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The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons

  • Premiered: 
    January 18, 1975
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of All in the Family 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

THE JEFFERSONS is a half-hour sitcom that follows the side-splitting exploits of an upwardly-mobile family -- dry cleaning entrepreneur George, his wife Louise, and their son Lionel -- as they move from the working-class section of Queens to a deluxe apartment in Manhattan. George's brash, arrogant personality always seems to get him in hot water. Lucky for him, he's got the level-headed 'Weezy' by his side and their wise-cracking maid, Florence, to keep him humble.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 8-9:33pm ET/PT, ABC premieres "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE JEFFERSONS" from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and television icon Norman Lear. This one-night-only event, takes viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy Award-winning series ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE JEFFERSONS. This legendary night of television is hosted by Lear and Kimmel, directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows. Stars include Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackee Harry (Diane Stockwell), Kerry Washington (Helen Willis)

After the star-studded live sitcom special "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE JEFFERSONS," NIGHTLINE will take a special look at the cultural and historical significance of the two iconic series. Participants in the live sitcom special along with modern-day comedians, television stars and journalists reminisce about each show's groundbreaking impact and legacy. The prime-time special features interviews with ALL IN THE FAMILY and THE JEFFERSONS creator Norman Lear; host and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel and stars Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz, Jackee Harry, Ellie Kemper and Kerry Washington; comedians and actors Raven-Symone, David Alan Grier, Lil' Rel and John Amos; original THE JEFFERSONS cast member Marla Gibbs; and journalists Deborah Roberts, Chris Connelly, Marc Lamont Hill and Joe Levy.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by T.A.T. Communications Company (1975-1982)
  • In association with NRW Productions (1975-1982)
  • Produced by Embassy Television (1982-1985)
  • In association with Ragamuffin, Inc. (1975-1982)

Theme Song

  • Moving On Up


  • George & Louise Jefferson - Manhattan, New York USA
  • Harry Bentley - Manhattan, New York USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • December 22, 1976: Jenny Willis and Lionel Jefferson are married
  • February 10, 1980: Jessica is born