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Netflix’s ‘Good Times’ animated series: everything you need to know

todayDecember 13, 2023

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Netflix is gearing up to launch an animated reboot of the beloved classic show “Good Times.” This fresh iteration is set to bring new life to the iconic series, blending nostalgia with contemporary storytelling. Renowned creative minds, Ranada Shepard and Carl Jones, join forces as co-creators, infusing the series with their unique vision. Deadline.com provides an inside look at what to expect from this much-anticipated reboot.

A Talented Creative Team at the Helm

Ranada Shepard, known for her work on “Young Love” and “Diary of a Future President,” steps into a pivotal role as co-creator and executive producer of the series. Additionally, she will be the showrunner, bringing her extensive experience and fresh perspective to the project. Carl Jones, synonymous with innovative animation, joins Shepard in shaping the reboot’s direction.

Star-Studded Voice Cast

The reboot boasts a stellar voice cast, including the talents of JB Smoove, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jay Pharoah, Marsai Martin, Slink Johnson, and Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola. Jay Pharoah’s involvement is particularly noteworthy, as he previously portrayed J.J. Evans, a character originally played by Jimmie Walker, in ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All In The Family and Good Times.” This connection to the original series adds a layer of authenticity and respect for the source material.

Honoring a Television Legend

Following the passing of TV legend Norman Lear, the series will pay homage to his legacy. Lear, instrumental in shaping television’s landscape, will be guest-starring in a Season 1 episode, bridging the past with the present in this animated venture.

A Contemporary Setting with Timeless Themes

The animated series will follow the fourth generation of the Evans family, residing in apartment 17C of Chicago’s last remaining housing projects. The setting is both contemporary and reminiscent of the original series’ backdrop. It promises to explore themes of resilience, love, and the complexities of family life, echoing the original show’s spirit while addressing modern challenges.

A Collaborative Production Effort

Though they have not officially commented on the production details, Netflix and Sony Picture Television collaborated on this comedy. The target premiere is set for Summer 2024, generating anticipation among fans of the original and new viewers alike.

Paying Tribute to the Original Series

“Good Times,” created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte, was groundbreaking as television’s first African-American two-parent family sitcom. It emerged as a spinoff of Lear’s “Maude,” a spin-off of “All in the Family.” This animated reboot revives a beloved show and pays homage to a significant chapter in television history.

Executive Production Excellence

The executive production team comprises Norman Lear and Brent Miller under Act III Productions, alongside Stephen Curry, Erick Peyton, Jeron Smith for Unanimous, Seth MacFarlane, and Erica Huggins for Fuzzy Door. This ensemble of creative minds promises a show that respects its roots and is forward-looking in its execution.

Conclusion

Netflix’s animated series reboot of “Good Times” is poised to be a vibrant, contemporary reimagining of a classic. With a talented creative team, a star-studded voice cast, and a production that honors its origins while embracing modern themes, this series will surely captivate audiences.

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