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George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley)

George was originally a character on All in the Family until he cleaned up in the dry-cleaning business and moved on up to the upper east side of Manhattan, where instead of being discriminated against by his neighbour Archie, he took to discriminating against his neighbours (and in-laws) Tom and Helen Willis

  • Abusive Parents: George recalls being hit by his father frequently but doesn't seem to bear any resentment towards him
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  • Angry Black Man
  • Conspicuous Consumption: A big fan of this
  • The Dandy: Has a massive and varied wardrobe, and wears a fresh carnation on his lapel every day.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With more emphasis on "snark" than "deadpan".
  • Happily Married: He and Louise fight a lot but it's obvious they love each other deeply.
  • Hypocrite: Gives Louise's uncle a really hard time for being an Uncle Tom (he's a butler to a white household) but when he sucks up to his white business associates it's just fine.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Has a habit of framing his prejudices in a way others can't argue with, such as justifying not hiring a white manager by pointing out that if he doesn't hire black executives, who will
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: George is loud-mouthed, snarky, obnoxious and down right bigoted but he's also generous, dependable and a loving husband and father.
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  • Last-Name Basis: Always called Archie Bunker, Tom Willis and Harry Bentley by their surnames.
  • Noble Bigot: Harbours a lot of resentment towards caucasians, although it's hard to blame him considering the cultural context of his early life.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Very wealthy but he works his finger to the bone for every cent.
  • Rags to Riches
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Sometimes
  • Self-Made Man: Worked his way from a janitor in Harlem to a middle-class business owner in Queens to a bonafide dry-cleaning tycoon on the upper east side.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Almost always wears an impeccably fitted three piece suit at work and owns an impressive array of smoking jackets and neck-kerchiefs.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Sometimes. Even though he really does love his wife, son, and is deep down a well meaning person, he can be quite self-invested, snarky, stubborn, and obnoxious
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Louise "Weezy" Jefferson Née Mills (Isabel Sanford)

George's long-suffering wife who came with him on his journey to the top. Although she was sweet and kind, she had a sharp tongue in her head and didn't hesitate to lash George with it when he needed it.

Lionel Jefferson (Mike Evans, Damon Evans)

George and Weezy's son from All in The Family. Early on he was in college to become an engineer. After he graduated he married Jenny Willis and got a job.

  • Amicable Exes: Eventually lands on this with Jenny.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Dates and marries a biracial girl against his father's express wishes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Must run in the family.
  • Expy: The position he takes in marital arguments sometimes mirrors Mike Stivic.
  • Generation Xerox: Depending on the actor playing him. When portrayed by Mike Evans, he behaved more like George(albeit, without his bigoted ideals). However, when played by Damon Evans, he was more like Louise.
  • Mr. Fixit: He is an engineer after all.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by two different actors
  • Put on a Bus: Moved to Japan with Jenny.

Olivia "Mother" Jefferson (Zara Cully)

George's mother who constantly mollycoddles George while belittling Louise.

Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict)

The Jeffersons' English neighbour who frequently drops by to borrow something or have George walk on his back. He's an interpreter at the U.N.

Florence Johnston (Marla Gibbs)

The Jeffersons' live-in maid. She was a good Christian woman despite being snarky, slightly lazy and generally making George's life Hell.

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