ABC viewers were treated to not one, but two renditions of Norman Lear classics for Live in Front of a Studio Audience. On Dec. 18, ABC aired live versions of Good Times and All in the Family complete with star-studded casts. And, of course, viewers had plenty of thoughts about the two live shows.
During Good Times, viewers were thrilled to see surprise appearances from the original cast. John Amos, who originated the role of James Evans Sr. (played by Andre Braugher in the Live version), actually appeared on Good Times in the role of Fred Davis.
"Enjoyed the surprise appearance of John Amos! Brought back so many memories - great show !" one fan wrote about the show, before turning the attention towards Viola Davis, who portrayed Florida Evans. "@violadavis- excellent."
What a surprise!— Tanasia Kenney (@Tanasia_Kenney) December 19, 2019
Viewers were also pleasantly surprised to see some of the other cast members, Jimmy Walker, BernNadette Stanis, and Ja'Net Dubois, whom Jimmy Kimmel introduced at the end of the episode.
Another concurred, and wrote, "I never thought I would say this, but I'm loving All In The Family more than Good Times."
"I have to say, #MarisaTomei continues to be the best part of #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience," one Twitter user wrote. "Her portrayal of #EdithBunker is inspired! Her performance brought me to tears tonight. #Emmy #Emmy!"
Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei were right on the money!! It was great!!#LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience— Ginger (@gingersnap599) December 19, 2019
All in all, fans had mostly positive reactions to all of the Live in Front of a Studio Audience fun. There's no telling whether ABC will put on yet another production of Norman Lear's classics. But, judging from how well these recent specials were received, there's probably a good chance that there will be more All in the Family and Good Times in your future.
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