YMMV / Good Times

  • Acceptable Targets: JJ frequently mocked Bookman's weight.
    • EVERYONE mocked Bookman's weight. Even his wife!
    • Alderman Fred Davis was also heavily disliked by the Evanses, save James and JJ.
    • JJ also disliked Alderman Davis after James' death. In a memorable episode, J.J. completely destroyed Davis in front of a podium of political peers. It backfired though, because this made more people vote for him.
  • Anvilicious: S.O.P. for Lear Sit Coms, pre-Three's Company.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. I DEFY you to deny it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight : During the season 5 episode "Breaker Breaker," Willona says to a depressed Michael, "You've been moping around like you're Farrah Fawcett and you found a bald spot on the top of your head." Fawcett died in 2009, after a battle with cancer, including chemotherapy.
  • Hollywood Pudgy : Comments are sometimes made about Florida's weight. While she's thicker than Willona or Thelma, she's about a size 16 and looks like a middle-aged mom.
  • MST3K Mantra: Where did JJ keep getting his art supplies?
    • Sometimes they were given to JJ by the people who wanted artwork done (Alderman Davis, Sweet Daddy Williams, the bank president in that one episode, to name a few.)
    • In the first season, it's indicated that JJ sometimes stole his art supplies.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Daaamn... DAAAMN... DAAAAAAAMN!"
  • Seasonal Rot: The season where Florida is Put on a Bus.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Poverty, wellness, and mental health were the biggest issues addressed. The episode wherein James is diagnosed with hypertension was especially important, as many health problems were almost never spoken of in black communities at the time.
    • A classic example was the topic of sex education. The show handled it pretty well, and avoided Anvilicious commentary.
  • Tear Jerker: James' death in the Season 4 premiere is probably one of the more jarring ones for a 70s sitcom.
  • Ugly Cute: J.J.'s appearance. The opinion varies from episode to episode. While he's attractive enough (Kavorka Man) to pick up women, most characters—namely Michael, Thelma and even Florida—comments otherwise. It's Played for Laughs when addressed and doesn't seem to bother him.
  • Values Resonance: One episode has J.J. being accused of a crime, only for the police to admit that the actual crook is a short white man who looks nothing like him apart from the exact same wardrobe. With the all the complaints about police racial profiling nowadays, this plot sadly feels all the more relevant.