Published on September 15th 2010 by Leon Shepherd

Good Times is a sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on the CBS television network. It was created by Eric Monte (“Cooley High”) and Michael Evans (Lionel from “The Jeffersons”) and produced by Norman Lear. Good Times was a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family. While the series was set in Chicago, all episodes of Good Times were produced in the Los Angeles area. Listed below are clips of my top 10 favorite “Good Times” episodes. Let the top 10 debate begin!

























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14 Responses to “Top 10 Favorite “Good Times” Episodes”

  1. Shack Says:

    Leon – THIS IS A GREAT LIST and thanks for compiling. As far as the rankings, it seems like favorite episodes numbered, 2,3, 7 and 10 could be replaced with the episode(s)featuring Debbie Allen as the drug addicted prom date. The character name escapes me but in my opinion those were two of the most powerful (not necessarily funny)episodes produced for the series.

  2. Shack II Says:

    After reviewing these, No. 5 is my favorite and the funniest in my opinion. How can you go wrong w John Amos (Best TV Dad and Black Father role model of all time), the late/great Teddy Wilson/Sweet Daddy (the greatest visiting character on the show) and BeBe Drake (Savanah Jones and the future Myra on “Martin”) in the same episode???

  3. grapevine Says:

    Leon, at last a list that I agree on. Congradulations! This was hard to do, but you nailed it.

  4. grapevine Says:

    I forgot, there is one episode you left off: JJ’s invitation to the debutant dance.

  5. Leon Says:

    Thanks Grapevine!

  6. Leon Says:

    I searched for that episode, but couldn’t find it.

  7. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    I liked all of these episodes. I can’t think of an episode that I enjoyed more than these. There were so many to choose from. Thanks Leon. These were great!

  8. Leon Says:

    You’re right, Lenora.
    There were so many good episodes, it wasn’t easy selecting 10 favorites.
    But I’m glad you, Shack, & Grapevine liked the list.

  9. Rod Moore Says:

    Great list Leon but my fav has got to be the one with Eddie. The episode with Ron Glass is also one of my favs. What about the episode with Thalmus Rasula when he ripped off Florida & James silver salt & pepper shakers to offset his gambling debts? Another fav is the one about the debutante ball & the girls parents disapprove of JJ dating their daughter. Or the one where JJ got in trouble with a gang and mad dog wanted to fight James & in the end James felt sorry for him. I know you could only do ten but those were a few that came to mind. Peace.

  10. Leon Says:

    Rod, I liked all of those that you mentioned. But as you stated, I could only list ten.

  11. Shack Says:

    Roddy- The Mad Dog episode. I knew there was one I had forgotten. That one has to be the most powerful. Leon and I argued about how sitcoms could sometimes be serious a few months back and I referenced that one since JJ was shot! That episode should knock out one of the numbers I referenced above (#s 2,3, or 7) We’ll let 10 stay in.

    The episode you mentioned about the debutante/parent disapproval is the one I reference in Comment 1. Debbie Allen played Diana and “Big Money Grip” from “Sanford & Son” played her father.

  12. Rod Moore Says:

    Dont know about your dvd collection but I hope you have “In Living Color” seasons 1-2.Absolute genius. The reason I bring this up- The 10 funniest characters- How would you rank them? obviously Homie is #1 but what about wanda or men on film or david allen griers old man that has a song for everthing “wrote a song about it goes like this” Frenchie & many others. So Shack Leon Grapevine what do think?

  13. Shack II Says:

    Leon/Rod/GG – Does everyone realize that the shortest of the three henchmen in the Mad Dog episode is the same actor who played Eddie in the “Lunch Rip-Off” Episode/Number 4 (one of both Rod’s & GG’s favorites)along with the future “Rooster”/Michael Roberts from “Baretta?”

  14. Shack Says:

    Rod – Can’t remember all the names..Do recall Wanda & Homie and some of the characters.

    Although there are others on the waiting list (such as the Isley’s TT), believe Leon will devise this list as his schedule allows!