Good Times Seasons 3 and 4 (1975-1977) – By Jason S. Lockard

The Evans and friends return for two more seasons of trying to keep their heads above water and make a wave when they can. Even with temporary lay offs, easy credit rip offs, scratchin’ and surviving and hangin in a chow line. Now thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment we can all enjoy the ‘good times’ again and again on DVD.

Good times was a spin off of the Bea Arthur sitcom Maude and detailed the trials and tribulations of a family living in the projects on the south side of Chicago. Florida Evans, her husband James, their children; daughter Thelma and sons J.J. and Michael. The first three seasons of this sitcom ranked in Nielsen’s top 24 TV shows. What changed? In my humble opinion when they wrote James off the show! That lose changed the whole dynamic of the show.

Some of the best episodes in these two seasons include; The Family Gun: James has bought a gun to protect his family from the scum on the streets. But then panics when he finds the gun is missing. The Rent Party: Wanda, the project’s favorite senior citizen, and a proud lady is going to be evicted. So the Evans’ decide to throw her a rent party without telling her who it was for. Michael the Warlord: Michael is bullied into joining a gang, which he hides from his family. As soon as Florida finds out, she heads to the hideout. Evans versus Davis: J.J. is told by crooked Alderman Davis to speak on his behalf at a city council meeting or the Evans family would be facing eviction.

The two seasons brought us 48 hilarious, thought provoking and sometimes heartbreaking episodes on 4 discs. Each episode is presented in full frame and really good audio and video quality. The DVD menu is easy to access. There is no bonus features. You can buy these seasons in season 3 and 4 separate collection for under 10 bucks each or the awesome combo pack for under $15. I highly suggest you head over to and pick up a copy today!

Moral Rating: adult themes
Audience: families
Genre: sitcom
Length: Over 20 hours
DVD Released: 2014
DVD Rating: A+