When it came to TV sitcoms, the ’70s was a revolutionary time. Suddenly, a genre that had been utterly escapist got real. And a lot of that was due to legendary producer Norman Lear. His shows, including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, and Good Times, dealt with all kinds of contemporary issues, most notably inner-city race relations. And they did so in a no-holds-barred way that you wouldn’t see on TV sitcoms today. Although soon, you might — Sony, which owns the Lear library of shows, is looking to revive them for today’s audience.
Good Times starred James Amos and Esther Rolle as a husband and wife raising three kids in the Chicago projects. Amos was especially proud of how the first few seasons of the show mixed its laughs with a lot of serious issues, but once J.J. (Jimmie Walker) became the show’s breakout character, he thought the show started to get a little lazy. As it turns out, it was an opinion that proved fatal to his character! (click on the media bar below to hear John Amos)
His character’s death gave the show one of its signature moments, when his wife finally comes to grips with the fact that he’s gone, but Amos doesn’t need to see it — he still hears the simple, yet emotional line all the time from fans of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Amos)
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