Iconic Black sitcom Good Times is getting a new animated series at Netflix, Shadow and Act has learned. Here’s the logline: Good Times is Norman Lear’s first animated series, following the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. Just as the original did years ago, Good Times strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.
Carl Jones (Boondocks, Black Dynamite) will serve as creator, showrunner, and executive producer. The project is from original producer Norman Lear’s Act III Productions, Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door and Sony Pictures TV.
Producers include Lear and Brent Miller for Act III Productions, Curry, Erick Peyton and Jeron Smith for Unanimous and MacFarlane and Erica Huggins for Fuzzy Door.
“We can’t think of anything better, at this time in our culture, than a reimagining of Good Times animated. In a year filled with darkness, this is one bright light we won’t soon forget. Thank you, Sony. Thank you, Netflix. Bless us all,” Lear and Miller.
Jones said,“It’s a dream come true to be working with the legendary talents of Norman Lear, Seth McFarlane and Stephen Curry. We are excited to carry on the original legacy of GOOD TIMES – but now animated and a little edgier. Let’s just say the struggle has just gotten strugglier.”
“We are so excited about this project! Unanimous is all about authentic partnerships and this team felt genuine from the beginning. Good Times strives to remind us that with the love of our family we can overcome any obstacle. We think, now more than ever, the world needs to see a show with hope and positivity,” said Curry and Peyton.
MacFarlane and Erica Huggins added, “It’s a thrill to be partnering with Norman Lear and to help bring new life to his groundbreaking show Good Times, through the talent and personal stories of Carl Jones and the team at Unanimous. 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.”
The original series, a spinoff of Maude (which was an All in the Family spinoff itself), was the first two-parent Black family sitcom on television. It aired from 1974-1979 for six seasons, starring John Amos, Esther Rolle, Ja’net Dubois, Bernadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Janet Jackson and more.
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