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Jeffersons, The TV Show

TV Series Summary for Jeffersons, The

Television Show Summary

The Jeffersons was a mid 70's - 80's successful spinoff TV show from All in the Family series. By the mid 70's, George Jefferson's dry-cleaning business had grown into a small chain. His newfound wealth had the Jefferson family "movin' on up" to a deluxe apartment in Manhattan.

Jeffersons, The DVD

DVD Release Dates and Info for Jeffersons, The Series

03/27/2007 - Complete 6th Season
08/15/2006 - Complete 5th Season

TV Show Plot For Jeffersons, The

The Jeffersons TV series aired on CBS television for ten years from 1975 to 1985. The program was created by producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. The pair had previously developed TV ratings blockbusters such as Maude, Sanford and Son, and Good Times.

George and Louise Jefferson live a financially successful life in a penthouse apartment in New York City. They also have a live-in housekeeper, the wise-cracking maid Florence. Tom and Helen Willis were the Jeffersons upstairs neighbors and also Jenny's parents. Mother Jefferson was George's firey mother who often battled with Louise. Harry Bentley was the British next door neighbor, who worked as a translator at the United Nations. Ralph was the building doorman who always strongly hinted for tips from the Jeffersons and all the other residents in the building.

Early in the series, the Jeffersons' son Lionel (who also appeared on All In The Family) was attending college and graduated in 1976. He married Jenny Willis, and they had a daughter Jessica in 1979.

Creators Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin liked to deal with controversial issues in their TV shows. Jeffersons' neighbors Tom and Helen Willis were TV's first interracial couple.

The series was suddenly pulled from the network lineup without warning, so a proper final episode was never shot.

Cast of Jeffersons, The TV Show

Sherman Hemsley - George Jefferson
Isabel Sanford - Louise Jefferson
Marla Gibbs - Florence Johnston
Paul Benedict - Harry Bentley
Franklin Cover - Tom Willis
Roxie Roker - Helen Willis
Berlinda Tolbert - Jenny Willis-Jefferson
Ned Wertimer - Ralph Hart
Zara Cully - Mother Jefferson
Danny Wells - Charlie
Damon Evans - Lionel Jefferson
Mike Evans - Lionel Jefferson

Trivia for the TV Show Jeffersons, The

The roles as George and Louise Jefferson were reprised on several episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990's.

Top 20 Ratings Info for Jeffersons, The Series

1980-81 - 7th Season - Ranked #6
1981-82 - 8th Season - Ranked #3
1982-83 - 9th Season - Ranked #12
1983-84 - 10th Season - Ranked #19

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Jeffersons, The was televised from 01/18/1975 to 07/23/1985, on the CBS network.

Jeffersons, The TV Show Emmy Awards:

Isabel Sanford won best Lead Actress, Comedy in 1980-81.

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