The Jeffersons: We're Moving On Up
Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 9:28 AM
Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 6:34 PM
Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 1:40 AM
Just gotta say though, whoever did the women's hair and makeup on the show during the later years should have been fired (perhaps [s]he was responsible for Tempest Bledsoe's misshaped afro in The Cosby Show). I can't tell you how many times I had to turn away each time I saw Marla and Isabel caked in clown makeup.
Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 2:46 AM
I was too young for its original run, but it was apparently on all the time in syndication in the 80s. I seem to pair it with Three's Company in my mind, so I think they were on one right after the other.
Does anyone remember the episode where George goes to visit his old friend Eddie? An attractive woman answers the door, and she reveals that she is Eddie, only her name is now Edie. George is flabbergasted, but apparently comes around at the end. I think that was the first time I'd ever heard of transsexuals, but no one else seems to remember it. I didn't dream it, did I?
Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 4:12 AM
No, that is an actual episode.
I didn't dream it, did I?
Three's Company was an ABC show and The Jeffersons was on CBS and they aired on different nights.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 1:34 AM
I know Three's Company and The Jeffersons were on different networks originally, but I'm pretty sure KTVU Channel 2 here in Northern California used to show re-runs back-to-back. I was too young to see either series when they first aired, so I caught them in the mid to late 80s.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 3:25 AM
Can anyone explain to me what the Fish don't fry in the kitchen/Beans don't burn on the grill lines mean? I've always wondered about that.
I'd always assumed that the lines referred to the "common" foods they would have eaten in their former digs, as opposed to the classier foods, prepared in calmer and clearner surroundings, they'd consume in their dee-luxe apartment in the sky-yi-yi.
There is one George/Weezy exchange I always quote when I give a tour of my apartment:
George: This is our living room, where we does our living.
And this is our dining room, where we does our dining.
And this is our kitchen....
Weezy: Where we does our kitchening!
Does anyone else remember the episode where they first hired a maid, and Florence was the candidate they rejected? Yet somehow she showed up as their maid.
edited because homophones are confusing!
Edited by hughster, Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:02 PM.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 12:17 PM
Did you all see that the Jeffersons came in at something like #25 in TVland's viewers poll of best TV theme songs? I thought that was just shameful.
I went to a Maple Leafs game a couple of weeks ago, and as part of a promotion a couple of fans sitting in the nosebleed section were given rinkside seats. What was the music playing when they made their way down to the seats? You guessed it. It may be #25 on TV Land, but it's #1 in a lot of people's hearts.
I loved this show, even though it pretty much went downhill when Marla Gibbs left (by the time she came back it was too little, too late). Mama Jefferson rocked and I loved seeing her and Weezie going at it...it's a shame Zara Cully died so early in the show's run. In the battle of the Lionels I preferred Damon Evans, he just seemed more suited to the role and I could see Jenny falling for him whereas Michael Evans...not so much. I think I read a while back that when Damon left the show he became a famous opera singer in England.
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 2:00 PM
It may be #25 on TV Land, but it's #1 in a lot of people's hearts.
I loved Mother Jefferson! Zara Cully was great in the role. And I had no idea that Damon became a famous opera singer. Wow!
Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 2:19 PM
What about the episode when the guy tried to attack Wizzie. It was a Halloween/Costume episode. I think he was dressed as a bunny. Louise was a stunning Mae West. I can't remember all the details though.
Edited by raramama, Jan 15, 2004 @ 9:39 AM.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 1:22 PM
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 2:06 AM
How did this show end?
If I'm not mistaken they didn't even get a series finale, apparently CBS just canceled them at the last minute
When I watched a behind-the-scenes special on E! or some such station, a couple of the cast members (Sherman Hemsely and Marla Gibbs, I think) said that they found out that the show was cancelled by reading it in the paper. According to the stars, the network didn't have the decency to even tell them they were cancelled. How disrespectful!
I HATED Mother Jefferson. She was such a witch!
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 9:48 PM
Instead of "Margaret Burns", the plaque had "Margaret Burps" on it and when George came home to find the two women in a fight, he asked Weezy what was wrong and she said "Margaret Burps", to which George replied, "Maybe she has gas"--lol.
Posted Jan 19, 2004 @ 9:07 PM
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Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 5:23 PM
Oh how I loved The Jeffersons. I grew up with them. I loved how George walked! That's one of the only shows that I actually laugh at the opening credits. Besides getting down to the theme song, watching Weezie getting startled when George knocks on her hair dryer. And her smacking George with the pillow so he flipped over backward off the bed. To an 8 year old (me, at the time) that is the stuff that comedy is made out of.
What is it with the women passing? First Mama Jefferson, then Roxie Roker, now Ms. Sanford. RIP Weezie. We loved you!
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 7:12 PM
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Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 9:33 PM
Even besides The Jeffersons, she was on nearly at the beginning on All in the Family. The character was first seen on the episode where they moved in Archie's neighborhood and he tried to get them out. We didn't even get to see George until episode 67 in October, 1973 (Thanks to the "Classic Sitcoms" book).
Although I watched The Jeffersons through it's run, I've been more in tune with the AITF reruns in more recent years.
I'd like to think she's having a nice reunion with Carroll O'Connor.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 10:04 PM
Aw, Isabel Sanford was the best and such a huge part of why this show was so great. I was so happy for her when she got her star on the Walk of Fame a few months ago. Thankfully she'll live forever in the reruns.
I was happy that she got her Walk of Fame star, too. She (and all the cast) deserved all the recognition they received, especially after the disrespectful was the show was cancelled by CBS. No show can go on forever, but any show that stayed on as long as The Jeffersons and made the network as much money as it did, should have gotten a better send-off. The fans deserved better, too.
As it has been mentioned, she was such an underrated actress. She had a difficult role on the show, since she was mostly the straight woman to Marla Gibbs and Sherman Hemsley. But she was great at what she did, and the show wouldn't have been the same without her.
I was floored to hear she was so much older that Sherman. I always thought they were contemporaries, maybe 4 or 5 years apart, if that much. Both Isabel and "Weezie" will be remembered.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 11:00 PM
We didn't even get to see George until episode 67 in October, 1973 (Thanks to the "Classic Sitcoms" book).
Wasn't it some other guy who played George back then, a dark skin guy?
I was floored to hear she was so much older that Sherman.
I didn't know she was that old. How much older than him was she?
Posted Jul 12, 2004 @ 11:39 PM
Posted Jul 13, 2004 @ 12:21 AM
Posted Jul 13, 2004 @ 12:39 AM
Wasn't it some other guy who played George back then, a dark skin guy?
Actually, that was George's brother who made visits to the Bunkers. Initially he pretended to be George when he met Archie because the real George said that he would never step foot inside a "honky" home.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 @ 9:15 AM
Isabel was born in 1917 and Sherman was born in 1938, so she was 21 years older than him.
Wow...I did see that on IMDB. She definitely looked good for her age then. I would've sworn she and George were around the same age.