The Jeffersons

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    The Truth Hurts

    Aired 6/4/85

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    And Up We Go

    Aired 4/30/85

  • Cast & Crew
  • Isabel Sanford

    Louise Jefferson

  • Sherman Hemsley

    George Jefferson

  • Roxie Roker

    Helen Willis

  • Franklin Cover

    Tom Willis

  • Zara Cully

    Mother Olivia Jefferson (1975-1977)

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  • The Jeffersons first aired in January of 1975 on CBS as a mid-season replacement. The series was a spinoff of All in the Family in which the Jeffersons were Archie and Edith Bunker's next door neighbors. In 1975, The Jeffersons moved on up when George found success in a dry cleaning business. This allowed him and his wife, Louise and their son Lionel to "move on up" into a spacious high rise apartment. At the beginning of the series, Lionel was attending college and graduated in February 1976. He married Jenny Willis in December of the same year and they had a daughter in 1979, Jessica Jefferson. Other members of the cast include, Tom and Helen Willis were upstairs neighbors and also Jenny's parents. Florence Johnston was the Jefferson's sassy maid who was hired as a part-time maid in the first episode but in October 1976 moved in and became a full-time maid. Mother Jefferson was George's fiesty mother who forever put Louise down but deep down loved her. Harry Bentley was the handsome British, next door neighbor. Besides being quite eccentric and forever borrowing things from the Jeffersons, Bentley worked as a translator at the United Nations. In 1981, Bentley was written out as being transferred to Russia, but returned in 1983. Ralph was the building doorman who forever begged for tips from George and the other tennents in the building. Tom and Helen Willis were controversial characters since they were most likely TV's first interracial couple. Helen was Louise's best friend and they ran a Help Center which opened in 1977. As for Tom and George, it took the entire run of the series to develop their love/hate friendship. The series was unceremoniously pulled from the air with no warning, so the cast, bitter that they never got to shoot an appropriate finale episode, later reunited for a theatrical stage play. Sherman and Isabel also reprised their roles as George and Louise Jefferson on a couple episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the mid-90's and have most recently reprised their roles on Denny's commercials. Spinoff of: All in the Family Spinoffs: Checking In CBS Broadcast History January-August 1975----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. September 1975-October 1976----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. November 1976-January 1977----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. January 1977-August 1977----Mondays----8:00 p.m. September 1977-March 1978----Saturdays----9:00 p.m. April-May 1978----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. June-September 1978----Mondays----8:00 p.m. September 1978-January 1979----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. January-March 1979----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. March-June 1979----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. June 1979-September 1982----Sundays----9:30 p.m. September 1982-December 1984----Sundays----9:00 p.m. January-March 1985----Tuesdays----8:00 p.m. June-July 1985----Tuesdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #4 in the 1974-1975 Season #21 in the 1975-1976 Season #24 in the 1976-1977 Season #8 in the 1979-1980 Season #6 in the 1980-1981 Season #3 in the 1981-1982 Season #12 in the 1982-1983 Season #19 in the 1983-1984 Season #56 in the 1984-1985 Season Never hit the top 30 First Telecast: January 18, 1975 Last Telecast: July 23, 1985 Episodes: 253 Color Episodes Theme Song: "Movin' On Up" Written by: Jeff Barry and Ja'net DuBois Sung by: Ja'net DuBois Well we're movin on up,to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky. Movin on up, to the east side. We finally got a piece of the pie. Fish don't fry in the kitchen; Beans don't burn on the grill. Took a whole lotta tryin', just to get up that hill. Now we're up in the big leagues, gettin' our turn at bat. As long as we live, it's you and me baby, and there ain't nothin' wrong with that. Well we're movin on up, to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky. Movin on up, to the east side. We finally got a piece of the pie.moreless

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    • Florence: This sure is a nice apartment. Louise: Why, thank you. Florence: Whoo-wee, look at the size of that kitchen. And I see you have a cook too. (eyeing Mother Jefferson in the kitchen)

    • Florence: Well how come we overcame and nobody told me?

    • George: This black history really is something, when I was in school, the only black history they had was Little Black Sambo and Black Beauty, a midget and a horse. Louise: Well George, I had a better education than you did, I went to all the Disney movies, and I learned about Briar Rabbit and Uncle Rhemus and Zippity Doo Dah.

    • Ward: Now listen, Lionel, in my day the Negros... Lionel: Blacks. Ward: Lionel, it took us a couple hundred years to go from niggers to coloreds, and 25 more years to go from coloreds to Negros...so you'll have to excuse me if it takes me a while to get to black. And if it weren't for us Uncle Toms, young bloods like you wouldn't be around today.

    • Louise: I went and I talked to the Dean. Lionel: What did you have to go and do that for? Louise: Will you just LISTEN? I explained to him what happened and he's a very reasonable man, and he said it wasn't the first time he was flipped half a peace sign.

    • Ward: The original Uncle Tom was a slave named Josiah Henson who marched from Kentucky with his wife and children all the way to Canada, where they started a new life. George: How do you know that? Ward: I read, I listen, you could try that sometime...now did you ever hear about the Underground Railroad? George: Yeah. Ward: Well Josiah helped over 100 slaves get to freedom before there ever was an Underground Railroad. And I'll tell you, George, you are NOT a man I would call Uncle Tom.

    • Louise: Remember when Natalie got the exterminator to come to the building? George: No. Louise: The landlord came for the rent and she gave him a rat, and he asked "Where's the rent?" and she said "In the rat, he ate everything".

    • Louise: Since we left, Roy says it's no fun singing duets by himself.

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    Notes (553)

    • This episode was videotaped on December 13, 1974.

    • The original pilot of The Jeffersons aired as an episode of All in the Family called "The Jeffersons Move Up."

    • The series aired on Saturdays until November 1976.

    • Marla Gibbs makes her first of three guest appearances this season as Florence Johnston.

    • This episode was videotaped on January 07, 1975.

    • Berlinda Tolbert does not appear in this episode.

    • The alternate title for this episode used in syndication is "The Good Life is Bad for Louise".

    • This episode was videotaped on December 22, 1974.

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    Trivia (50)

    • The song Lionel is singing at the beginning of the episode is Kool and the Gang's famous hit "Jungle Boogie."

    • George tells Mr. Bentley that Monk Davis has hustled him before - the day he and Louise got married. However, when Monk Davis shows up in George's apartment, he asks who the "pretty momma" is. How could he not know if he was there when they were married?

    • As Mother Jefferson is storming out of the apartment half way into the episode, she drops her purse, but does not stop to pick it up.

    • This was the first appearance of Alan Willis. ┬áThe character will return for eight episodes in the fifth season, but played by a different actor (Jay Hammer).

    • When Helen is dressing, watch the fancy pin on her green dress, it appears and disappears at times.

    • Probably a made-up headline from a made-up newspaper (Sunday News), the paper Louise is reading at the top of this episode has this as it's headline: "Find Twin Dogs Dead In Posh Pail." If you look closely, the design to the cover of Sunday News is reminiscent of the New York Daily News cover. The writers of this episode were probably just poking fun at the absurd headlines you often will find on a newspaper in New York.

    • Throughout the whole episode, the living room balcony door is either open a crack or completely shut without seeing anyone having the time to open/shut it.

    • The entire cast of the Jeffersons appeared on the front cover of the October 23, 1975 issue of Jet Magazine which was two days before this episode was aired on CBS.

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    Allusions (16)

    • The episode name is also the same name of the 1960s music group Jefferson Airplane.

    • In this episode, Louise and George talk about Rosie Greer's hobby of needlepointing. Rosie Greer was a star National Football League defensive lineman for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. Greer is also credited with disarming Sirhan Sirhan in the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The fact that such a large and ferocious man would take up needlepointing was humorous to many in the United States.

    • Helen calls George "Snoopy" in this episode while he is wearing his pilot goggles and hat. It is a reference to Charles Schultz's Charlie Brown cartoon, where the dog Snoopy would sit on his doghouse in hat and goggles and pretend to be a world war I flying ace.

    • Early in this episode Louise says Raymond is "just a baby." George responds by saying "Yeah, Rosemary's baby!" George is referring to the 1965 movie Rosemary's Baby directed by Roman Polanski in which a young woman, played by Mia Farrow, gives birth to a baby that was actually fathered by Satan.

    • At the help center, the "thief" tells Alan Willis that he doesn't look like a cop but then neither does "Columbo". Columbo was a famous homicide detective character on a 1970's TV show. Overhearing the conversation, the man trying on coats mentions that he wants a "raincoat". This is in reference to Columbo's trademark old raincoat that he wore during investigations.

    • In his dream flash forward to 1996, George discovers that the U.S. President that year is Amy Carter (the daughter of Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time of this episode's filming). However, Amy Carter would have only been 29 years old in 1996 and not yet constitutionally eligible to run for President. George must have dreamed a constitutional amendment also!!!!

    • In order to sway Billy Dee Williams to his apartment, George pretends he is author Alex Haley. Alex Haley wrote the book entitled "Roots" which became one of the most-watched TV Mini-Series of all time. The mini-series aired about a year prior to this episode.

    • George Jefferson says to Louise "Like who, The Seven Dwarfs?" George was talking about Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. The Seven Dwarfs lives in a house in the woods and Snow White takes care of them. There was a animated Disney film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in 1937.

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  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • honkey

    By JohnBrown4046, 3 days ago

  • Nice one!

    By da_dunker, May 11, 2007

  • Better then All In The Family And All of Norman Lear Other Shows.the best show ever on television the chemistry between Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley is wonderful to watch on and off camra.

    By salois, Apr 26, 2007

  • This is an awesome show, funny and a great family show

    By Nick1323, Dec 16, 2006

  • Excellent.

    By ANT890, Nov 05, 2006

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