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)
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 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 great show which was a spin-off of The Jeffersons by way of All In The Family
1 March 2011 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"All In The Family" had several spin-offs,but none of them was as popular as "The Jeffersons",that became the longest-running of all of the spin-offs that were associated with "All In The Family". One of the reasons why "The Jeffersons" was so successful and wildly popular and one of the great highlights of the show was the wise-cracking maid Florence Johnston,who constantly engaged in disputed battle of wits with her employer George Jefferson,in which Florence always had the upper hand with Mr.Jefferson every time. In this short-lived sitcom that was a spin-off to "The Jeffersons",titled "Checking In",Marla Gibbs' character of Florence Johnston quits her job as the Jeffersons' housekeeper for an executive position at a push Manhattan hotel. The series within itself was very funny and outlandishly hilarious(mostly having Marla Gibbs' character coming up with the wise-cracks and one-liner insults)while having a battle of wits with the owner of the hotel (Larry Linville who was basically in another Frank Burns role that he established on M*A*S*H).

"Checking In" didn't last very long on the CBS schedule since the show lasted no more than four episodes when the network put the show opposite ABC's "Mork and Mindy" which clobbered it in the ratings. I do remember this show coming on after another short-lived series titled "Park Place" which suffered the same fate as this show. "Checking In" provided two brilliant comedic actors(Marla Gibbs and Larry Linville)not to mention some decent writing to boot would have gotten this show to some great places and almost have the notion to last longer on the air. It wasn't a surprise when Gibbs' character went back to her former employer,not to mention CBS dropped it after no more than four episodes from April 9,1981 until April 30,1981. It was a surprise the following season when it was replaced by the action-adventure crime drama series "Mangum P.I." that CBS put onto its Thursday night schedule for the rest of the 1981-1982 season.


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