Trivia / The Jeffersons

  • The Character Died With Her: Zara Cully died during the fourth season, and Mother Jefferson was written out as having died also.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Lionel was played by Mike Evans in season 1, Damon Evans (no relation) in seasons 2-4, then Mike Evans again for seasons 6-8 (and a two-part guest appearance in season 11).
    • Tom, Helen, and Jenny Willis were all played by different actors in the All in the Family episode that first introduced the characters ("Lionel's Engagement").
    • Allan Willis was played by Andrew Rubin in the first season as a one shot. He reappeared semi-regularly later in the series, played by Jay Hammer.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Many times. For example, "The Blackout", which aired January 21, 1978, was inspired by the infamous Blackout of 1977 in New York.
  • Reality Subtext: Roxie Roker's husband was white. When the producers asked if she was willing to play half of a mixed race couple, she pulled out a family portrait. (And on a trivia note, her son is Lenny Kravitz.)
  • Screwed by the Network: The series was abruptly cancelled by CBS after 11 seasons without a proper finale. The cast wasn't informed until after the last episode, and Sherman Hemsley didn't know until he read about it in the newspaper.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Jeffersons Wiki.