Goode Behavior

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Goode Behavior
Goode Behavior logo 2014-07-09 15-46.jpeg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Robert Illes
Brian Pollack
Dennis Pollack
Mert Rich
Directed by Leonard R. Garner, Jr.
Jack Shea
Gary Shimokawa
Thomas J. Thompson
Michael Zinberg
Starring Sherman Hemsley
Dorien Wilson
Composer(s) Steve Dorff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 23
Executive producer(s) Brian Pollack
Mert Rich
Producer(s) Andy Guerdat
Ken Johnston
Al Lowenstein
Dennis Pollack
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) MTM Enterprises
Distributor 20th Television
Original release August 26, 1996 (1996-08-26) – May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)

Goode Behavior is an American sitcom that premiered August 26, 1996 on UPN. The series was cancelled after its first season, airing its last episode on May 19, 1997, for a total of 23 episodes.[1]


Willie Goode (Sherman Hemsley) is a newly paroled convicted con artist. He is also the father of Franklin Goode (Dorien Wilson), his estranged son. Franklin is a college professor, and is in the process of being promoted to "Dean of Humanities" at "Chapel Hill University" in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The two must peacefully co-exist when Willie arrives at Franklin's house (un-announced) to fulfill the conditions of his probation; he must live at his son's house, under house arrest. Caught in the middle of the family feuding are Franklin's wife Barbara (Alex Datcher), a local news anchor, and their teenage daughter Bianca (Bianca Lawson).


Episode list[edit]

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
1 1 "Goode Book" College professor Franklin Goode is living the good life: his long-awaited "study" is almost complete, and he's on the short list for the position of Dean of Humanities at his university. But when the delivery at his door turns out to be his newly paroled father, Willie, instead of his new desk, things immediately take a comic turn. Willie conspires to win his son the coveted new title and become a permanent member of the household. Will previously estranged father and son grow to become a family? August 26, 1996 (1996-08-26)
2 2 "Goode Together" When Franklin finally realizes his dream of being included in Chancellor Willoughby's weekly card game, Willie seizes the opportunity to do the kind of father/son bonding he regrets not doing when Franklin was a child - he teaches his son to play poker. September 2, 1996 (1996-09-02)
3 3 "Goode Samaritan" When Willie takes a job at the TV station where Barbara, his daughter-in-law, is an anchor, it's not long before his expertise as a con man puts him in front of the camera as the stations new consumer advocate. Franklin is thrilled that his father has found a way to use his "talents" for good, until the bribes start arriving. To keep the popular new consumer advocate off their backs, businesses will do just about anything - including installing a swimming pool in the Goode's backyard. But Willie's days as an on-air personality may be numbered. September 9, 1996
4 4 "Goode Sport" No synopsis available. September 16, 1996 (1996-09-16)
5 5 "Goode Cause" No synopsis available. September 23, 1996 (1996-09-23)
6 6 "Goode Feelings" When Franklin convinces Willie to attend therapy sessions to help cure his need for running schemes, Willie devises a plan to run a pyramid scheme out of the therapy sessions and everybody joins in. When Franklin finds out about the plan, he is infuriated and tries to break up the sessions, but with surprising results. September 30, 1996
7 7 "Goode Hands" No synopsis available. October 14, 1996
8 8 "Goode and Scared" No synopsis available. October 28, 1996
9 9 "Goode and Fired" No synopsis available. November 4, 1996
10 10 "Goode Book" No synopsis available. November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
11 11 "Goode Golly, Miss Molly" No synopsis available. November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
12 12 "Goode Grades" As a dodge to keep from getting sent back to prison, and to keep from having to get a job, Willie enrolls into school in his son's Anthropology class. Meanwhile, Bianca hatches a scheme to sell term papers. November 25, 1996
13 13 "Goode Sport" No synopsis available. December 2, 1996
14 14 "Goode Lord" No synopsis available. January 13, 1997
15 15 "Goode Stuff" No synopsis available. January 20, 1997
16 16 "Goode Will" No synopsis available. February 3, 1997
17 17 "Goode Lovin'" Just before Valentine's Day, Willie develops a crush on a colleague of Franklin's, Dr. Pamela Fordham. Bianca (Bianca Lawson, left) and "Moesha's" Countess Vaughn (center) try to offer advice, but to no avail. When Franklin fixes the woman up with another academic, a lovesick Willie decides to pick up his spirits at Mr. Bobo's Girlie Hut. While there, he asks one of the strippers to be his date at Franklin and Barbara's Valentine's Day party, but the stripper mistakes Willie's invitation for a job offer. February 10, 1997
18 18 "The Goode, Bad and the Willie" Willie's helpers at his restaurant all decide to leave, so Willie finally decides to hire someone. He hires the wise talking Raquel, just as he mistakes a food critic for a bum & throws him out. An old prison buddy, Jimmy the Brain, talks Willie into a scheme to sell hair growth tonic. February 17, 1997
19 19 "Goode Daddy" No synopsis available. February 24, 1997
20 20 "Goode Music" Wild Orchid (Stefanie Ridel, Renee Sandstrom, & Stacy Ferguson) guest as a trio that Willie "discovers" when he decides to audition acts to perk up business as Willie's Chili. Tone Loc, appearing as himself, is the record executive Willie hopes will sign the act and propel them all to fame and fortune. April 28, 1997
21 21 "Goode Cop, Bad Cop" No synopsis available. May 5, 1997
22 22 "The Only Goode Indian" Willie devises a plan to bring in extra revenue into his new restaurant by claiming to be an Indian descendant, and using reservation status, bring in casino equipment with slots & gambling. Barbara gets bitten by the gambling bug. May 12, 1997
23 23 "Goode Angel" In this final series episode, the bank threatens to foreclose on Willie's Chilli restaurant, so Willie cooks up a scheme to come up with some money so the bank won't foreclose. May 19, 1997


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