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The Jeffersons ()


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  • TV-PG
  • 30min
  • Comedy
  • TV Series



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.
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  Louise Jefferson (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  George Jefferson (253 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Florence Johnston (207 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Helen Willis (196 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Tom Willis (191 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Harry Bentley (155 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Ralph Hart (74 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Jenny Willis Jefferson / ... (66 episodes, 1975-1985)
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  Lionel Jefferson (36 episodes, 1975-1978)
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  Mother Jefferson / ... (35 episodes, 1975-1977)
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  Lionel Jefferson (34 episodes, 1975-1985)
Danny Wells ...
  Charlie / ... (23 episodes, 1975-1985)
Jay Hammer ...
  Allan Willis (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
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  Marcus Henderson / ... (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
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  Leroy (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
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  Mr. Whittendale (6 episodes, 1978-1984)
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  Jimmy (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
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  Hugo Mojelewski (5 episodes, 1981-1984)
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  Jessica Jefferson (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dorothy Butts ...
  Mrs. Van Morris / ... (4 episodes, 1975-1984)
Esther Sutherland ...
  Mary (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Pat Lawson ...
  Alice (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Roseanna Christiansen ...
  Carmen (3 episodes, 1981)
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  Sammy (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Leonard Lightfoot ...
  Officer Barrett (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Leon Kanekuulo (3 episodes, 1980)
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  Lloyd Tyndall (3 episodes, 1983)
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  Allan West (3 episodes, 1983)
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  Burglar (3 episodes, 1978)
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  Killer Rabbit / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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  Jimmy's Cousin (3 episodes, 1983)
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  Audrey Blume / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
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  Edgar Thornton / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
Myra Taylor ...
  Pearl (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
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  Steve Winslow (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Captain Marshall Monahan (2 episodes, 1982)
Phil Rubenstein ...
  Cap Scanlon / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1985)
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  Andrew Derek (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Rachel (2 episodes, 1982)
Will Gill Jr. ...
  Ed (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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  Mac Steele (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Amanda (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
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  Mr. Curtis / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1982)
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  Mechanic / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1982)
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  Byron Jackson / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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  Bill Wilson (2 episodes, 1980)
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  Dollar / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Fred Ball ...
  Ken Sanders (2 episodes, 1980)
John Dewey Carter ...
  Carter / ... (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
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  Uncle Bertram (2 episodes, 1975)

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Plot Summary

"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 didn't open every door or win him favor with everyone. In later years, George and Louise became grandparents (welcoming an adorable little girl, Jessica); and Lionel and Jenny found work he as an electrical engineer, she as a fashion designer. However, Lionel and Jenny's marriage soon began to crumble. Meanwhile, as Jefferson Cleaners continued to expand, George continually had to deal with competing dry-cleaning franchises, who sought to put George out of business. In the final season, George and Tom formed a partnership and purchased Charlie's Bar, their favorite hangout. Written by Brian Rathjen

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Also Known As
  • Die Jeffersons (Germany)
  • Los Jefferson (Spain)
  • Джефферсоны (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • I Jefferson (Italy)
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  • 30 min
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Trivia CBS never gave this show a proper series finale. The cast, bitter that they never got a chance to say goodbye, reunited years later for a stage play based on the sitcom. Sherman Hemsley said he found out the show was cancelled by reading about it in the newspaper. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The N Word (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Movin' On Up See more »
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 »
Quotes Florence Johnston: How come we overcame and nobody told me?
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