Checking In (1981– )

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The misadventures of Florence Johnson, a hotel maid who was previously seen serving the Jeffersons.

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 Florence Johnston (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Hank Sabatino (4 episodes, 1981)
Jordan Gibbs ...
 Dennis (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Lyle Block (4 episodes, 1981)
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 Elena Beltran (4 episodes, 1981)
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"All in the Family" (1971) had several spin-offs, but none as popular as "Jeffersons, The" (1975). One of the highlights of the show was the wise-cracking maid, Florence Johnson, who constantly engaged in battles of wits with George Jefferson. In this short-lived spin-off sitcom, we learn she has quit her job as a maid for a career as a housekeeper at a fancy hotel. The show was quickly cancelled due to lack of ratings, however, and Gibbs, Marla returned to the "deluxe apartment in the sky" and explained that the hotel had burned to the ground, and continued to star in "Jeffersons, The" (1975) for the rest of it's run. Written by Bloggers!

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Could've Been a Good Show
9 May 2009 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

In this Jeffersons spin off and Marla Gibbs vehicle, this was a show that could've been good, but it wasn't.

It had a good start and cast with Marla Gibbs as the same wise-cracking Florence Johnston and Larry Linville as Lyle Block; A cross between George Jefferson and a somewhat mellow Frank Burns. The two played well off each other; The problem was, both had very little to work with. The lines hey recited ranged to mediocre at best to bad. One that sticks out was in the pilot, where Lyle Block (Linville) says to Florence (Gibbs), "so in other words, tough noogies", which Florence responds by saying, "isn't it time for you to watch the Muppet Show??" That produced a lot of laughs in the beginning, however, the problem was that was probably the best line uttered on the show; It was repeated on every episode and hearing it got old very quickly.

With two brilliant comedic actors in Gibbs and Linville and some decent writing this show could've gone places, but it didn't have that and it wasn't a surprise when CBS dropped it after 4 episodes.


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