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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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 196 episodes, 1975-1985
Franklin Cover ...  Tom Willis 191 episodes, 1975-1985
Paul Benedict ...  Harry Bentley 155 episodes, 1975-1985
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Storyline

"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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USA

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English

Release Date:

18 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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The Jeffersons See more »

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Embassy Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the show first started, George constantly referred to Tom as a honky. After a few seasons, Sherman Hemsley asked the writers to stop having George call him that, as he felt that the characters were friends, and that George would not use a racist term on a friend. When the writers refused to stop, Hemsley simply mumbled the the word every time he said it, forcing re-shoots. Eventually the writers stopped using the word. (Hemsley was right.) 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 »

Quotes

George Jefferson: [Coming home, and seeing Florence dressed as a maid out of the Civil War] What's for dinner?... Pancakes?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

On the recently released DVD of "The Jeffersons" complete first season, the episodes are all shown in their entirety, some with up to 10 minutes of cut footage added. 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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Jeffersons-Movin' On Up Was A Possibility ***1/2
23 September 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Very funny comedy of an affluent black family living the American dream in achieving success in their dry good business.

Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford provided terrific chemistry as the husband and wife team. Sanford always knew how to crack those one-liners at a vulnerable but lovable Hemsley. Militant son Lionel was always good for a laugh and as the mother-in-law, Zarra Cully, proved that having the typical mother-in-law to deal with wasn't only an Italian or Jewish problem.

Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker successfully showed that with understanding, inter-racial marriages could work.


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