A spin-off of Norman Lear’s All in the Family, The Jeffersons ran for 11 seasons on CBS. The cast includes Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Mike Evans, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Marla Gibbs, Zara Cully, Berlinda Tolbert, Paul Benedict, Damon Evans, and Jay Hammer.
It was a top-rated show for many years. Unfortunately, The Jeffersons was unceremoniously cancelled in 1985 and a true series finale was never made. Hemsley recalls that he found out about the cancellation by reading about it in the newspaper.
Sadly, the cast never recorded a reunion special and most of the castmembers are gone now. Hemsley and Sanford did reunite several times over the years in commercials and various cameos.
Two of the most memorable instances took place on Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sitcom. In the first appearance, Will and his girlfriend are having relationship issues and they get some group counseling.
The second took place in the 1996’s Fresh Prince series finale. Appropriately, George and Louise Jefferson end up buying the Banks family mansion. In this instance, they’re joined by housekeeper Florence (Marla Gibbs), who still knows how to cut George down to size.
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