Parents' Guide to

Good Times

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dy-no-mite '70s sitcom with a social message.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

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Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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During the first few years of its original 1974-1979 run, Good Times served as a platform for discussing social injustice in urban America. Early episodes moved away from stereotypes by presenting strong African-American characters with something constructive to say about the issues of the time -- including Watergate, the gas crisis, and inflation. Also significant was the show's focus on African-American pride, most notably articulated through Michael, who even at a young age was a committed activist for his community.

Unfortunately, in later years Good Times shifted away from being a vehicle for positive family values to centering on the Walkers' brand of comedy -- which includes a lot of behavior that reinforces African-American stereotypes of the time. Nonetheless, the show expanded the boundaries of African-American television, providing a strong foundation for future positive African-American role models.

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