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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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Nominated for 8 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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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"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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Die 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

Marla Gibbs was given her own spin-off, Checking In (1981), where Florence went to work as an executive at a hotel. As a precaution in case the show failed, Gibbs would be allowed to return to this show. Roseanna Christiansen was hired as Florence's replacement, Carmen. When the spin-off was cancelled after four episodes, Gibbs returned to the show. Roseanna went on to become the Ewing's servant on Dallas (1978) from 1982-1991. On this show, Roseanna's character, Carmen, spoke English with a Spanish accent. Roseanna speaks very clear English. 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: This here is the living area, where we does our living, and this is the dining area, where we does our dining, and this is the kitchen area...
Louise Jefferson: Where we does our kitchening.
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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 »

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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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One OF The Best Sitcoms Of All Times!
5 August 2005 | by leighabc123See all my reviews

This show was so funny that it lasted 11 seasons. I watched this show from the time before I was born until I was in the 5th grade. The funniest episodes were, are, and always will be the episodes that had BOTH Mother Jefferson AND Florence the maid. This was also one of the first sitcoms that replaced a main character with another actor and the first actor came back. Two Lionels! Confusing to all people who are not devout Jefferson fans. Damon Evans married Jenny and Mike Evans was there when Jenny had the baby. RIP Mike Evans AKA the 1st and 3rd Lionel. This show also had the two actors who were the longest reoccurring guest stars in t.v. history. Charlie the Bartender and Ralph the Doorman. They played on a sitcom for 11 consecutive years without ever being a regular character. George would do something zany every episode. And Louise would have a smart remark every episode. Helen would always argue with George, but Tom would listen to him. There were so many great guest stars in this show. Sammy Davis Jr., Sister Sledge, Andre Crouch, Billy Dee Williams, Gladys Knight. Look for Ernest Thomas and Jaleel White before they became stars in episodes of this show. There are still some mysteries in this show. Whatever happened to Jenny's brother?


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