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  • Actor Allusion : In the season 6 episode "Michael's Decision," Mrs. Crebbins says "I'd like to apologize from all of us for what we did to Kunta Kinte." Florida responds "He's making more money than all of us, now." James, played by John Amos was killed off in the season four premiere.. The actor played the adult Kunta Kinte in the miniseries.
  • The Cast Showoff: Michael sings. A lot. Ralph Carter's pre- and post-Good Times career was mostly musical theatre.
    • Keith frequently shows off his impressions.
  • The Danza: Two episodes featured Gary Coleman as Penny's classmate Gary.
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  • Dawson Casting: Thelma and J.J. were supposed to be 15 and 16, respectively, when the series began. BernNadette Stanis was actually 21, and Jimmie Walker was 26. John Amos was 34 years old when he started playing the middle-aged James Evans Sr., making him 8 years older than the actor playing his eldest son and 19 years younger than the actress playing his wife.
  • McLeaned: James' death followed actor John Amos' dismissal from the show over negative comments he made in Ebony magazine concerning its direction.
  • Names Not The Same: James was called 'Henry' for John Amos's appearences on Maude.
  • The Red Stapler: When J.J. went and got a library card, within days hundreds of viewers, primarily African-American, went and did the same
  • Retroactive Recognition : A very young Philip Michael Thomas. And Conchata Ferrell.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • JJ's denim cap
    • In the opening credits video montage, the 6000 series Chicago "L" train cars shown running are a treat for rail enthusiasts (these cars were in use until 1992).
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  • You Look Familiar : Theodore Wilson, the actor who played local gangster "Sweet Daddy" Williams, also played a club owner in season four.

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