The Fosters, 1976

The Fosters was a UK sitcom that became famous for being the first TV series to feature an entirely black cast.  It’s also famous for being the very first regular TV role for one Lenny Henry.

The series was created and developed by Jon Watkins who adapted the show from the American sitcom ‘Good Times’.

Running for 27 episodes across 2 series The Fosters was broadcast between 1976 and 1977.


The series follows the day-to-day trials of Samuel and his lively wife Pearl (both immigrants from Guyana) and their three children on a South London housing estate.







Norman Beaton – Samuel Foster
Isabele Lucas – Pearl Foster
Carmen Munroe – Vilma
Lenny Henry – Sonny Foster
Sharon Rosita – Shirley Foster
Lawrie Mark – Benjamin Foster


Channel: ITV
Created By: Jon Watkins
Written By: Various
Series Adapted From: Good Times by Mike Evans and Eric Monte
Produced For ITV By: London Weekend Television
Original Transmission Dates: 9th April 1976 – 9th July 1977

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