Good Times: Season Two [2 Discs] [DVD]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Having posted good, if not spectacular, ratings during its freshman year on CBS, Good Times was moved from Fridays to a more desirable Tuesday-night time slot as it entered its second season. Beyond an added emphasis on the minor character of usurious inner-city landlord Nathan Bookman (Johnny Brown), no significant changes were made amongst the cast members, though it was impossible not to notice that Jimmie Walker, aka J.J. Evans, was emerging as the star of the proceedings despite the actor's third-billed status. J.J.'s weekly exclamation "Dy-no-mite!" had already become a national catch phrase, repeated ad nauseam in classrooms, playgrounds, and AM radio stations from sea to shining sea. And during the filming of the second-season episode "The Gang," actor John Amos (James Evans) broke the tension of a scene in which J.J. was shot down in the street by ad-libbing, "This'll kill us in the ratings if he dies!" Everybody laughed, but everybody also knew that Amos was kidding on the square. While Good Times upheld its delicate balance between raucous humor and trenchant social comment throughout season two (in addition to the two-part episode on street gangs, the scripts tackled head-on such risky topics as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, school busing, and racially biased IQ tests), its unofficial designation as "The J.J. Show" tended to obscure its original intent: to demonstrate how a tightly knit black family could survive and endure despite grinding poverty and deprivation, so long as everyone -- and not just J.J. -- maintained their sense of humor. Also, John Amos and Esther Rolle (Florida Evans) were beginning to lodge complaints that the series' overemphasis on J.J.'s antics was not only diminishing their roles as the Evans kids' parents, but also led some impressionable viewers to believe that no inner-city family was complete without a wisecracking buffoon in attendance. Amos, in particular, was displeased because his character was nominally the head of the Evans household, a status that continued to erode the longer J.J. remained in the spotlight. Be that as it may, Good Times closed out its second season as the seventh highest-rated series in America. Translation: Since J.J. brought in the viewers and the sponsors, the "Dy-no-mites" would continue unabated. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew


    • Esther Rolle - Florida Evans
    • John Amos - James Evans
    • Jimmie Walker - James `J.J.' Evans Jr.
    • Ja'net DuBois - Willona Woods
    • Ralph Carter - Michael Evans




    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      EXCELLENT DVD

      Posted
      TIFEKA

      THIS DVD IS PERFECT FOR THOSE, WHO REMEMBER WATCHING GOOD TIMES AS THEY WERE GROWING UP, LIKE MYSELF. OVER ALL, IT'S GOOD FOR ALL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE HUMOR!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Show

      Posted
      child1966
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I loved every last show. Hilarious, there are no good wholesome shows on television like it

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Funny entertainment

      Posted
      Dressedup67
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Very good price for vintage comedy. Great for the weekend

      I would recommend this to a friend



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