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"Black Jesus"
Season 1, Episode 2
Number (#2) in series (133 episodes)
Black Jesus.jpg
Tape date January 14, 1974
Air date: February 15, 1974
Network/Country: CBS-TV
Written by: John Donley
Kurt Taylor
Directed by: John Rich
Bob LaHendro
Production code: 102
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Cast Information
Starring: Esther Rolle
John Amos
Jimmie Walker
Ja'net Dubois
Bern Nadette Stanis
Ralph Carter
Guest starring: Eric Monte (co-creator; cameo)
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Black Jesus is the second episode of Season 1 of Good Times. The episode was written by John Donley and Kurt Taylor and directed by John Rich II and Bob LaHendro. It aired on February 15, 1974 on CBS.


J.J.'s painting of a Black Jesus, becomes the family's good luck charm after a string of success hits each family member. However, Florida refuses to entertain the notion that the painting had anything to do with the recent string of "good times".


Using Ned the Wino as a model, J.J. paints a picture of Jesus as a black man, which doesn't sit well with the very devout Florida. Flo's dissatisfaction really escalates when the family as well as Wilona begin experiencing unexplained good fortune after the painting is hung on the living room wall. Is it good luck or something more divine?


  • When Thelma announces that she has a date, the name of the boy she is going out with is named Larry. This possibly could be the same Larry that would eventually become her first fiancee.
  • This also was the first episode in which the character Sweet Daddy Williams was mentioned. Of course, he would later become a semi-regular character portrayed by Theodore Wilson.
  • This is the first time that Ned the Wino was referred to. He would later become a recurring character played by Raymond Allen, who also played Esther's husband Woody on Sanford and Son.
  • Willona points out that Black Jesus looks like Ned the Wino!
  • Willona: Hi, I'm Willona. Fly Me.

The "Fly Me" line was a reference to the 1960's and 1970s' National Airlines began a "Fly Me"; campaign using attractive stewardesses with taglines such as "I'm Lorraine. Fly me to Orlando."

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