Does Good Times  Animated Reboot ‘Push Boundaries’ As Advertized or Glorify Sterotypes & Damage Legacy Of The Beloved Orginal

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In the final episode of Good Times, titled ‘The End Of The Rainbow that aired, August 1, 1979, a whirlwind of good fortune hits the Evans household when Keith is offered another football contract. JJ gets a job at a comedy company, and Willona moves to the same fancy apartment building as Keith, Thelma and Florida.

Now 45 years later in April 2024 in the new animated reboot on Netflix, the Evans family is back in apartment 17C.

The original “Good Times” premiered on CBS, making history as the first Black American family sitcom to feature a two-parent home. The show was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and the late Norman Lear executive produced. It ran for six seasons, airing its final episode on Aug. 1, 1979. Today, it remains a cultural staple within the Black community for spotlighting the struggles working-class and marginalized communities face.

Like its predecessor, Netflix attempts to tackle the similar themes with its own dyn-0-mite version. But has the new version continued to push boundaries or has it gone too far. After the original ended with The Evans family finally getting out of the ghetto, the new animated reboot puts their decedents back in the same apartment James and Florida tried to escape. Sounds like hustling backwards to me.

A lot of people feel the new Good Times animated series on Netflix is a glorified stereotypical show that has damaged the image of the original Good Times family show that started in 1974 through 1979. The New Good Times animated series promotes violence, culture destruction of the Black community and alcohol abuse. They feel it’s time to put a stop to this nonsense that is portraying Black Americans in a negative light through these shows; could lead to bad outcomes towards our youth potential Police brutalities and an increase of the prison population industry.

There is a petition has been circulating to have the New Good Times animated show to be banned on Netflix.

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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