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Netflix’s ‘Good Times’ Animated Revival Arrives in April

Netflix's Animated 'Good Times' Revival / Photo: NETFLIX © 2024
Netflix’s Animated ‘Good Times’ Revival / Photo: NETFLIX © 2024

*Years after news broke about Netflix’s animated revival of the classic sitcom “Good Times,” the streamer is ready to bring its latest series to the masses. What’s On Netflix reports “Good Times” is set to arrive on Netflix with an April 12, 2024 debut.

On board for the show will be the voices of Jay Pharoah as Junior, Marsai Martin as Grey, Yvette Nicole Brown as Beverly, Gerald Anthony ‘Slink’ Johnson as Dalvin and JB Smoove as Reggie. Jessica Mikayla, Venus DeMilo Thomas, and Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola round out the cast.

Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, “Good Times” premiered in 1974 and ran for six seasons before ending its run on the small screen in 1979.

The series, which the late Norman Lear developed, centered around a struggling family living in a poor black inner-city Chicago neighborhood and the real-life issues they faced.

Stars of the long-running sitcom included John Amos, who played James Evans, Esther Rolle as his wife Florida Evans, Bern Nadette Stanis as James and Florida’s daughter Thelma, Ralph Carter as the couple’s youngest son Michael, Ja’Net DuBois, who played Florida’s best friend Willona Woods, Johnny Brown, who played Nathan Bookman and Jimmie Walker as James and Florida’s oldest son J.J.

Cast of original "Good Times" show: left to right Ralph Carter, Bern Nadette Stanis, Ja 'Net Dubois, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker
The cast of original “Good Times” show: left to right: Ralph Carter, Bern Nadette Stanis, Ja ‘Net Dubois, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker

The latest news surrounding the “Good Times” revival comes more than two years after the project was announced in September 2020. The executive producers on the new show are Seth MacFarlane, Erica Huggins, Brent Millar, Erick Peyton, Brent Miller, and Stephen Curry.

Carl Jones and Ranada Shepard are credited as the creators of the “Good Times” revival, which, according to its official synopsis, will focus on “a new generation of the Evans family keeps their head above water in a Chicago housing project.” Acclaimed North Carolina producer 9th Wonder will serve as the show’s executive music producer and supervisor, Vibe reports.

For McFarlane, the animated format is ” the ideal medium” to present “Good Times” to a new audience ready to embrace the Evans family as well as veteran viewers who still remember the impact of the original 1970s series.

“Animation is the ideal medium with which to reimagine the original show, and through the lens of Carl’s sharp, biting humor, audiences will grow to love these classic characters all over again,” MacFarlane and Huggins stated when the reimagining was first announced.

The new “Good Times” couldn’t come at a better time. According to What’s On Netflix, the streamer is finding itself in troubled waters with shows on its adult animation roster being canceled over the last few years, while others aren’t making much of a dent in Netflix’s top 10s.

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Netflix Animated G'ood-Times' Revival / Photo: NETFLIX © 2024
Netflix Animated G’ood-Times’ Revival / Photo: NETFLIX © 2024

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