The WORST episodes of Good Times

Every episode of Good Times ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 3/28/2023Network:CBS
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Sometimes There's No Bottom in the Bottle
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5.64
58 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/10/1974

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.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Thelma's Young Man
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5.98
55 votes

#2 - Thelma's Young Man

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/15/1974

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

Florida, the Matchmaker
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6.02
50 votes

#3 - Florida, the Matchmaker

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/26/1974

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'.

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
The Art Contest
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6.38
8 votes

#4 - The Art Contest

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 12/13/1979

J.J. is named winner of an art contest, but with his student's painting.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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The Gang (2)
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6.45
51 votes

#5 - The Gang (2)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/19/1974

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.

Love Has a Spot on His Lung (1)
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6.50
8 votes

#6 - Love Has a Spot on His Lung (1)

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/23/1977

After telling the kids he plans to marry their mother, Carl suddenly dumps Florida because he has been told he has cancer.

Directors: Gerren Keith
Florida's Rich Cousin
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6.58
53 votes

#7 - Florida's Rich Cousin

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/7/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Evans' Dilemma
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6.63
8 votes

#8 - The Evans' Dilemma

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 9/18/1979

Keith's sudden mood swings are the result of his dependence on alcohol.

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The Politicians
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6.67
51 votes

#9 - The Politicians

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/4/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Man I Most Admire
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6.71
52 votes

#10 - The Man I Most Admire

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/8/1974

Michael must write an essay on the person whom he most admires and selects his father as the subject.

Love in the Ghetto
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6.71
56 votes

#11 - Love in the Ghetto

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/30/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
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The Snow Storm
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6.73
11 votes

#12 - The Snow Storm

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/13/1978

Stuck in a blizzard, Florida and her school bus passengers take refuge in an abandoned building.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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Stomach Mumps
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6.75
8 votes

#13 - Stomach Mumps

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/14/1978

When Penny's 13-year-old friend becomes pregnant, Willona tells Penny that the friend has "stomach mumps".

Writer: Michael Moye
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Write On, Thelma
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6.78
9 votes

#14 - Write On, Thelma

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/27/1978

Thelma's play is selected as the community theater's latest production, but not without a flurry of changes demanded by the theater's director.

Directors: Gerren Keith
The Weekend
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6.80
54 votes

#15 - The Weekend

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/14/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Willona, the Other Woman
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6.88
8 votes

#16 - Willona, the Other Woman

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/27/1978

Already suspected of infidelity by his wife, Bookman is caught with Willona in a compromising situation.

Directors: Gerren Keith
Writer: Michael Moye
The Boarder
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6.91
11 votes

#17 - The Boarder

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/6/1978

The Evanses fear that their new boarder may become the target of a hitman.

Directors: Gerren Keith
Writer: Don Segall
Sex and the Evans Family
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6.95
73 votes

#18 - Sex and the Evans Family

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/15/1974

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

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Michael's Big Fall
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6.96
49 votes

#19 - Michael's Big Fall

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/28/1975

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

Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writer: Bob Peete
Willona, the Fuzz
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7.00
11 votes

#20 - Willona, the Fuzz

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/1977

Willona's new job in department-store security requires that she spy on changing rooms through a one-way mirror.

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My Son, the Father
star
7.00
7 votes

#21 - My Son, the Father

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/2/1977

Trouble ensues when Michael invites Carl to a father-son dinner rather than J.J.

Directors: Gerren Keith
Writer: Sid Dorfman
Bye-Bye Bookman
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7.00
5 votes

#22 - Bye-Bye Bookman

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/16/1977

Fed up with Bookman's incompetence, Willona, Penny and the Evans kids start a petition that gets him fired.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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J.J. the Teacher
star
7.00
8 votes

#23 - J.J. the Teacher

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/21/1978

J.J.'s art student has a violent father who refuses to allow his son to take the lessons.

Directors: Gerren Keith
Writer: Mark Fink
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J.J. and T.C.
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7.00
10 votes

#24 - J.J. and T.C.

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 6/20/1979

J.J. gets romantic with Bookman's female assistant.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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The Physical
star
7.00
9 votes

#25 - The Physical

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/27/1979

Florida's anxiety over an upcoming physical is worsened when Michael is mistakenly arrested.

Directors: Gerren Keith
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