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As you get older you realize that, at its best, it's actually a pretty daring (and, at times, heartbreaking) show, finding humor and humanity in a setting that much of its audience was probably afraid of or depressed by.
The one constant factor is marvelous Esther Rolle as Florida. One wonders why it took Lear so long to give her her own show. And John Amos... can match Miss Rolle for warmth, comic timing and, in this episode, slow-boil, fiery-eyed anger.
There are funny lines, but most are the kind of stock gags you might expect from a series that relies on black stereotypes. If you don't find that offensive, you might find it annoying because such lines are all too predictable.
It has two great assets in Esther Rolle and John Amos as the sensible, likable parents and such an abundance of good cheer in adversity that they have to be winners in your heart, even though they are losers everywhere else.
As on other Lear sitcoms of the early '70s with a decidedly liberal slant, current events and social issues were discussed by the characters on an almost weekly basis and were largely the source of Good Times' humor.