinson (Damon Stevenson), Marilyn Joi (Karen Casey).
J.J., with the help of Carl, opens a greeting card business. He receives a large order which will cost more than he has in the bank, and J.J. soon discovers that getting a loan is not going to be an easy task.

March 23, 1977: Love Has A Spot On His Lung (1)
Season 4, episode 22
W: Allan Manings, Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), Dap Sugar Willie (Lenny), Raymond Allen (Ned the Wino), Mel Bryant (Bartender), Gwyn Karon (Woman).
Carl surprises the Evans children when he tells them he's going to propose to Florida.

March 30, 1977: Love Has A Spot On His Lung (2)
Season 4, episode 23
W: Roger Shulman, John Baskin   D: Gerren Keith

With Moses Gunn (Carl Dixon), Richard Libertini (Painter #1), MacIntyre Dixon (Painter #2), Billy Wallace (Cop), Buzz Cooper (Jerome).
Carl calls off his relationship with Florida, and she has her hands full with painters.





September 21, 1977: The Evans Get Involved (1)
Season 5, episode 1
W: Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Chip Hurd (Mrs. Gordon), Ronalda Douglas (Charlene).
Season premiere. The Evanses inadvertently discover that little Penny Gordon has been fabricating stories to relieve the deep hurts in her life. However, their efforts to save the child may be leading to her destruction.

September 21, 1977: The Evans Get Involved (2)
Season 5, episode 2
W: Sid Dorfman   D: Gerren Keith

With Chip Hurd (Mrs. Gordon), Stymie Beard (Mr. Edwards), Bob Delegall (Dr. Blake), Kathleen Doyle (Mrs. Carpenter), Sarina C. Grant (Nurse), Renny Roker (Patrolman), Alma Beltran (Mrs. Lopez).
A mysterious little girl with even more mysterious scars touches the lives of Willona and the Evans family.

September 28, 1977: The Evans Get Involved (3)
Season 5, episode 3
W: Lloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell   D: Gerren Keith

With Chip Hurd (Mrs. Gordon), Kathleen Doyle (Mrs. Carpenter).
Thelma, Willona and J.J., concerned about Penny Gordon's mysterious scrapes and bruises, enter into a heated debate with the child's mother.

October 5, 1977: The Evans Get Involved (4)
Season 5, episode 4
W: Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Gerren Keith

With Alice Ghostley (Mrs. Dodds).
Willona worries over whether she will be able to adopt Penny. Meanwhile, a well meaning Bookman tries to help by telling the social worker that he's married to Willona.

October 12, 1977: Thelma Moves Out
Season 5, episode 5
W: Kim Weiskopf, Michael S. Baser   D: Gerren Keith

With Hilly Hicks (Paul), Yahee (Karen), Bobby F. Ellerbee (Alvin), William J. Quinn (Bear).
In rebellion against J.J.'s takeover as leader of the Evans family, Thelma moves into her own off-campus apartment.

October 19, 1977: Willona, The Fuzz
Season 5, episode 6
W: Sid Dorfman, Richard Freiman   D: Gerren Keith

With Dap Sugar Willie (Lenny), Conchata Ferrell (Miss Johnson), Gordon Jump (Mr. Rogers).
Willona becomes a department store spy to raise money for her newly adopted daughter's ice skating lessons, and learns a painful lesson of her own.

November 2, 1977: Wheels
Season 5, episode 7
W: Al Schwartz, Bill Freedman, Kim Weiskopf, Michael S. Baser   D: Gerren Keith

With Larry Beecham (Cool Breeze), Earl Billings (Mr. Taylor), T.K. Carter (Head), Randy Martin (Poppo).
One car plus four owners equals trouble when J.J.'s "Awesome Foursome" become business partners.

November 9, 1977: Breaker, Breaker
Season 5, episode 8
W: Elroy Schwartz   D: Gerren Keith

With Sharon Brown (Fun Girl).
Michael discovers the exciting new world of CB radio, but his jaw jacking leads him down a road that could be more than he and his handle can handle.

November 16, 1977: Bye, Bye, Bookman
Season 5, episode 9
W: Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff   D: Gerren Keith

With Albert Reed (Alderman Fred Davis), Marilyn Coleman (Violet Bookman), Mel Bryant (Janitor).
Bookman receives more than a cold shoulder from Willona and the Evans family after tricking them into saving his job.

December 7, 1977: Thelma's Brief Encounter
Season 5, episode 10
W: Bruce Kalish, Philip Wickham Taylor   D: Gerren Keith

With James A. Watson Jr. (Lloyd Williams), Susan Batson (Waitress).
Big brother J.J. is watching when Thelma becomes the romantic target of a handsome stranger with a shady past.

December 14, 1977: Requiem For A Wino
Season 5, episode 11
W: Lloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell   D: Gerren Keith

With Helen Martin (Wanda), Dap Sugar Willie (Lenny), Robert Guillaume (Fishbone), Bill Henderson (Ray), J. Christopher Sullivan (Campbell), Cal Gibson (Vagrant).
Willona and the Evans clan learn a precious lesson in love, life and death when J.J. presides over a most unusual wake.

December 21, 1977: Penny's Christmas
Season 5, episode 12
W: Robert Stevenson, Rosalind Stevenson   D: Gerren Keith

With Alice Ghostley (Mrs. Dodds), Dap Sugar Willie (Santa Claus Lenny), Helen Verbit (Saleswoman), George Jordan (Security Man).
Willona's Christmas joy is threatened when she learns that her most precious gift may be taken from her.

January 4, 1978: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Season 5, episode 13
W: Tom Dunsmuir, Dan Wilcox   D: Gerren Keith

With Wendell Wright (Sergeant), Sarina C. Grant (Lavonne), Calvin Oliver (Howard), Bill Woodard (Police Officer).
J.J. decides to teach Michael what he believes is a badly needed lesson in responsibility.

January 11, 1978: Willona's Mr. Right
Season 5, episode 14
W: Laura Levine   D: Gerren Keith

With Adam Wade (Frank Mason).
Willona's old boyfriend returns to town and asks for her hand in marraige, but the lifestyle of Willona's footloose beau threatens Penny's new-found stability.

January 18, 1978: J.J. And The Boss' Daughter
Season 5, episode 15
W: Bob Baublitz, Kevin Hopps, Kim Weiskopf, Michael S. Baser   D: Gerren Keith

With Tanya Boyd (Val), J. Jay Saunders (Mr. Harris), Patrick Collins (Warren), T.K. Carter (Head), Randy Martin (Poppo).
J.J. receives a prestigious job assignment, but doesn't know if it was his talent or the boss' daughter that was responsible.

January 25, 1978: Where There's Smoke
Season 5, episode 16
W: Bruce Kalish, Philip Wickham Taylor   D: Gerren Keith

With Brenda Sykes (Mandy).
Penny painfully discovers that smoking can be dangerous to more than one's health.

January 30, 1978: I Had A Dream
Season 5, episode 17
W: Jim Rogers   D: Gerren Keith

With Sorrell Booke (Mr. Galbraith), Dennis Howard (White J.J.), Richard Lawson (Raymond), Candy Mobley (Carmen).
When J.J.'s promotion is threatened by prejudice, his anxiety -- and a few too many chili dogs -- cause a wild dream in which he is a white man.

February 6, 1978: The Boarder
Season 5, episode 18
W: Don Segall   D: Gerren Keith

With Taurean Blacque (Dunbar Jr.), Hank Rolike (Dunbar Sr.), Rozelle Gayle (Frazee), Gammy Burdett (Mrs. Dunbar), Dianne Dixon (Lady), B.J. Douglas (Delivery Man).
J.J., Michael and Thelma fear for their lives when they discover their mysterious new boarder is the only surviving witness in a trial against a dangerous crook.

February 13, 1978: J.J.'s Condition
Season 5, episode 19
W: Bill Nuss, Dusty Kay   D: Gerren Keith

With Fay Hauser (Barbara), Justin Lord (Ernie).
When J.J. falls in love with a married woman, the pain he feels reaches far more than his heart.

February 27, 1978: Willona, The Other Woman
Season 5, episode 20
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Marilyn Coleman (Violet Bookman), Hope Clarke (Brenda Gordon).
Willona is suspected of being "the other woman" when Bookman is thought to be stepping out on his wife.

March 13, 1978: Something Old, Something New
Season 5, episode 21
W: Sid Dorfman   D: Gerren Keith

With Richard Ward (Henry Evans), Paulene Myers (Lena), DeForest Covan (Rev. Beasley).
Social Security could stand in the way of love when Grandpa Evans and his lady decide it's time to get married.

March 20, 1978: Willona's New Job
Season 5, episode 22
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Cal Wilson (Skip Casey), Veronica Redd (Mavis), Adam Wade (Frank Mason).
Willona is on cloud nine following a long-awaited marriage proposal, but her dream crashes to earth when she hears her suitor's "catch".

March 27, 1978: Write On, Thelma
Season 5, episode 23
W: Judi Ann Mason   D: Gerren Keith

With Jane Connell (Miss Flicker), DeForest Covan (Shorty).
Thelma is ecstatic when her first play is chosen for production, until she discovers why.

April 3, 1978: That's Entertainment, Evans Style
Season 5, episode 24
W: Kim Weiskopf, Michael S. Baser   D: Gerren Keith

With Gary Coleman (Gary James).
Everyone gets into the act when Willona, the Evans family and friends put on a singing, dancing and comedy show to raise money for a much-needed day care center.





September 16, 1978: Florida's Homecoming
Season 6, episode 1
W: Kim Weiskopf, Michael S. Baser   D: Gerren Keith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), Robert Kya-Hill (Mr. Patterson), Taunya Reed (Secretary), Eugene Lee (Man).
Season premiere. Florida, after a long separation from her children, returns home for the impending marriage of her daughter Thelma to a handsome all-American football player.

September 23, 1978: Florida's Homecoming: The Wedding
Season 6, episode 2
W: Sid Dorfman, Wayne Kline   D: Gerren Keith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), Helen Martin (Wanda), Irv Burton (Freddie), Al Fann (Minister), Rai Tasco (Caterer).
J.J. may have trouble paying the loan sharks for Thelma's wedding -- he just lost his job.

September 30, 1978: Florida's Homecoming: United We Stand
Season 6, episode 3
W: Joseph Bonaduce, Bruce Howard   D: Gerren Keith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), Bubba Smith (Claude), Larry Greene (Hood #2).
Double tragedy threatens the Evans family when Thelma's new husband, football star Keith Anderson, stands to lose his $1 million contract, and J.J. faces the jaws of a greedy loan shark.

October 7, 1978: Florida Gets A Job
Season 6, episode 4
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Albert Reed (Alderman Fred Davis), Gary Coleman (Gary James), Janet MacLachlan (Sandra Forbes).
Alderman Davis will recommend Florida for a job if J.J. will help with his campaign.

October 14, 1978: Stomach Mumps
Season 6, episode 5
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

Willona becomes frantic when she learns that a young friend of Penny's is pregnant.

October 21, 1978: J.J. The Teacher
Season 6, episode 6
W: Mark Fink   D: Gerren Keith

With Ernest Harden Jr. (Earl Mitchell), Hal Williams (Frank Mitchell), Rose Parrish (Donna).
The father of J.J.'s art student is opposed to his son's painting lessons.

November 8, 1978: Michael's Decision
Season 6, episode 7
W: Gene Farmer   D: Gerren Keith

With Howard Morton (Jim Crebbins), DeAnn Mears (Julia Crebbins), Nancy Morgan (Cindy Crebbins).
Michael stuns the Evans family with his announcement that he is moving out.

December 2, 1978: J.J. And The Plumber's Helper
Season 6, episode 8
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Sheryl Lee Ralph (Vanessa Blake), Bever-Leigh Banfield (T.C.), Maurice Marsac (Francois).
An unemployed J.J. refuses to admit his penniless state to a special girlfriend with extravagant tastes.

December 9, 1978: The Witness
Season 6, episode 9
W: Bruce Howard, Joseph Bonaduce   D: Gerren Keith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), Bubba Smith (Claude), Beverly Hope Atkinson (Savannah Morgan), William Lanteau (Mr. Miller).
J.J. is the only witness to a car accident and is pressured into lying about which driver was at fault.

December 13, 1978: The Snow Storm
Season 6, episode 10
W: Bud Slocomb, Len Riley   D: Gerren Keith

With Timmie Rogers (Wino), Kim Fields (Kim), Anthony Thompkins (Alex).
Florida gets stuck in a snowstorm with her school bus. She and the kids take refuge in an abandoned building.

December 20, 1978: The Traveling Christmas
Season 6, episode 11
W: Wayne Kline, Norman Paul   D: Gerren Keith

With Harry Caesar (Mr. Clements).
Keith's boss refuses to let him off on Christmas Eve, so the entire Evans family goes "on the road" to him.

January 3, 1979: House Hunting
Season 6, episode 12
W: Gene Farmer   D: Gerren Keith

With Charles Siebert (A.J. Rutherford).
Florida and J.J. find the house of their dreams and set out to buy it.

May 23, 1979: Florida's Favorite Passenger (1)
Season 6, episode 13
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Derek Wells (Larry Baker), Bebe Drake (Mrs. Baker).
Florida's concern for one of her young school bus passengers puts her on a collision course with the child's mother.

May 30, 1979: Florida's Favorite Passenger (2)
Season 6, episode 14
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Derek Wells (Larry Baker), Bebe Drake (Mrs. Baker), Paul Savior (Doctor Casey), Ebony Wright (Woman), Sibyl Motley (Nurse).
Florida's interest in helping one of her school bus passengers creates a problem when the youth decides his own mother doesn't care for him.

June 6, 1979: Blood Will Tell
Season 6, episode 15
W: Anthony Bonaduce, Celia Bonaduce   D: Gerren Keith

With Teddy Wilson (Sweet Daddy Williams), David Damas (Bad News), George Reynolds (Hood #1), Larry Greene (Hood #2), Kathleen Bradley (Nurse).
The neighborhood creep needs a life-or-death blood transfusion, and J.J. is the only one around with compatible blood.

June 13, 1979: Where Have All The Doctors Gone?
Season 6, episode 16
W: Mark Fink, Judi Ann Mason   D: Gerren Keith

With Paula Kelly (Dr. Kelly).
Florida takes on the medical profession when she learns that the only doctor in the neighborhood is planning on moving the practice to a more lucrative area.

June 20, 1979: J.J. And T.C.
Season 6, episode 17
W: Mark Fink, Wayne Kline   D: Gerren Keith

With Ronalda Douglas (T.C.), Mel Carter (Macho Guy), Ta-Tanisha (Zodiac Girl), Paul Mooney (Guy #2).
A close friend of J.J.'s who is looking for a more romantic relationship takes some dangerous steps to make sure J.J. will not overlook her.

July 11, 1979: The Physical
Season 6, episode 18
W: Bud Slocomb, Len Riley   D: Gerren Keith

With Helen Martin (Wanda), Kim Fields (Kim), Charles Hallahan (Sergeant), Sarina C. Grant (Bessie), Stack Pierce (Police Officer).
Florida's efforts to pass an important medical exam may be thwarted by a well-meaning but hindering gift from her children.

July 18, 1979: A Matter of Mothers
Season 6, episode 19
W: Michael Moye   D: Gerren Keith

With Chip Hurd (Mrs. Gordon), Rod Perry (Jeffrey), Dave Turner (Officer Giles), John Witherspoon (Officer Lawson), Barry Cutler (Worm).
The Evans family is shicked when they learn the reason behind Willona's anger and depression.

August 1, 1979: The End Of The Rainbow
Season 6, episode 20
W: Mark Fink, Wayne Kline   D: Gerren Keith

Good fortune visits the Evans family and creates the happiest day in Florida's life. (Last show of the series.)


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