Jimmie Walker on “Taking the Pie”

Though producer Norman Lear intended his hit “Good Times” to be a family show with tender, sentimental moments, young actor Jimmie Walker was there to be funny. According to Jimmie, every sitcom needed a goofy, comedic player to “take the pie.”

The sitcom “Good Times” is featured on the Pioneers of Television: Acting Funny episode, premiering Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8PM on PBS.