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Good Times - The Complete Fourth Season (1974)

Esther Rolle , Ja'net DuBois , Gerren Keith  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Esther Rolle, Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker
  • Directors: Gerren Keith
  • Writers: Allan Manings, Austin Kalish, Bill Davenport, Bob Peete, Booker Bradshaw
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 602 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VL1JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Times - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker. Timely and sensitive subjects encased with fun and laughter dominate this hit show as the fourth season continued on a successful run. Includes The Big Move," J.J. and the Older Woman," Willona's Surprise," My Son, the Father" and 20 more. 26 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1976-77/color/10 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn,Damn, Damn!!!! Post John Amos GT December 15, 2004
Format:DVD
Due to disputes with John Amos on the direction of the show,He was asked to leave before the fourth season began.The premiere episode The Big Move dealt with the death of James Evans Sr (Amos)from a car accident, and the Evans family carrying on throughout the season.
Good Times broke ground as an African American show which was headed by both parents.The loss of the patriarch was a major blow to the show as it was robbed of it unique premise of a tight knit family surviving in the ghetto.Amos's character was the soul of the show as he portrayed a man with limited education,yet fiercely devoted to his family.
Another change in the show was the character of JJ(Jimmie Walker) who has to fill in for his father.The once bufoonish character having to grow up didn't sit well with TV viewer who wanted their fill of "DY-NO-MITE".The most astounding change on the show was Florida (Esther Rolle),as she became a stronger household head in the wake of her husband.
By the end of the season,Florida meets Carl Dixon (Moses Gunn) who was suppose to fill in for Amos.By the next season,Rolle departed the show due to the eroding direction of the show(Florida's abscence was due to marrying Carl and moving away with him).Despite some great episodes (J.J.'s New Career ,The Big Move, Thelma's African Romance,J.J. and the Older Woman, Willona's Surprise),there were a majority of stinkers (especially the bizaare "The Judy Cohen Story".Although a dip in quality in season four was obvious, the show would finally "Jump The Shark" in the next season.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best out of the 6 seasons February 18, 2005
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It's kind of a double edge sword. With John Amos, who played the role of James Evans better than any actor could have, the first 3 seasons are really good. At the same time, season 4 is also pretty good after Amos left because of the new direction the show took with more serious storylines. Esther Rolle really steps up to the challenge of playing the single mother, and even J.J. becomes a little more serious character in his role of becoming man of the house. The majority of these episodes are compelling entertainment and highlight the issues of a mother raising a family alone, having to to be the reasonable one and the tough one that Amos was in the relationship. I know Rolle felt some of these scripts stereotyped inner city black youth, but I think some of the shows in season 4 brought some things home to viewers who really lived the life that the Evans lived. Bad part was that in the long run, the absence of John Amos and later Rolle in season 5 would be the downfall of the series.

After re-watching a few of the episodes so far, I feel my money was very well spent. Buy it especially if you're a fan of the show but can't afford to buy every season. Though at this point I'm considering buying the others upon rediscovering this wonderful sitcom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Losing James Evans, the patriach of the family, robbed the show of its momentum and its core ideal of showing a complete African-American family struggling to make ends meet together. And as badly as the writers chose to deal with the departure of John Amos' character, the performance of Esther Rolle in those two first episodes of this season salvage what is left of a bad situation and it hits home. The end of the 2nd episode is probably one of the most emotional moments ever in television history and you just can't help feeling her pain and agony over the death of her husband. It's a credit to Esther Rolle's acting talent and it does the show justice and puts a fitting, albeit bittersweet closure to this unfortunate circumstance. There are some good shows this season to enjoy however it's clear that the show begins its steady decline from its heyday that it enjoyed the first 3 seasons. But no matter what you think, Good Times is one of those shows that I believe will forever be considered the best of what television had to offer during the late 70s and is a classic for all time. Enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 October 22, 2005
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I really enjoyed this TV Series when I was younger and have seen every episode, so finally getting them on DVD is a special treat for me. Seasons 1-3 were great! I looked up to John Amos' character "James". To me, James was what I needed growing up without a Dad in the home. So as a kid, when I first saw the episode where he dies and since I really looked up to James, I felt for Florida and the Evans Family and I even went into the bathroom and cried after that episode because I didn't want any of my family members to see me crying. To my understanding, John Amos was constantly frustrated and voicing his opinion about the writing and wanted to see more positive situations written into the show. I guess people at CBS thought they knew enough about African-Americans who watched the show and assumed we could never relate to anyone of us getting our lives together and actually moving up in the world. So they gave "Good Times" the ultimate change: What could be the worse thing that could happen to a poor Black Family with both parents struggling to make ends meet and keep the family together? One of the Parents dies or gets killed!!!! This is exactly what CBS did when they fired John Amos, they killed off his "James" character insuring that he never returned. Now Florida is a single mother taking on the whole load by herself without the strong pillar of James to hold her up. But like my mother, she remained strong and somehow has even more strength than she knew she had. When I'm watching these episodes, it's as if I'm receiving motherly advice as I watch and listen to Florida advise J.J., Thelma and Michael. Overall, I enjoy watching these old episodes as many times as I like. Thank you Esther, may you rest in peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!
This TV Show is always making me laugh. JJ and Thelma arguing or James horrible attitude. It's funny and witty without being annoying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shoegal3
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 4
JJ is head of the house after dad's (James) passing. I Love Good Times!! Will watch over and over again!!
Published 3 months ago by LJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Season Four: A memorable season
Season Four of "Good Times" begins with hope & promise for the Evanses, as James has landed a job in Mississippi in the episode "The Big Move". Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Hugaert
5.0 out of 5 stars This marked the what this decade was all about.
Recommend buying this DVD. I am enjoying all six seasons of Good Times. Love the messages, that are given after every episode.
Published 12 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Times...Great Series!!
I bought this for my Wife. She has been a fan since the beginning. She absolutely loves it! Excellent series! Product delivered just as described.
Published 14 months ago by The Real LL
5.0 out of 5 stars Holding my Fat Laughing
I have a friend that loves to laugh and I love to make her laugh. Bought a set for Xmas and it turned out to be a wonderful gift that made her laugh for years and years.
Published 20 months ago by JrB
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Times))))))!
You can't go wrong with this purchase. Enjoy the episodes with the family. 3 DVD disc full of funny and hilarious Jimmy Walker.
Published 22 months ago by Yaken Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars .....Good Times.......
Even though i am young, i love the shows that took place in the '70s and '80s. I really love this show and i am happy to receive this today. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Ms. Jap'88
4.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke! Don't fix it!
It's a shame! You know the saying that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sadly it's true in sitcoms even successful sitcoms like Good Times about the Evans family living in the... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Sylviastel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Times was on the rebound following the loss of James.........
The fourth season struggles to find it's focus and vision following the loss of John Amos who left the show due to creative differences with the writers and producers. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by The Specialist
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