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Release Date:
9 April 1981 (USA) See more »
The misadventures of Florence Johnson, a hotel maid who was previously seen serving the Jeffersons. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast [6])

Marla Gibbs ... Florence Johnston (4 episodes, 1981)

Patrick Collins ... Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1981)

Robert Costanzo ... Hank Sabatino (4 episodes, 1981)
Jordan Gibbs ... Dennis (4 episodes, 1981)

Larry Linville ... Lyle Block (4 episodes, 1981)

Liz Torres ... Elena Beltran (4 episodes, 1981)

Series Directed by
Jack Shea (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
Mike Milligan (4 episodes, 1981)
Jay Moriarty (4 episodes, 1981)
Bob Bendetson (2 episodes, 1981)
Howard Bendetson (2 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Patricia Fass Palmer .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1981)
Series Other crew
Bernard F. Basley .... stage manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Michael J. Fox tried out for a role on this show but was turned down.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off from "The Jeffersons" (1975)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Could've Been a Good Show, 9 May 2009
Author: goleafs84 from Seattle, Washington

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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