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Release Date:
18 January 1975 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 8 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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The Jeffersons- Another 70's CBS Classic, But Are George and Archie Twins? See more (40 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 91)

Isabel Sanford ... Louise Jefferson (253 episodes, 1975-1985)

Sherman Hemsley ... George Jefferson (253 episodes, 1975-1985)

Marla Gibbs ... Florence Johnston (207 episodes, 1975-1985)

Roxie Roker ... Helen Willis (195 episodes, 1975-1985)

Franklin Cover ... Tom Willis (188 episodes, 1975-1985)

Paul Benedict ... Harry Bentley (145 episodes, 1975-1985)
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Series Directed by
Jack Shea (110 episodes, 1975-1979)
Bob Lally (97 episodes, 1978-1983)
Oz Scott (40 episodes, 1983-1985)
Tony Singletary (3 episodes, 1984)
Arlando Smith (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Writing credits
Norman Lear (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
Don Nicholl (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
Michael Ross (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
Bernard West (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
Mike Milligan (30 episodes, 1975-1981)
Jay Moriarty (30 episodes, 1975-1981)
Jerry Perzigian (30 episodes, 1979-1985)
Don Seigel (30 episodes, 1979-1985)
Peter Casey (29 episodes, 1979-1985)
David Lee (29 episodes, 1979-1985)
Michael G. Moye (23 episodes, 1979-1984)
Gordon Mitchell (20 episodes, 1975-1977)
Lloyd Turner (20 episodes, 1975-1977)
Ron Leavitt (11 episodes, 1980-1984)
Robert Wolterstorff (10 episodes, 1976-1980)
Paul M. Belous (9 episodes, 1976-1979)
David W. Duclon (8 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Baskin (7 episodes, 1975-1978)
Roger Shulman (7 episodes, 1975-1978)
Sandy Sprung (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Marcy Vosburgh (6 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bill Steinkellner (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cherie Steinkellner (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Fred S. Fox (5 episodes, 1976-1981)
Seaman Jacobs (5 episodes, 1976-1981)
Bob Baublitz (5 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bryan Joseph (5 episodes, 1978-1980)
Dixie Brown Grossman (4 episodes, 1975-1977)
Kurt Taylor (4 episodes, 1976-1984)
Ted Dale (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Nancy Vince (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jim Rogers (4 episodes, 1978)
Neil Lebowitz (4 episodes, 1979-1983)
Joyce Gittlin (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jeffrey Richman (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
John Ashby (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Howard Albrecht (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sol Weinstein (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Richard Freiman (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jack Shea (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Stephen Neigher (3 episodes, 1979-1985)
Bob Bendetson (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Howard Bendetson (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
David Silverman (3 episodes, 1981)
Stephen Sustarsic (3 episodes, 1981)
Sara V. Finney (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
Lewis Goldstein (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Hans Kracauer (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
James Ritz (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Erik Tarloff (2 episodes, 1975)
Frank Tarloff (2 episodes, 1975)
Ann Gibbs (2 episodes, 1976-1984)
Joel Kimmel (2 episodes, 1976-1984)
John Donley (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Stephen Young (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Kim Weiskopf (2 episodes, 1977-1983)
Patt Shea (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Susan Straughn Harris (2 episodes, 1979)
Bernard Burnell Mack (2 episodes, 1979)
Arthur Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1980)
Celia Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1980)
Al Aidekman (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Marty Farrell (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ilene Cooper (2 episodes, 1983)
Patrick Egan (2 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
George Sunga .... associate producer (111 episodes, 1975-1979)
Don Nicholl .... producer (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Michael Ross .... producer (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Bernard West .... producer (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
John Maxwell Anderson .... co-producer / associate producer (85 episodes, 1980-1985)
Michael G. Moye .... supervising producer / producer / ... (74 episodes, 1981-1984)
Jerry Perzigian .... producer / executive producer / ... (73 episodes, 1982-1985)
Don Siegel .... producer / executive producer / ... (73 episodes, 1982-1985)
David W. Duclon .... executive producer / producer (72 episodes, 1980-1983)
Ron Leavitt .... executive producer / producer (72 episodes, 1980-1983)
Mike Milligan .... executive producer / producer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jay Moriarty .... executive producer / producer (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Peter Casey .... producer (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
David Lee .... producer (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ken Stump .... associate producer (44 episodes, 1979-1981)
Don Seigel .... executive producer / co-executive producer / ... (26 episodes, 1983-1985)
Jack Shea .... producer (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sy Rosen .... producer (24 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tedd Anasti .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1980)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tony Yarlett (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Film Editing by
Andy Zall (16 episodes, 1975)
Barney Robinson (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Larry Harris (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
Grant Johnson (5 episodes, 1976)
Tom Klemesrud (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Kelly Sandefur (4 episodes, 1980)
Jay Scherberth (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Kris Trexler (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Chuck Adams (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Casting by
Jane Murray (61 episodes, 1975-1977)
Pat Kirkland (13 episodes, 1977-1983)
Marc Hirschfeld (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Production Design by
Don Roberts (73 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Art Direction by
Don Roberts (180 episodes, 1975-1982)
Bob Breen (7 episodes, 1979-1985)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Earl Carlson (14 episodes, 1975)
Jim Mees (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Richard Reynolds (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Rita Riggs (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Betsey Potter (8 episodes, 1978-1980)
Adella Farmar (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jim Kail .... makeup artist (72 episodes, 1975-1978)
Sandra Henderson .... hair stylist (28 episodes, 1976-1978)
Dana Nye .... makeup artist (23 episodes, 1978)
Karen Edwards .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1978-1985)
Billie Jordan .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1978-1985)
Ray Hall .... hair stylist (11 episodes, 1979-1985)
Rene Williams .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Production Management
Norman Lear .... production supervisor (84 episodes, 1975-1978)
Alan Horn .... production supervisor (68 episodes, 1978-1981)
Al Burton .... production supervisor (52 episodes, 1981-1983)
Ken Stump .... in charge of production (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Glenn Padnick .... production supervisor (24 episodes, 1984-1985)
Don Dresser .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bob Davis .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 1975)
Loretta Townsley .... production supervisor (7 episodes, 1975)
Nikki Content .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1976)
Tyna Huebner .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jim Terry .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Roger Mills .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Harwood .... associate director / assistant director (39 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bob Lally .... associate director (6 episodes, 1977-1979)
Peter Barth .... associate director (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Arlando Smith .... associate director (4 episodes, 1982-1985)
 
Series Art Department
Lee Lazarow .... set dresser (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
Lawrence Robert Dolan .... property master (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
 
Series Sound Department
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer (113 episodes, 1980-1985)
Ralph L. Davis .... sound (68 episodes, 1982-1985)
Georja Skinner .... audio (23 episodes, 1975-1979)
Hal Kolker .... audio consultant (16 episodes, 1975-1976)
Art Warshaw .... audio consultant (16 episodes, 1975-1976)
Marshall King .... audio (9 episodes, 1975)
Ray Kemper .... audio (6 episodes, 1975)
Ron Worrell .... audio (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Myles Weiner .... audio (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Glover .... lighting director (87 episodes, 1976-1980)
Marc Palius .... lighting director (12 episodes, 1975-1976)
Tom Schamp .... lighting director (12 episodes, 1976-1979)
Paul Callan .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1975)
Ed S. Hill .... lighting director (7 episodes, 1975)
Bryan Hays .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Chris Roberts .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1976)
Keeth Lawrence .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1975)
Art Roberts .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1975)
Donald A. Morgan .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Casting Department
Jane Murray .... casting executive / principal casting executive (13 episodes, 1977-1983)
Stephen Kolzak .... executive in charge of casting / principal casting executive (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1975)
 
Series Music Department
Jeff Barry .... composer: theme music (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
Ja'net DuBois .... composer: theme music (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
 
Series Transportation Department
Gilbert C. Pacheco .... driver (4 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Other crew
Fran McConnell .... production supervisor / production consultant (202 episodes, 1975-1985)
Don Nicholl .... script supervisor (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Michael Ross .... script supervisor (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Bernard West .... script supervisor (87 episodes, 1975-1978)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer / ... (43 episodes, 1975-1980)
Gordon Mitchell .... story editor / executive story editor (40 episodes, 1975-1977)
Lloyd Turner .... story editor / executive story editor (40 episodes, 1975-1977)
John Westbrook .... technical director (33 episodes, 1975-1980)
Ellis Toney .... stage manager (31 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bea Dallas .... assistant to producer / producers' assistant / ... (30 episodes, 1975-1977)
Mike Milligan .... assistant story editor / story editor / ... (26 episodes, 1975-1980)
Jay Moriarty .... assistant story editor / story editor / ... (26 episodes, 1975-1980)
Michael G. Moye .... story editor / creative consultant / ... (11 episodes, 1979-1985)
Dick Hall .... technical director (9 episodes, 1975)
Mark Miller .... first video operator (8 episodes, 1975)
Ron Leavitt .... creative consultant / story supervisor (7 episodes, 1982-1985)
Leslie Vaught .... technical director (6 episodes, 1975)
Tony Singletary .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1977-1979)
Bryan Joseph .... executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1978-1980)
Arlando Smith .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (5 episodes, 1979)
Mikki Capparelli .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1982-1985)
David W. Duclon .... creative consultant / story supervisor (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
Frank Tarloff .... story editor (4 episodes, 1975)
Barbara Cramer .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Baskin .... executive story editor (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Roger Shulman .... executive story editor (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul M. Belous .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert Wolterstorff .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Woodka .... technical director (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Perzigian .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Don Seigel .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Karen K. Miller .... script supervisor / program consultant (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Glenn Padnick .... production consultant (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Bill Steinkellner .... story editor (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cherie Steinkellner .... story editor (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Ted Ray .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
Gene Leong .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Baublitz .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1978)
Neil Lebowitz .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1979)
Sy Rosen .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Peter Casey .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Bob Jones .... technical director (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
David Lee .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Stuart Shostak .... studio audience warm-up comedian (2 episodes, 1983-1985)
Sandy Sprung .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Marcy Vosburgh .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ed Cervantes .... production consultant (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Shelley Herman .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Chuck Reilly .... technical director (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Elvin Ivory .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Sara V. Finney .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1985)
Vida Spears .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1985)
 

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Trivia:
The character 'George Jefferson' was ranked #44 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).See more »
Quotes:
Florence Johnston:How come we overcame and nobody told me?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Movin' On UpSee more »

FAQ

Why didn't The Jeffersons get a proper series finale to end the show?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Jeffersons- Another 70's CBS Classic, But Are George and Archie Twins?, 6 January 2006
Author: jrm23july@aol.com from New Jersey

If the Television Hall of Fame selected television programs as a whole to win a gold plaque similar to Cooperstown N.Y. for MLB, or Canton Ohio for the NFL, "The Jeffersons" would be there front and center.

The long running CBS sitcom which aired from 1975 through 1985, won several Emmys, including Isabel Sanford for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. To me "The Jeffersons" is one of television's top fifty All-Time Programs, and the best one with a predominately African American cast, better than "The Cosby Show" and "Sanford and Son". As a child it was a thrill to be able to watch this program when schoolwork or bedtime did not get in the way.

I now own the first two seasons of "The Jeffersons" on DVD, and I enjoy the performances of all the characters. The show is of course centered around bigoted and avaricious George (Sherman Helmsley), and his long suffering wife Louise "Weezy" Jefferson (Isabel Sanford), but the performances of the character actors are also well above par. Paul Benedict as George's goofy, bizarre neighbor, Ned Wertimer as the not so modest or polite (when it comes to tips) doorman, Mike Evans as wisecracking son Lionel, and Marla Gibbs as wisecracking live-in-maid Florence, and of course the interracial couple who are usually the butt of George's racist jokes, Tom and Helen Willis played by Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker. And of course don't forget going way back in the day when people born in the 1890's were alive, well and entertaining us all, Zara Cully as George Jefferson's quick witted Mother, Olivia. She was hilarious when seeking attention from George and Weezy she intentionally tackles herself to the ground in a season 2 episode.

But "The Jeffersons" at least the first two seasons centers around George and his vices, which often outweigh his virtues, similar to the Archie Bunker character introduced in the early 1970's. Like Archie George is set in his ways, avaricious, sometimes crude, and often bigoted. Like Archie he is a bigot without a mean streak. He is a lovable bigot, and his racist views are played out for laughs, but George is not a carbon copy of Archie. They're not twins. Archie makes fun of everyone that is not his race, religion creed, or sexual orientation. George sticks to the basics. Just make fun of whitey, and those whites that don't offer him anything in return for his efforts.

There are some whites like Wittendale, the banker who holds the key to George's future of a dry cleaning monopoly. George always wants to pander to this guy. However George has no use for "honkies" like Tom Willis and his black wife Helen. Like Archie Bunker he despises mixed marriages. (Although Archie is all for Irish marrying Italian). Mostly because Weezy has him on a short leash, George reluctantly accepts Tom and Helen Willis as neighbors and in-laws.

One major reason why Archie's ethnic and racial slurs often spiral out of control and George's doesn't is the nature of the women they're married to. Edith is tolerant, dingbatty, and naive, while Weezy is sharp, quick witted, and as shrewd as George. She puts her foot down faster on George, than Edith does on Archie. Edith tends to push Archie in the direction he's going, with some first class dingbat punchlines added in.

George is a little bit of a thing, with an obsession for power and control, much like Danny DeVito in the movies. He lusts for money and power, and he's got it, a wife a family and a full chain of cleaning stores. Archie doesn't have all this. Archie needs to shut other people down to better his own situation. George doesn't. George has money and power. However, like Archie he is set in his ways, and his lack of modesty always gets him into trouble.

What this show was missing was a crossover appearance by Archie and Edith from the slums of Flushing to the penthouses in Manhattan. Carroll O' Connor and Jean Stapleton never appeared on "The Jeffersons." "The Jeffersons" was not the greatest TV sitcom. "All in the Family" along with "Seinfeld", "The Honeymooners" and "Cheers" were better. However there was a certain charm with this show that lasted from the Gerald Ford through the second half of the Ronald Reagan presidency. This was one fine show.

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