"We're a-movin' on up, movin' on up, to the East Side, to that de-luxe apartment in the sky..."
The longest-running TV series with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television, The Jeffersons
aired for eleven seasons (1975-85) on CBS
. It features an upper-class black couple, George and Louise Jefferson, and is a Spin-Off
of All in the Family
, in which the characters had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker.
Although created (like its parent show) by Norman Lear
, it wasn't that political. Still, it was the first series to prominently feature a mixed-racial couple, Helen and Tom Willis.
The show had its own spin-off, titled Checking In
and centered on the character of housekeeper Florence. Low ratings led to its cancellation after just four episodes, and Florence returned to The Jeffersons
The show did not get a proper finale, as it was ended early due to Executive Meddling
on the part of CBS
. Most of the cast found out after the last episode, but actor Sherman Hemsley didn't know until he read about it in the newspaper.
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