On February 8, 1974, CBS premiered Good Times, a show about the Evans family and their lives in the projects of inner-city Chicago. Created by writer Eric Monte and actor Michael Evans, Good Times was brought to life by producer Norman Lear as a spin-off of his show Maude, which was a spin-off of his original show, All in the Family. Let’s take a look back at the cast of Good Times and what they’ve been up to since.
Florida Moves To Chicago
Esther Rolle played matriarch Florida Evans. Florida originally appeared as the housekeeper on the show Maude, until Good Times was developed and focused on Florida’s family. For the creation of Good Times, writers altered the history of Florida and her family, giving no mention of Maude throughout the duration of the show. Good Times was solely premised on the Evans family and their struggles to overcome poverty in 1970s Chicago. While the show dealt with serious topics in the first season, which undoubtedly is what made the show popular in the first place, Rolle grew restless with the show’s direction by season two. Click on to find out why!