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Why did the producers on Good Times have to get rid of the father? The show’s decision to get rid of it’s most popular and empowering character was one of the biggest mistakes ever made in the history of television. When James died, the show started to die. It went from being a great show with tremendous meaning, to becoming a regular sitcom with no backbone.
Finally, Thelma (Bern Nadette Stanis) and Michael (Ralph Carter) talk about what happened behind the scenes. They say that the producers of the show were just as disrespectful to this cast as the producers were toward Redd Foxx when he died a few years later. They say that they didn’t even find out that James was going to be off the show until they started reading the script. They also say that when they read that he died, they thought it was a mistake that the writers had made.
We know what happened to the show after that, and it looks like Bern Nadette and Ralph knew the show was in trouble. Hear it from their mouths and ask yourself: “Why won’t they make another show like this today?”
You can also read 10 things you may not know about the TV show, “Good Times” here.