Trivia: The Jeffersons

  • The Character Died with Him: Zara Cully died during the fourth season, and Mother Jefferson was written out as having died also.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Gary Coleman appeared in an episode aired just before Diff'rent Strokes premired. Needless to say, CBS promoted the episode heavily when it was rerun.
    • In the "Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner" two-parter, the meek mystery writer is the Professor.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The theme song was sung by Ja'net DuBois, who also starred in Good Times, another Norman Lear project.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Lionel goes to Japan to work for an electronics company in season 8.
    • The Bus Came Back: He returns (only to announce he and Jenny are divorcing) in the two-part season 11 episode "Sayonara".
  • 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.)