Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, which is itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
Florida and James Evans and their three children live at 963 N.
Florida and James have three children: James Jr., also known as "J. is seventeen years old, Thelma is sixteen, and Michael is eleven.
J."; Thelma; and Michael, called "the militant midget" by his father due to his passionate activism. Their exuberant neighbor, and Florida's best friend, is Willona Woods, a recent divorcée who works at a boutique.
Their building superintendent is Nathan Bookman (seasons 2–4), who James, Willona and later J. refer to as "Buffalo Butt", or, even more derisively, "Booger".
Viola Lynn Collins was born in Houston, Texas, to Patricia Lynn (Campbell) and Phillip Dean Collins.
She attended the Juilliard School for Drama and had a great deal of Shakespearean training before being cast as "Portia" in "The Merchant of Venice".