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The Jeffersons

Season 1 1975

  • 1975-01-18T05:00:00Z on CBS
  • 30 mins
  • 5 hours, 36 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy

A sitcom about a black couple "movin' on up" from a modest Queens neighborhood to deluxe apartment in Manhattan's ritzy East Side. The show was spun-off from "All in the Family" in 1975 and for the next 11 seasons, The Jeffersons lived among a kaleidoscope of characters, including their sassy maid Florence, a bizarre British neighbor named Bentley, and the Willises -- TV's first married couple in which one character was black and one was white. Like All in the Family, The Jeffersons had a bigoted, opinionated loud-mouth at its center: George Jefferson, who was constantly putting his foot in his mouth. The show tackled many serious issues, although comedy was the key element of its success.

13 episodes

1x01 A Friend in Need

  • Series Premiere

    1975-01-18T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

The Jeffersons have moved on up and are now enjoying living in their new high-rise apartment. Louise has made a new friend in Diane Stockwell, who is having a hard time believing that George made his way up the ladder without doing anything shady. However, bigger problems are brewing when George insists that Louise hire a maid but Louise is totally against the idea.

1x02 George's Family Tree

  • 1975-01-25T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

The Willis' give Louise and George a piece of primitive African art, as a housewarming gift, which leads to the discussion of family roots. This leads George to discover his family roots, from an African tribe believed to be kings.

1x03 Louise Feels Useless

  • 1975-02-01T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Louise is having a hard time getting use to her new wealthy lifestyle and the boredom that comes along with it. She begins trying to talk George into letting her work in the store in the building but he is totally against it. This leads her to inadvertently get a job with another cleaning business and George hits the ceiling when he learns the news. That is until he begins thinking of using her position for sabotage.

1x04 Lionel the Playboy

  • 1975-02-08T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lionel's new wealthy lifestyle begins to have an effect on him and a carefree attitude begins to be seen by his family. He stays out all night every night and cuts class. This leads to him debating on whether or not to drop out of college.

1x05 Mr. Piano Man

  • 1975-02-15T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

George refuses to participate in a tenants meeting until he learns the Mr. Whittendale will be there. George has hopes of doing business with the man. Meanwhile, George's want for a grand piano becomes a burden during the meeting.

1x06 George's Skeleton

  • 1975-02-22T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

An old friend of George's, Monk Davis, drops in after learning of George's new found success. However, Monk has more on his mind than just a friendly visit.

1x07 Lionel Cries Uncle

  • 1975-03-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Louise is expecting a visit from her Uncle Ward, a man who happens to be a butler. His job is what makes George and Lionel put him down, calling him an "Uncle Tom." Meanwhile, a fight at school prompts Lionel to get kicked out.

1x08 Mother Jefferson's Boyfriend

  • 1975-03-08T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

George learns of Mother Jefferson's intentions of marriage and is totally against the idea, thinking her fiancee is after his money.

1x09 Meet the Press

  • 1975-03-15T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Wanting publicity for his stores, George tries to get in on a reporter's series of stories on successful black businessmen. However, once he finally gets the reporter to make an appearance he finds it difficult to hold his attention, with the Willis' and Mr. Bentley hanging around.

1x10 Rich Man's Disease

  • 1975-03-22T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

With the doctor's diagnosis that George has an ulcer, Louise tries to do everything to not allow George to become upset. This task proves difficult with Harry, Tom and Helen dropping in.

1x11 Former Neighbors

  • 1975-03-29T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

George comes home one evening with news an important potential client is coming over for dinner. However, Louise has news too. Some old friends of the Jeffersons are coming over, friends whom George is afraid will embarrass him in front of his pompous client.

1x12 Like Father, Like Son?

  • 1975-04-05T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Louise becomes concerned when she sees Lionel beginning to act more and more like his father. Things come to a head, when Lionel tries to get Jenny a seat on a campaign committee by using bribery. Meanwhile, Tom and Helen are at odds when they each back opposing candidates.

1x13 Jenny's Low

  • 1975-04-12T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Jenny's globe-trotting brother surprises his family with a visit home. While Tom and Helen, debate on the reason for Allan staying away so long, Jenny is anything but happy about his visit and her reason has nothing to do with him staying away for so long.

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