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The Jeffersons 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1985)
A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.
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Nominated for 8 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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"The Jeffersons" was perhaps the most-successful spinoff series to "All in the Family." George Jefferson was the black version of Archie Bunker in many respects, both were loud-mouthed, opinionated and set in their bigoted ways. By 1975, Jefferson's fledging dry-cleaning business, Jefferson Cleaners, had successfully grown into a small chain; his newfound wealth led to moving his family to a "deluxe apartment in the sky" in Manhattan. His family included his wife, Louise, a level-headed and open-minded woman who often had to scold George when his mouth got him into trouble; and Lionel, an engineering major at a local college. He especially disliked Tom and Helen Willis, a mixed couple (he was white, she was black) whose daughter, Jenny, was dating and later married Lionel; Florence, his sharp-tongued maid; and Harry Bentley, the esoteric Englishman who lived next door. George often flaunted his wealth and displayed rude, arrogant, bigoted behavior; however, he often found that money ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Trivia

Paul Benedict (Bentley) and Irwin Keyes (Hugo) suffered from acromegaly, a condition in which the anterior pituitary gland produces excess growth hormones, noticeably in the face. See more »

Goofs

Numerous times on and off throughout the course of the series, people make a left when they leave through the exit of the Jeffersons' apartment. The layout of the hallway has Harry Bentley's apartment at the end about a couple feet away at corner on the left side of the Jeffersons' apartment. So it means logically they are just walking right into the door of Bentley's apartment instead of going straight across to the elevator. See more »

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Police Officer: [flashing badge] N-Y-P-D.
Florence Johnston: Florence Johnston... M-A-I-D.
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Crazy Credits

Series creators Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernard West are listed as "Nicholl Ross West" during the show's closing credits on numerous episodes. See more »

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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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Movin' On Up
Written by Jeff Barry and Ja'net DuBois
Performed by Ja'net DuBois & Oren Waters
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The Black Archie Bunker
11 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

For the first few years, this had to be one of the funniest shows on C.B.S.. It pretty much took the concept of the show it came from, "All in the Family", and moved it uptown and instead of a bigoted middle class white man, we have a bigoted rich black man. George Jefferson proved that bigotry comes in all colors and sometimes his big mouth got him in trouble. However, just like Archie, beneath that gruff exterior was an old softy. I especially loved the episodes that showed that side of George. This show will always be one of the all time classics.


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