AMEN started out as an satisfactory comedy based on the First Community Church of Philadelphia and its staff.
Sherman Hemsley performed well in his transition from George Jefferson to Deacon Ernest Frye.
The birth of the show introduced Deacon Frye’s daughter Thelma and her unyielding attraction on the unmarried Pastor of the church – Dr. Reverend Ruben Gregory.
But as the show moved forward, Thelma’s attraction for the Reverend evolved into an unbearable nuisance as she endured week various tactics that straddled the line of insanity to childish week after week. Thelma’s never-ending quest soon became the focus of the show, and unfortunately overshadowed everything else.
By the time the show ended, a finale was long overdue. The cat and mouse game between Thelma and the Reverend finally reached its peak – Thelma finally became “Mrs. Dr. Ruben Gregory,” and the couple welcomed their first child.