Esther Rolle’s Centennial

Esther Rolle, best known as Florida Evans in the ‘70s sitcoms Good Times and Maude, would have turned 100 this Sunday, November 8. To mark the occasion, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center will premiere scenes from a new play, Let the Good Times Rolle, during free Facebook celebrations this weekend.

The two-hour events – Saturday, November 7, at 7 pm ET, and Sunday, November 8, at 4 pm – will also include tributes, discussions and music. To attend either show, or both, register at EstherRolle100.eventbrite.com.

You might also want to check out Rolle as either the housekeeper in the first two seasons of Maude, or the mother in five of the six seasons of Good Times. Or maybe watch her in her only Emmy-winning role, as supporting actress in a a 1978 NBC movie, Summer of My German Youth.

Where to watch Maude

Free over-the-air channel Antenna TV will show second season episodes of Maude this weekend in the show’s regular time slots: Saturday at 11:00 am and 11:30 am, and Sunday at 10 am and 10:30 am.

In the following scene, Maude meets her new housekeeper:

As its name implies, you can get Antenna TV via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. To find the channel number in your area – either over-the-air or on cable — visit Antenna TV’s Channel Finder.

Where to watch Good Times

Starz subscribers can see all six seasons of Good Times.

For free over-the-air viewers, GetTV airs four episodes of the show every weekday, two at 6 am and two at 1 pm. The 1 pm edition is currently in season five, when Rolle wasn’t in the series. She returned for season six, however, and you can catch episodes from that final season starting on Tuesday, November 10.

Here’s the not-funny-at-all scene after the show killed off Florida’s husband (Jon Amos):

You can get GetTV free by hooking an antenna to your TV set and finding your local station at Get the Channel. (GetTV is also available on cable in many markets.)

Where to watch Summer of My German Youth

You can watch the movie, starring Kristy McNichol as a Jewish-American girl in Georgia during World War II and Bruce Davison as the escaped German POW whom she secretly shelters, right here:

(Top image source: Tenor)

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