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Good Times - The Complete Fourth Season

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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: Multiple Formats, 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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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VL1JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

Customer Reviews

One of the Parents dies or gets killed!!!!
World Champion
The family is often visited by Florida's best friend from high school, Willona (Ja'net DuBois), who also lives in the project.
Britt Gillette
Me and my six year old daughter loves the whole series and I am really glad I purchased them.
laid back lady

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joey Saylor on February 18, 2005
Format: DVD
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DEAN M. Dent on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By World Champion on October 22, 2005
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Francois on November 27, 2005
Format: DVD
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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