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Good Times: Season One
Season 1 DVD Cover.

Good Times: Season 1 episodesEdit

This page lists all of the aired episodes of Season 1 of the CBS-TV series Good Times. The series pilot, "Too Old Blues", originally aired on February 8, 1974. The season finale episode, "My Son, the Lover", aired on May 10, 1974.

Season 1 (1974)Edit

# in Series Prod. Code # in Season Title Written by Directed by Date
1 101 1 "Too Old Blues" Bob Peete Bob LaHendro & Donald McKayle February 8, 1974 January 21, 1974
James tells Florida to plan a big party to celebrate the new job he thinks he's getting once he joins the company union. But he's turned down once they discover he's too old. Unknowingly, Florida has spent most of the rent money on the celebration for James.
2 102 2 "Black Jesus" Kurt Taylor & John Donley Bob LaHendro & John Rich February 15, 1974 January 14, 1974
The Evans family starts to have good luck after J.J. paints a portrait of a Black Jesus.
3 103 3 "Getting Up The Rent"

a.k.a. Good Times Pilot a.k.a. The Pilot

Donald McKayle & Perry Rosemond Eric Monte February 22, 1974 January 7, 1974
The rent is due, but the Evans family is short $74 dollars. James and J.J. devise schemes to come up with the money, while Florida and Willona go down to the welfare office to plead their case.
4 104 4 "God's Business is Good Business" Richard Wolpert Bob LaHendro, Donald McKayle March 1, 1974 January 28, 1974
James wants to take a $100 per day job with an unscrupulous holy man, but Florida wants him to stick to the family's morals and values. Roscoe Lee Browne guest stars.
5 105 5 "Michael Gets Suspended"

a.k.a. The Midget Strikes Back

Eric Monte Herbert Kenwith March 8, 1974 February 12, 1974
James and Florida are upset that Michael was suspended from school after telling his class that George Washington was a racist.
6 106 6 "Sex and the Evans Family" Norman Paul & Jack Elinson (teleplay)
Donald L. Stewart (story)
Herbert Kenwith March 15, 1974 February 26, 1974
Florida thinks the dirty story she discovers in the house belongs to J.J. But she gets the shock of her life when she realizes it belongs to Thelma's new boyfriend.
7 107 7 "Junior Gets a Patron" Larry Siegel Herbert Kenwith March 22, 1974 February 19, 1974
J.J. thinks he's hit the big time when he meets Leroy, who wants to sponsor his art work. When James learns who the patron is, he prohibits the partnership.
8 108 8 "Junior the Senior" Ken Hecht, Lloyd Garver (teleplay / story)
& Lou Derman & Bill Davenport (teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith March 29, 1974 March 6, 1974
James and Florida are concerned J.J. won't graduate, but when he comes home with really good grades they become suspicious.
9 109 9 "The Visitor" Norman Paul & Jack Elinson (teleplay)
Robert Wolterstorff, Allessandro Veith & Thad Mumford (story)
Herbert Kenwith April 5, 1974 March 20, 1974
A housing official visits the Evans family to dispute an angry letter Michael sent to the newspaper regarding the deplorable housing conditions. But when he gets stuck in the building, the official gets an intimate look at life in the projects.
10 110 10 "Springtime in the Ghetto" Norman Paul & Jack Elinson Herbert Kenwith April 19, 1974 March 27, 1974
Florida is a shoe-in to win the cleanest apartment award, but when Michael brings home the neighborhood wino, her chances of winning deteriorate.
11 111 11 "The TV Commercial" Simon Muntner, Lou Derman, & Bill Davenport Herbert Kenwith April 26, 1974 April 3, 1974
Florida has a great opportunity to be in a commercial for a whopping $5,000 but after reading the script and testing the product, she decides it's not so great after all.
12 112 12 "The Checkup"

a.k.a. James Goes Down

Kurt Taylor & John Donley Herbert Kenwith May 3, 1974 April 10, 1974
The kids and Florida are worried about James' health when they learn about the dangers of hypertension. Their concerns upset James and he refuses to visit a doctor.
13 113 13 "My Son, the Lover"

a.k.a. I Love Marcy

Lou Derman, Bill Davenport (teleplay / story)
and Norman Paul & Jack Elinson (teleplay)
Herbert Kenwith May 10, 1974 April 17, 1974
Florida and Thelma are suspicious of a popular girl who asks J.J. to paint her picture. He thinks she really likes him, but Florida and Thelma think otherwise.
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