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Published:February 19th, 2009 21:45 EST
Go Now: Bill Cosby and Black History Month

Go Now: Bill Cosby and Black History Month

By Garrett Godwin

Hello, this is Garrett Godwin, and it is time once again to Go Now. On this special edition, we pay tribute to Black History Month:

  • On February 8, 1974, Good Times debuted on CBS. Created by Norman Lear, it was a spin-off of Maude) of a series (All in The Family), as the series followed the trials and tribulations with the Evans family living in a crime-infested, ghetto Chicago. The show deals with "getting by" and struggling to make ends meet yet preserving in the end. However, Good Times has been known for the breakout character J.J. and his catchphrase "Dy-no-mite!", and launching the career of future music superstar Janet Jackson, who joined the cast in 1977 as Penny Gordon. Good Times aired from 1974-79, but you can catch reruns on the cable network TV One, so check your local listings. The complete series is available on DVD. (See my review of Good Times at

  • In the fall of 1984, Bill Cosby became America`s Favorite Dad, as both he and NBC hit the jackpot with The Cosby Show. Not only did the series resurrected the sitcom genre, it also resurrected NBC in the ratings, as Cosby helped make Thursday night "Must See TV" over the next eight years. Though criticized for not dealing with the issue of race, The Cosby Show was a huge hit for both black and white viewers -- dealing with parents trying to relate and raise their kids as well as talking about African-American issues such as civil rights marches. The series has spun-off A Different World in 1987, and continues to remain popular in syndication today. You can join and celebrate for The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of all eight seasons with plenty of extras now on DVD.

  • In the fall of 1994, Dick Wolf scored his only post-Law & Order success with New York Undercover. An urban Miami Vice for the 1990s, it follows the personal and professional lives between Detectives J.C. Williams (Malik Yoba) and Eddie Torres (Michael DeLorenzo), best friends and partners that goes undercover to investigate major crimes in Harlem. The series was part of FOX`s Thursday night schedule with Martin and Living Single, in which all three were the most popular among African-American viewers during the 1996-97 season. New York Undercover was also popular among its targeted hip-hop audience throughout its run from 1994-98, and you can catch reruns of it on TV One and Sleuth, so check your local listings.

    And that is all the time we have here, so thanks for joining me. But don`t forget to check out what`s happening right here on the SOP (SOP). For now, Garrett Godwin, and I have to Go Now once more, so fight the good fight, keep the faith, and I`ll see you later.