‘Good Times’: Was Michael Evans Written to Be Less ‘Militant’ in the Show’s Later Seasons

One of the most important sitcoms ever, Good times it is famous for showcasing unique and special characters. However, one of these characters was written in a different way as the seasons went on.

‘Good Times’ is one of the most iconic sitcoms ever

Good times, the spinoff de Maude and Maude was a spinoff of All in the Family. It is believed to be the first Black family sitcom show with two parents on television. The show ran from 1974 to 1979 and remained on television for six seasons. Starring John Amos, Esther Rolle, Ja’Net Dubois, Bernadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker and Janet Jackson.

After a few seasons, both Rolle and Amos would end up leaving the show after having issues with his lead (especially with the character JJ) who went against the representatives of the show. exhibition. While Rolle finished returning to the show as a regular series by the end but Amos ’character was killed in the third season.

“The fact is, when the show first started, we didn’t have any African-American writers on the show,” Amos said to him Sway in the morning several years ago. “And some of the comments that they wrote, according to my character, and in fact for some of the other characters as well, made me say ‘Uh, we can’t do this, we can’t do that. ‘”

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The writing for Michael Evans began to change as the character and actor Ralph Carter began to get older.

The Evans children have special characters, Thelma (Stanis), JJ (Walker), and Michael (Carter). Michael was known for being very pro-Black and a young activist. He even pushes positive thoughts on his parents and makes them think outside the box.

However, the character was like this only for the first few seasons and the character moved later in the show. This is something that film / television writer and historian Karen Burroughs Hannsberry talked about about it in an interview with getTV.

“When you have” militant “thoughts coming out of an 8-year-old, that’s funny,” she explained. “That’s nice. But when that person is 15, and old enough to put something behind the militancy, it ‘s not so funny. I don’t think they could have this young man – because that’s what he came for – saying the same things that little Michael had said. ”

Walker is said to have said “Ralph Carter left us,” as the character began to decline as time went on. Even outside of the “militant” thoughts, the generic sputum things Michael would usually say were now given to the youngest young character, Penny.

Hannsberry explained that this was going to happen once the character was written in a different way.

“I can see why he escaped,” she continued. “What did he have? That was his whole thing, his special place. When you take that away, he no longer had an identity. There was nothing to establish events or situations. ”

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