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Netflix Is Releasing an Animated Reboot of 'Good Times' and We Don't Know How to Feel About It

Netflix 'Good Times' animated series but the news has some fans in an uproar. Explore the backlash surrounding the cartoon series.


Mar. 26 2024, Published 8:41 p.m. ET

A cartoon reboot of the beloved sitcom Good Times is coming to Netflix, and fans have mixed emotions about it. The groundbreaking series, which initially aired from 1974 to 1979, captured the hearts of audiences with its humor and heartfelt storylines.

Created by Norman Lear and developed by Carl Jones known for his work on animated hits like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite, the new iteration of Good Times — aims to introduce the classic sitcom to a new generation of viewers.

Set in the 1960s, the animated series will similarly follow the Evans family as they navigate life's challenges in the inner city. The announcement of the animated revival has generated buzz among fans of the original, but some are not happy about the reboot.

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A poster for the animated reboot of 'Good Times' on Netflix features the Evans family.

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Netflix released a cartoon reboot of ‘Good Times.’ Here’s what the internet thought about it.

The Good Times reboot is set to explore topical issues and social commentary, reflecting the realities of the modern world while staying true to the spirit of the original series.

The announcement of the animated series has drawn mixed reactions from fans of the original Good Times. Some people are excited about the modern take on a classic sitcom, while others believe that some things should be left in the past. The show will become available for streaming on April 12, but not everyone is excited about it.

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“Black people have a trauma bond with this show this show was so sad! And then gonna turn it into a cartoon that don’t make it better,” one person tweeted, while another wrote, “Why can’t we get a show with black folks and middle-class comedy or drama why we always gotta be seen as poor or broke?”

On the other hand, a few netizens are excited that Good Times will be introduced to a new generation of audiences. A

fan tweeted: “Nah, this Good Times cartoon revival coming to Netflix just made my day!”

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Fans of the original Good Times can look forward to the animated series exploring familiar themes with a new cast of voices.

The cartoon will follow the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues – providing a modern twist to the original story. Per the longline, the Good Times animated series “strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.”

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J.B. Smoove and Yvette Nicole Brown on the red carpet.

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Aside from being animated, the 10-part series will be very similar to the first iteration of Good Times. The cast will be led by comedians J.B. Smoove, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jay Pharoah. J.B. and Yvette will appear as the parents of the Evans children, who will be voiced by Jay and Marsai Martin.

“It’s not what you think — unless you think it’s amazing,” Marsai wrote on Instagram alongside a promotional image from the series. “Meet Beverly Evans and Family!”

The show was produced by Steph Curry’s production company, Unanimous Media, in partnership with Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door.

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