The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy

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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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  • Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford at an event for The Jeffersons (1975)
  • Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford at an event for The Jeffersons (1975)
  • Sherman Hemsley in The Jeffersons (1975)
  • Berlinda Tolbert in The Jeffersons (1975)
  • Sherman Hemsley in The Jeffersons (1975)
  • Paul Benedict and Damon Evans in The Jeffersons (1975)

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Norman Lear, Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernard West

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1 March 2003 | WeezieJefferson
Probably the funniest sitcom ever!
Although my opionion may be a bit biased, I really do think this was an amazing show. People always say that the earlier episodes were the better, but quite frankly, I disagree. The best episodes I feel, and also this is the same time frame when the show was at it's most successful, was in the early 80's. For the '81-'82 season, "The Jeffersons" was the 3rd rated television show in America. People wanted to see Florence be sassy, and Tom and George be friends. Viewers wanted to see Helen and Louise get somewhat foolish. People wanted to see incredible guest stars, like Sammy Davis, Jr., Gladys Knight, Billy Dee Williams, even the popular singing group Sister Sledge. It was the 80's, and people wanted to see rich folks living in excess, and it was also at this time the show was so successful, it finally had the advertising clout to command a bigger budget for a new set, off-site shoots, and guest stars. I prefer the later set over the earlier one (the curved coffee table, gray sofa with peach throw cushions, and the round table dinette set). It outlasted the show which it originally was spun-off from even. Keep in mind also, that this show was still pulling in some great numbers in the 1984-1985 season when the plug was pulled (it was still in the top 20). It seems that anything that originated in the 70's was leaving the line-up in the mid-80's. Alice was canceled, along with The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, Hart to Hart, and a lot of other wonderful shows that were not necessarily growing tired, but the budget went towards all new shows. Shows that were not memorable at all, and were cancelled within a season or two. "The Jeffersons" ran for eleven seasons, and that's a long time in this business. I always felt that after all "The Jeffersons" had done for CBS, that it certainly deserved a better send-off than being cancelled mid-season after a hiatus. There never was a last episode, no closure. No wrap up. Nothing. The last new episode that was shown was on June 25, 1985, and it was a pretty funny episode in which George helps his grand daughter Jessica with her Red Robins group. Sadly, Tom & Helen Willis did not appear in this episode. It was actually the second to last show taped, but as you may be aware, the shows are not necessarily shown in the order that they are filmed. I read an earlier entry that claims Lark Voorhies played Lionel and Jenny's daughter, Jessica on "The Jeffersons". Actually, it was an actress by the name of Ebonie Smith. Lark portrayed Lisa on the TV show "Saved By The Bell". I think the confusion may be because Ebonie Smith was in an episode of "Saved By The Bell: The New Class".

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Did You Know?


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.


Police Officer: N-Y-P-D.
Florence Johnston: Florence Johnston... M-A-I-D.


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.

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.

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.


Movin' On Up
Written by
Jeff Barry and Ja'net DuBois
Performed by Ja'net DuBois & Oren Waters


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