Good Times

The BEST episodes of Good Times

Every episode of Good Times ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Good Times!

The Evans family scratches and survives in their tough South Side Chicago ghetto. Esther Rolle and John Amos star as parents Florida and James, with "dyn-o-mite" breakout comedy star Jimmie Walker as J.J., the oldest of the three Evans children.

Last Updated: 10/7/2022Network:CBS
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Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah
star
8.53
58 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/1/1974

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
The Encyclopedia Hustle
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8.45
47 votes

#2 - The Encyclopedia Hustle

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/29/1974

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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Thelma's Scholarship
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8.40
48 votes

#3 - Thelma's Scholarship

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/11/1975

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Family Gun
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8.36
61 votes

#4 - The Family Gun

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/16/1975

James brings a gun home to protect his family.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writer: Bob Peete
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Evans Versus Davis
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8.33
12 votes

#5 - Evans Versus Davis

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1976

When J.J. refuses to speak on Alderman Davis' behalf at a fundraiser, the family is threatened with eviction.

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Too Old Blues
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8.32
133 votes

#6 - Too Old Blues

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/8/1974

When James misses out on a good job because of his age, the family's celebration party turns sour.

Writer: Bob Peete
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The Big Move (2)
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8.29
28 votes

#7 - The Big Move (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/29/1976

Florida's stoic reaction to James' death has the kids upset by her lack of emotion.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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Michael Gets Suspended
star
8.22
86 votes

#8 - Michael Gets Suspended

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/8/1974

Michael is suspended from school after proclaiming that George Washington was a racist.

Writer: Eric Monte
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Black Jesus
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8.16
145 votes

#9 - Black Jesus

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/15/1974

J.J.'s painting of a black Jesus coincides with good fortune coming to each family member.

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The I.Q. Test
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8.16
57 votes

#10 - The I.Q. Test

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/22/1974

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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J.J. Becomes a Man (1)
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8.13
61 votes

#11 - J.J. Becomes a Man (1)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/17/1974

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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Florida Flips
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8.13
79 votes

#12 - Florida Flips

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/10/1974

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

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Florida and Carl
star
8.12
8 votes

#13 - Florida and Carl

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/23/1977

A reluctant Florida agrees to go out with Carl, but the date doesn't go as planned.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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Springtime in the Ghetto
star
8.08
64 votes

#14 - Springtime in the Ghetto

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/19/1974

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Visitor
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8.06
68 votes

#15 - The Visitor

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/5/1974

Michael's angry letter about the conditions in the ghetto prompts a visit from the city housing commission.

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J.J. in Trouble
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8.06
17 votes

#16 - J.J. in Trouble

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/3/1976

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Family Tree
star
8.00
18 votes

#17 - The Family Tree

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/23/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writer: Bob Peete
Watch Now:Amazon
Willona's Dilemma
star
7.98
48 votes

#18 - Willona's Dilemma

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/11/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Houseguest
star
7.91
45 votes

#19 - The Houseguest

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/18/1975

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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Florida's Night Out
star
7.90
10 votes

#20 - Florida's Night Out

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/15/1976

Florida meets a charming widower when Willona takes her out for the evening.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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The Lunch Money Ripoff
star
7.88
51 votes

#21 - The Lunch Money Ripoff

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/18/1975

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Debutante Ball
star
7.88
50 votes

#22 - The Debutante Ball

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/4/1975

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.

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J.J.'s Fiancee (2)
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7.88
16 votes

#23 - J.J.'s Fiancee (2)

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/13/1976

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

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The Mural
star
7.84
55 votes

#24 - The Mural

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/2/1975

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

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The Check Up
star
7.84
61 votes

#25 - The Check Up

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/3/1974

The Evanses become concerned about James's possible hypertension.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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