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The 'Maude' spin-off about an African American family living in a Chicago housing estate mined poverty, racism, inner-city woes and single-parent homes for humour, with varying degrees of success.
23 Episodes 1976 - 1977
Wed, Sep 22, 1976 30 mins
Part 1 of two. In the Season 4 opener, James has landed a promising job and his family prepares to leave Chicago to join him.
Wed, Sep 29, 1976 30 mins
Conclusion. At a gathering after James' funeral, the children grow bitter over Florida's festive manner.
Wed, Oct 6, 1976 30 mins
An older woman becomes the object of affection for JJ.
Wed, Oct 13, 1976 30 mins
Florida, crusading against local terrorism, may discover Michael's association with a street gang.
Wed, Oct 20, 1976 30 mins
Michael has fallen for a wealthy, stylish girl, but is speechless whenever he's near her.
Wed, Oct 27, 1976 30 mins
JJ's refusal to endorse a shady politician may mean eviction for the Evanses.
Wed, Nov 10, 1976 30 mins
Part 1 of two. A curtailed income and an overdue rent payment threaten to put the Evanses out on the street.
Wed, Nov 17, 1976 30 mins
Conclusion. JJ's family doesn't know a gambling ring is behind his business success.
Wed, Nov 24, 1976 30 mins
James' father visits at Thanksgiving, telling tall tales and scandalising Florida with his live-in girlfriend.
Wed, Dec 8, 1976 30 mins
Two female gang members demand the $2500 the Evanses won in the lottery.
Wed, Dec 15, 1976 30 mins
Willona talks Florida into going out to a singles bar.
Wed, Dec 22, 1976 30 mins
JJ meets a young singer with plenty of talent, but no manager.
Wed, Jan 5, 1977 30 mins
JJ contends with his latest show-biz find's opening-night jitters---and with thugs whose loan financed the debut.
Wed, Jan 12, 1977 30 mins
The children sell underwear to raise vacation money for Florida.
Wed, Jan 19, 1977 30 mins
Thelma falls for an African exchange student. First of two parts.
Thelma wants to marry an African exchange student and move to Nigeria. Conclusion of a two-part episode.
Wed, Jan 26, 1977 30 mins
Willona's ex-husband pays a visit, claiming to have reformed his philandering ways.
Wed, Feb 2, 1977 30 mins
JJ is shocked at the dramatic decline of an old friend, a former high-school scholar-athlete who has flunked out of university.
Wed, Feb 9, 1977 30 mins
Florida confronts Michael's atheistic boss, whom she believes is responsible for her son's sudden impiety.
Wed, Feb 23, 1977 30 mins
Florida's graciousness to a rude waiter infuriates her escort.
Wed, Mar 2, 1977 30 mins
After preening all day for a father-son dinner with Michael, JJ learns that Michael plans to go with Carl.
Wed, Mar 23, 1977 30 mins
Carl, inexplicably dropping his plans to marry Florida, decides to leave town. First of two parts.
Wed, Mar 30, 1977 30 mins
Conclusion. In the Season 4 finale, Carl reveals why he decided not to marry Florida: He has cancer.