Good Times (1974–1979)
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The Family Business 

When James is rejected for a loan to open a repair shop, he sets up shop in the apartment ... well-aware of a clause in his lease prohibiting the operation of commercial activities inside ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Kenwith

Writers:

Eric Monte (created by), Mike Evans (created by) (as Michael Evans) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Esther Rolle ... Florida Evans
John Amos ... James Evans, Sr.
Ja'net DuBois ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
Ralph Carter ... Michael Evans
Jimmie Walker ... James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.
BernNadette Stanis ... Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
Johnny Brown ... Nathan Bookman
Morris Buchanan ... Mr. Dawson
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Storyline

When James is rejected for a loan to open a repair shop, he sets up shop in the apartment ... well-aware of a clause in his lease prohibiting the operation of commercial activities inside rental units. Can the Evans family keep the business a secret from Bookman, the scheming building superintendent, knowing he might make the new venture very difficult for James if he finds out? Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Brown's first appearance as building superintendent Nathan Bookman, who would become a regular during the fourth season. See more »

Connections

References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky (as Blinky Williams)
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Johnny Brown debuts as Nathan Milhous Bookman
4 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Family Business" introduced LAUGH-IN's Johnny Brown as the building superintendent Nathan Milhous Bookman, who made a total of ten episodes over the first four seasons, before becoming a full time regular for the last two. Willona always greets him as 'Mr. Booger,' before switching to 'Buffalo Butt.' James proves a wizard at repairing devices like radios and clocks, but not the old Evans TV set: "your daddy is good at fixing things JJ, nobody said nothing about raising the dead!" Florida suggests that her husband open his own repair business right there in the Evans apartment, with so many potential customers in the building, unable to buy items new so they have to repair what they have. The only snag is the snooping Bookman, typically a thorn in the family's side with his penchant for dropping by at dinnertime.


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