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Transforming a beloved TV classic into a movie is a dicey proposition.
But there are reasons to be hopeful about Good Times. Sony and Scott Rudin are teaming to bring the ’70s sitcom about a working-class black family to the big screen. Based in the south side of Chicago, Norman Lear’s socially-aware Good Times tells the story of James and Florida Evans and their three charismatic children J.J., Thelma and Michael.
The realistic series was groundbreaking for American television because it was the first to feature a working class black family that also navigated issues with finances and unemployment.
The source material offers lots of possibilities. Good Times was spun off from Maude — itself a spinoff of All in the Family — and the series allowed ’70s uber-producer Norman Lear to explore an assortment of topical issues.