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TV Series
    (January 18, 1975-July 23, 1985)
    Aired on CBS
    Created by Norman Lear
    Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson
    Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson
    Marla Gibbs as Florence Johnston
    Roxie Rocker as Helen Willis
    Franklin Cover as Tom Willis
    Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson
    Berlinda Tolbert as Jenny Willis Jefferson
    Paul Benedict as Harry Bently
    Zara Cully as Mother Jefferson
    Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson #1 (1975, 1979-1981)
    Damon Evans as Lionel Jefferson #2 (1975-1978)
    Ned Wertimer as Ralph the Doorman
    Opening theme 'Movin' on Up' composed by Jeff Barry and Ja'net DuBois
    It popularized the racial term 'honkey.'
    Sherman Hemsley did not like using the word 'honkey' in reference to Franklin Cover but the writers forced him to say it.
    It was highly controversial for its depiction of black racists.
    George Jefferson was essentially Archie Bunker in black face.
    As a result of this show, Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford were forever typecast as the Jeffersons. They appeared together in restaurant commercials, Old Navy commercials and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' as their Jeffersons characters.
    African Americans remain sharply divided over the quality of the show.
    It toned down its confrontational humor to fit with the more conservative 1980s.
    They switched Lionel Jeffersons and then switched back.
    CBS changed its time-slot fourteen times.
    It was cancelled without a chance for a proper series finale.
    They were a moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky (to the 'Colby East' apartment building to be exact).
    It was the second (and most successful) spin-off of 'All in the Family.'
    Though there was a twenty year age difference, Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford were able to portray a realistic black couple.
    They wisely decided to write-out the Mother Jefferson character after Zara Cully died.
    It portrayed a successful African-American family years before 'The Cosby Show.'
    It was the first sitcom to show an interracial marriage.
    It is one of the longest running sitcoms of all time.
    It proved that an African-American sitcom could still be enormously successful.
    The cast, bitter of their treatment by CBS, reunited to do a stage version of the sitcom.
    They finally got their piece of the pie.

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