The Jeffersons

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The Bunkers' neighbors on the top-rated All in the Family move to a midtown Manhattan high-rise.
Starring
Sherman HemsleyIsabel SanfordMike Evans
Genres
DramaComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Ep 1 - A Friend in Need
    January 17, 1975
    26min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George wants to hire a maid for his new luxury apartment, but Louise, having worked as a maid herself for many years, doesn't feel comfortable with the idea.
  2. 2. Ep 2 - George's Family Tree
    January 24, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A piece of primitive art given to the Jeffersons by the Willises sparks an inter-family battle about the importance of ancestors. George, totally unimpressed by anyone's ancestry, goes through a quick reversal in attitude when he gets some exciting information about his own background.
  3. 3. Ep 3 - Louise Feels Useless
    January 31, 1975
    26min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Living the life of the idle rich is driving Louise right up the walls, but her solution to the problem is creating an even greater problem.
  4. 4. Ep 4 - Lionel the Playboy
    February 7, 1975
    26min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Louise is extremely upset over Lionel's new "playboy" attitude; George, on the other hand, loves the idea of his son rubbing elbows with the rich. George quickly changes his point of view about Lionel's new lifestyle when he learns his son is thinking about quitting college.
  5. 5. Ep 5 - Mr. Piano Man
    February 14, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dedicated to his new philosophy of "not making waves," George wants nothing to do with a tenant protest meeting. But when he learns his banker and fellow-tenant H.L. Whittendale is expected to attend, George not only changes his tune, he also insists on hosting the meeting in a style he hopes will impress even the penthouse-dwelling banker.
  6. 6. Ep 6 - George's Skeleton
    February 21, 1975
    26min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George sees his life going down the drain when "Monk" Davis appears from out of his past and threatens to rattle a skeleton in his closet unless George coughs up same cash.
  7. 7. Ep 7 - Lionel Cries Uncle
    February 28, 1975
    26min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A cold reception from George and Lionel greets a visit from Louise's Uncle Ward because the Jefferson men feel a more appropriate name for him is "Uncle Tom." Louise puts George and Lionel on notice that they'd better behave, but things don't exactly work out that way.
  8. 8. Ep 8 - Mother Jefferson's Boyfriend
    March 7, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mother Jefferson finds romance and is talking about heading for the altar and Florida. Louise is in ecstasy and George is in agony.
  9. 9. Ep 9 - Meet the Press
    March 14, 1975
    26min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George tries to harness the power of the press for his own ends. Convinced publicity will mean a boom to his business, George tricks a newspaper reporter into coming to his home for an interview.
  10. 10. Ep 10 - Rich Man's Disease
    March 21, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George doesn't know whether to be pleased or dismayed when he gets the "rich man's disease." Louise finds herself facing the impossible task of keeping George away from anything that aggravates him.
  11. 11. Ep 11 - Former Neighbors
    March 28, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George's past is about to ruin his future, at least that's what he fears. George's nightmare begins when he discovers that Louise has invited some old friends from Harlem to dinner at the same time that he has invited a high society businessman.
  12. 12. Ep 12 - Like Father, Like Son?
    April 4, 1975
    26min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Lionel comes on like his father, sparks start flying between him and Jenny. George makes matters worse by touching off fireworks between Jenny's parents, Tom and Helen.
  13. 13. Ep 13 - Jenny's Low
    April 11, 1975
    26min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jenny gives her brother an ice-cold reception when he suddenly appears after a two-year absence. George is the only one who understands Jenny's strange behavior and, unfortunately, he makes no bones about saying no.

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Directors
Jack Shea
Supporting actors
Roxie RokerFranklin CoverPaul BenedictMarla Gibbs
Producers
Norman LearDon NichollMichael RossBernard West
Season year
1975
Network
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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SylviastelReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Movin On Up in the East Side To A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky!
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Come on and spend the first season with George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson in their Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan, New York. They finally made it to a luxury apartment and the first season shows their challenges. There are plenty of laughs along with the Willises, Mother Jefferson, Flo Johnston, Lionel and Jenny, and Mr. Bentley of course.

The first season is only thirteen episodes long and the series proved to be a critical and fan favorite for decades. Isabel Sanford would be the first African American actress to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series as Louise Mills Jefferson. Sherman Hemsley would be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame as well. The spinoff series was developed by the genius, Norman Lear. The Jeffersons were neighbors to the Bunkers in Queens, New York. Like his other series, the spinoff was a huge success on its own merit.

The series is well-done, acted, and casted brilliantly as an ensemble company. I especially love Zara Cully's Mother Jefferson who died during the series run. You have to love the interaction between George and Florence and the Willises as well. The series would go on for a decade and more if the network didn't cancel it.

I wished the DVD would have featured extra features like Norman Lear interview or interviews with the cast members. Sadly, the only cast members alive right now are Marla Gibbs, Berlinda Tolbert, and Damon Evans (second Lionel). This season features Mike Evans ( the original Lionel before he went off to work on "Good Times"). Apart from that, it's a great series.
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Nick ZegaracReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
George and Louise - movin' on up but not necessarily on home video
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The 1970's were a particularly progressive time for the American sitcom. The Jeffersons is a brilliant lampoon - reverse racism run amuck and cleverly shielded by the veneer of comedy. You can say an awful lot about folks when you coat the pill with sweetness. The Jeffersons continue to delight and inform as they did back in the day. Great stuff to be had here. Unfortunately, like so many shows from the period, this one was shot on tape rather than film. The results are abysmally subpar; a picture riddled with color bleeding, fading, and a ton of video noise. I'm no expert here, but I do know that modern technology can alleviate - if not entirely remove - the inconsistencies that are glaring obvious herein.

Sony ought to have taken a more progressive approach to remastering these discs. Again, The Jeffersons would never look as good as a production shot on film based preservation materials. But color correction and balancing should have been applied. Ditto for DNR, used only to moderately reduce the level of video noise on virtually all of the patterned materials that creates distracting ringing halos around just about everything. I've graded this release for content and quality. If only on quality alone, it would have rated a single star.
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J. R. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disc One doesn't play. Returning DVDs
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I was really excited to watch the first season of The Jeffersons. It was really disappointing that disc one didn't read or play in two dvd players. The dvd didn't appear scratched at all. Both of my dvd players are fairly new and played other DVDs. Disc two plays great. Unfortunately, I will be returning this dvd.
RuthieReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny show.
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Came in time and was in great shape. I love this show. I was born in the 80's and remember watching this on tv. I didn't understand the jokes alot then. But man this show is hilarious now to me. Great buy for some great laughs.
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Garrett7114Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The 1970's: Strange Decade, Great Sitcoms.
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The Jeffersons was one of my favorite sitcoms back in the 70's, and still is today. Back then there was a lot more leeway for writers. The N word was used in comedies like The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son. Everyone knew that Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson), or Carol O'Conner (Archie Bunker, of All In The Family), were not bigots in real life, it was just a part they were playing in a sitcom.George had Weezy and Lionel, to try to talk some sense into him, and Archie had Edith, Mike (Meathead), and Gloria as the rational people in his family. In the case of Sanford and Son it was Lamont, Fred's son, who was always trying to get his father to be sensible. The combination of ignorance and levelheadedness played off of each other and the results were hilarious.
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andy8047Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Black and White Show that's "not really black and white"
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Before George Jefferson,I don't think anybody found prejudice humorous. Referring to caucasians as "honkies" and half-black and half-white people as "zebras" heavily tickles my funny bone. There was also little mention of the word that rhymes with "bigger" on this collection. Tom Willis and Harry Bentley are the "honkies" on the show. The children of Tom and his black wife Helen are the "zebras". Archie Bunker's prejudice is not as humorous as George's. George expresses his with mild anger. Archie often expresses his calmly. The Jeffersons have come a long way since they lived on Hauser Street in Queens. Since moving to Manhattan,Archie's daughter Gloria and her husband Mike went into the Jeffersons' home residentially. This is the first of eleven successful seasons. Unfortunately,NBC's "The Cosby Show" brought the Jeffersons' ratings down.
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Kim DavisReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Really good seller. Great prices. Fast shipping. Perfect dvds
NickReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon only gives 50% back on defective DVDs
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Disc one would not play and Amazon charges 50% to return a defective DVD
The packaging was very nice
The only reason I give it to stars because disc one with that pla The only reason I give it 2 stars because disc one would not play
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