The Best Episodes Directed by Herbert Kenwith

Willis' Privacy

#1 - Willis' Privacy

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 17

To get rid of his pesky little brother, Willis divides the bedroom in half and spends more time at his friend's house.

star 8.83
12 votes
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Willis' Birthday

#2 - Willis' Birthday

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 23

Willis is hurt when he thinks his family has forgotten his upcoming birthday. After dropping several unsubtle hints he discovers that not only has everyone remembered, but also his fondest wish has been granted -- a birthday party in his old Harlem neighborhood.

star 8.69
13 votes
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A Little Extra Security

#3 - A Little Extra Security

Sanford and Son Season 4 - Episode 13

After Grady receives an extra Social Security check, he gambles the money away in Las Vegas.

star 8.58
21 votes
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Fred's Treasure Garden

#4 - Fred's Treasure Garden

Sanford and Son Season 4 - Episode 11

With Fred in St. Louis, Grady unwittingly serves a salad to Smitty and Hoppy that may contain marijuana leaves.

star 8.54
24 votes
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Thelma's Scholarship

#5 - Thelma's Scholarship

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 23

Thelma has a chance at winning a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school in Michigan. However, even before she knows she won, a snobby girl from a fraternity comes around wanting Thelma to join and quickly discovers they just want her because she's black.

star 8.52
44 votes
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Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah

#6 - Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 4

To avoid being bused to a white neighborhood, Michael forges his parents' names on a questionnaire.

star 8.50
56 votes
The Encyclopedia Hustle

#7 - The Encyclopedia Hustle

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 8

An encyclopedia salesman is the last person James wants to see when he comes home from work. However, he softens when he learns the man is blind. This leads James to sign a contract and reads the fine print only after the man leaves.

star 8.50
46 votes
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Getting Involved

#8 - Getting Involved

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 22

When Arnold is witness to a hold up, the robber tries to ensure that the youngster will not identify him.

star 8.42
12 votes
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The New Landlord

#9 - The New Landlord

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 16

The kids devise a scheme hoping to make Arnold convince the new landlord to let the family keep the penthouse.

star 8.40
15 votes
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The Family Gun

#10 - The Family Gun

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 2

James brings a gun home to protect his family.

star 8.39
56 votes
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The 45-Year-Old Man

#11 - The 45-Year-Old Man

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 1 - Episode 24

When Lou is fired, Mary goes to confront the station owner, Wild Jack Munroe.

star 8.26
23 votes
The I.Q. Test

#12 - The I.Q. Test

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 7

Michael, one of the brightest boys in his class, comes home with the news that he scored the lowest out of his whole class on an I.Q. test.

star 8.26
58 votes
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J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 1)

#13 - J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 1)

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 2

After his birthday party, J.J. is arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store.

star 8.25
60 votes
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Florida Flips

#14 - Florida Flips

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 1

Florida's strange behavior has everyone wondering what the problem might be.

star 8.22
75 votes
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Springtime in the Ghetto

#15 - Springtime in the Ghetto

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 10

When Michael brings a local wino home, Florida's chances of being named as having the cleanest apartment in the projects are dimmed.

star 8.16
63 votes
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The Club Meeting

#16 - The Club Meeting

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 11

Willis invites his neighborhood club from Harlem to visit, but things get out of hand when he tries to impress them with his new wealth.

star 8.11
45 votes
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The Trip (1)

#17 - The Trip (1)

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 20

The stars of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Hello, Larry" get together in a special, hilarious hour in which Phillip Drummond realizes that the purchase of a Portland radio station could mean the loss of a job for his old friend Larry Alder.

star 8.08
13 votes
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J.J. in Trouble

#18 - J.J. in Trouble

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 21

After his ex-girlfriend tells him he has V.D., and embarrassed J.J. visits the local clinic.

star 8.08
13 votes
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Willona's Dilemma

#19 - Willona's Dilemma

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 10

Willona fears her new relationship with a deaf man is moving too fast.

star 8.02
42 votes
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The Lunch Money Ripoff

#20 - The Lunch Money Ripoff

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 24

A bully has been stealing Michael's lunches which prompts James to give him some tips on how to handle the situation. However, Michael surprises everyone with his own tactic, he invites the bully home for the weekend.

star 8.00
46 votes
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The Houseguest

#21 - The Houseguest

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 20

A childhood friend of James' arrives for a visit and quickly his gambling problem becomes an Evans family problem when two hoods show up looking for him to pay off a $5000 debt.

star 7.93
42 votes
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The Family Tree

#22 - The Family Tree

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 15

Thelma discovers that James' father is alive and living in Chicago, but James is reluctant to see him.

star 7.93
14 votes
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The Debutante Ball

#23 - The Debutante Ball

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 18

J.J. is enchanted with his new girlfriend, Clarissa, and is all set to take her to a ritzy debutante ball. However, Clarissa has come to the Evans' apartment with some bad news, her parents won't let her go with J.J., citing that they think she's too good for him.

star 7.92
49 votes
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J.J.'s Fiancee (Part 2)

#24 - J.J.'s Fiancee (Part 2)

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 18

J.J.'s elopement plans are dashed when his girlfriend finds herself needing a fix but without dope.

star 7.92
12 votes
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Sweet Daddy Williams

#25 - Sweet Daddy Williams

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 19

J.J. new patron is Sweet Daddy Williams, the most notorious criminal in the projects.

star 7.89
19 votes
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The Check Up

#26 - The Check Up

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 12

The Evanses become concerned about James's possible hypertension.

star 7.89
61 votes
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Junior Gets a Patron

#27 - Junior Gets a Patron

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 7

J.J.'s new art sponsor is a criminal whose patronage is unwelcome by James.

star 7.85
71 votes
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Florida Goes to School

#28 - Florida Goes to School

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 15

Florida is going to night school hoping to achieve a High School Equivalency diploma, but her working in the daytime and going to school at night puts a strain on her relationship with James.

star 7.83
48 votes
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The Enlistment

#29 - The Enlistment

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 22

The Evans' family is hit with a double dose of unemployment blues after both James and J.J. lose their jobs. Wanting to support his family, J.J. decides to join the U.S. army.

star 7.82
44 votes
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J.J.'s Fiancee (Part 1)

#30 - J.J.'s Fiancee (Part 1)

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 17

J.J. defiantly plans to marry his girlfriend, but he does not know that she is a heroin addict.

star 7.82
11 votes
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The Mural

#31 - The Mural

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 12

J.J. is commissioned by a bank to paint a mural depicting ghetto life.

star 7.81
52 votes
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Operation Florida

#32 - Operation Florida

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 3

James insists on a level of care he can't afford when Florida needs a gallbladder operation.

star 7.80
50 votes
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J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 2)

#33 - J.J. Becomes a Man (Part 2)

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 3

Desperate to raise bail to free J.J., the family considers taking money from a loan shark.

star 7.79
56 votes
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The Family Business

#34 - The Family Business

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 17

Realizing his mechanical skills, Florida suggests that James open a fix-it shop but when they go to the bank, they're turned down for a loan. This leads James to set up shop right in the apartment, despite a clause in the lease.

star 7.77
43 votes
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Prep School

#35 - Prep School

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 4

When Mr. Drummond tries to get Arnold and Willis into an exclusive prep school, it turns out to be just a little too exclusive for everyone's tastes.

star 7.75
101 votes
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Florida's Protest

#36 - Florida's Protest

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 11

After serving the family meat that makes them sick, Florida organizes a protest against the market and winds up in jail.

star 7.74
50 votes
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The Windfall

#37 - The Windfall

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 12

James finds a bag of robbery loot adding up to $27,000. After some coaxing from Florida, James decides to turn it in. However, what Florida doesn't know is that there was $29,000 in the bag and James kept the other $2000.

star 7.69
49 votes
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A Place to Die

#38 - A Place to Die

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 16

Michael's elderly friend chooses the Evans apartment as the perfect place to draw his last breath.

star 7.67
12 votes
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The Gang: Part 1

#39 - The Gang: Part 1

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 9

J.J. secretly has become a member of the Satan's Knights, a gang who are in the midst of a gang war with the Warlords. Two members and the leader of the Satan's Knights arrive at the Evan's home to escort a scared J.J. to a meeting place where the two gangs are to tangle. However, on the way there they run into James and Florida and a scuffle ensues leaving J.J. shot.

star 7.67
51 votes
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My Girl Henrietta

#40 - My Girl Henrietta

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 21

The Evans family's joy at finally getting to meet J.J.'s girl Henrietta is shrouded by J.J.'s declaration that his immediate future could include Henrietta and matrimony.

star 7.67
48 votes
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The Break Up

#41 - The Break Up

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 23

Thelma must decide whether to move to California with her fiancé.

star 7.64
11 votes
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Mother's Last Visit

#42 - Mother's Last Visit

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 3

Mr. Drummond's socialite and rather snobbish mother arrives and finds there's a lot she doesn't like about her son's new sons, but she soon learns a valuable lesson about what's really important in a person.

star 7.62
102 votes
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Cousin Cleatus

#43 - Cousin Cleatus

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 14

The FBI comes calling when Florida's nephew is on the lam after robbing a bank.

star 7.61
18 votes
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The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls

#44 - The Girls School (a.k.a.) Garrett's Girls

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 24

Mrs. Garrett visits Kimberly's school and takes on its pushy principal with surprising results.

star 7.58
12 votes
The Spanking

#45 - The Spanking

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 5

Arnold ignores warnings and continues to drop water balloons from the balcony. Mr. Drummond's decision to punish Arnold for the prank with a spanking becomes a learning lesson for Willis too, when he insists that he be the one to spank Arnold -- but where's Arnold?

star 7.55
95 votes
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Florida the Woman

#46 - Florida the Woman

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 22

After Florida's boss takes her out to lunch, she has a confrontation with a jealous James.

star 7.55
11 votes
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The Social Worker

#47 - The Social Worker

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 2

Arnold's eavesdropping leads to trouble when a misunderstanding causes Willis and him to think that Mr. Drummond no longer wants them around; he has heard Drummond tell a social worker that "black children belong with black families."

star 7.51
82 votes
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The Woman

#48 - The Woman

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 12

Mr. Drummond's intention to marry an attractive widow doesn't meet with his children's approval, and Arnold, Willis and Kimberly devise a scheme they hope will turn his "romantic" proposal into a disaster.

star 7.50
44 votes
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Once a Thief

#49 - Once a Thief

Sanford and Son Season 4 - Episode 15

Lamont's visiting ex-con friend has Grady on high alert.

star 7.50
16 votes
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The Tutor

#50 - The Tutor

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 15

Drummond hires a tutor for Willis and Arnold who does practically everything but teach.

star 7.50
20 votes
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The Nude

#51 - The Nude

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 16

A woman aks J.J. to paint a nude portrait of her as a birthday gift for her husband. However, Florida has a hard time understanding why a woman would pose in the nude and why she has to pose in the Evans' apartment.

star 7.46
50 votes
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The Relative

#52 - The Relative

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 14

LaWanda Page guest stars as a cousin of Willis and Arnold who, after seeing the boys in their comfortable new surroundings, knows she should stay closer to her long-lost little relatives.

star 7.43
14 votes
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Junior the Senior

#53 - Junior the Senior

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 8

Florida and James try to get to the bottom of J.J.'s poor performance in school.

star 7.36
67 votes
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The Dinner Party

#54 - The Dinner Party

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 19

An elderly resident of the projects appears to be living on pet food after Michael takes out her garbage. The Evans family's attempt to do something for her is complicated when she brings a meat loaf to dinner and the kids suspect it is made from dog food.

star 7.35
49 votes
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A Loss of Confidence

#55 - A Loss of Confidence

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 13

After an epic strikeout, J.J. loses his confidence in women.

star 7.29
17 votes
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My Son the Lover

#56 - My Son the Lover

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 13

A popular girl wants J.J. to paint her portrait, but Florida and Thelma smell a rat.

star 7.29
58 votes
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The Investigation

#57 - The Investigation

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 20

The FBI investigates the Evanses because Michael had written to Cuba asking for information for a school project.

star 7.25
12 votes
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A Real Cool Job

#58 - A Real Cool Job

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 1

James' new trade-school diploma leads him to a high-paying job prospect, but it's in Alaska.

star 7.23
56 votes
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Florida's Big Gig

#59 - Florida's Big Gig

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 14

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 is in for a big surprise, the supervisor would rather hire Florida rather than him.

star 7.22
54 votes
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The Baby

#60 - The Baby

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 7

The Evanses throw a baby shower for a friend who has decided to give her child up for adoption.

star 7.21
43 votes
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The TV Commercial

#61 - The TV Commercial

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 11

Florida is offered a role in a TV commercial but has second thoughts when she learns more about the product.

star 7.08
64 votes
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Goodbye Dolly

#62 - Goodbye Dolly

Diff'rent Strokes Season 1 - Episode 6

When Arnold loses his favorite doll, he makes sure that his misery is shared equally by the various members of his household, who soon try everything to get it back.

star 7.02
83 votes
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Sex and the Evans Family

#63 - Sex and the Evans Family

Good Times Season 1 - Episode 6

Florida tries to discover the owner of a dirty article that belongs to Thelma's boyfriend.

star 7.01
76 votes
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Michael's Big Fall

#64 - Michael's Big Fall

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 8

With James out of town, Florida takes action when Michael starts misbehaving.

star 6.91
43 votes
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The Weekend

#65 - The Weekend

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 6

James and Florida celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in a cabin, but Florida can't stop worrying about the kids.

star 6.73
48 votes
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The Politicians

#66 - The Politicians

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 9

The family members choose sides in the election for district alderman.

star 6.58
48 votes
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Love in the Ghetto

#67 - Love in the Ghetto

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 4

Thelma's engagement plans aren't well received by James and Florida.

star 6.58
50 votes
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Florida's Rich Cousin

#68 - Florida's Rich Cousin

Good Times Season 3 - Episode 5

Needing financial help, Florida asks her formerly affluent cousin for a loan.

star 6.43
47 votes
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The Gang: Part 2

#69 - The Gang: Part 2

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 10

J.J. is recovering after being shot by Mad Dog, which only turned out to be a flesh wound. Meanwhile, a vengeful James presses charges against Mad Dog but a worried Florida is afraid James's anger will take over before the law does.

star 6.40
48 votes
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Thelma's Young Man

#70 - Thelma's Young Man

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 6

Thelma's mysterious boyfriend is too old for her parents' liking.

star 6.11
56 votes
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Florida, the Matchmaker

#71 - Florida, the Matchmaker

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 11

A wedding has Florida realizing that Willona is the only friend of hers left that isn't married. So this leads Florida to try her hand at matchmaking, and matches her with a friend of James'.

star 5.94
48 votes
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Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle

#72 - Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle

Good Times Season 2 - Episode 13

Cousin Naomi is visiting the Evans' for the Christmas season. However, her visit is not a happy one for Thelma, who discovers that Naomi is hiding a serious drinking problem.

star 5.61
57 votes
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