Netflix has something Dy-no-mite! in store for the animation landscape.
An animated version of Norman Lear’s classic 1970s sitcom “Good Times” is coming to the streaming platform.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Lear will co-produce the cartoon reboot with NBA star Steph Curry and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
In 2019, “Good Times” was the focus of the second installment of ABC’s Emmy Award-wining “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” television special featuring a revival of the prolific television producer’s iconic 1970s sitcoms.
Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Viola Davis and Emmy winner Andre Braugher joined former “Saturday Night Live” comic Jay Pharoah, Emmy nominee Asante Blackk, Corinne Foxx and Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish for the one-off special.
Originally spun off from the “All in the Family” spinoff “Maude,” “Good Times” was created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte and aired for six seasons from 1974-1979 on CBS.
Recognized as television’s first African-American family series featuring a two-parent household, the show has lived on in syndication throughout the decades.
Esther Rolle and John Amos portrayed the heads of the Evans family, who lived in Chicago’s inner city during its urban blight of the 1970s.
Jimmie Walker, Bern Nadette Stanis and Ralph Carter played their children while Ja’Net DuBois starred as their neighbor/family friend Willona Woods.
Even Jay Leno got an early career break on the popular sitcom in 1976.
Lear, who also produced “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford & Son,” previously rebooted “One Day at a Time” in 2017, reimagined with a Latinx family. Season four of the series, which previously aired on Pop TV, will make its CBS debut this fall.
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