Good Times

Good Times Topps released this card set devoted to the TV series Good Times in 1975. There were 55 cards and 21 stickers in the set.

The show dealt with the plight of the Evanses, a hard-working African-American family who struggled just to survive in the Chicago ghetto. The series was a spin-off of Maude (the mother, Florida Evans, had been a maid on that show), which in turn had been created as a spin-off from All in the Family. Young comedian Jimmy Walker, who played the skinny wisecracker J.J. on the show, was catapulted to fame. The character's trademark phrase was "Dynomite!"

The card fronts offer a color still from the series, with a funny caption in a word balloon. The backs feature either a puzzle piece (with some text) or a 'Behind the Scenes' paragraph of text within a border shaped like a television. The stickers portrayed the various characters, some repeated with funny sayings, and are unnumbered.

Though probably a mystery to younger collectors, those of us who were around in the 1970's remember this show very well.