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1) The show started in 1975, ended in 1985 and was the longest running sitcom with a predominantly black cast in US television history.
2) The show had one spin-off, called “Checking in.” This featured the maid for the show, Florence. The show ran for only four episodes before it was canceled. That’s when Marla Gibbs returned to “The Jeffersons.”
3) The show ended abruptly in 1985 with the cast members being told almost nothing by CBS. Sherman Hemsley said he found out about the cancelation by reading it in the newspaper.
4) The Jeffersons as a family appeared on the final episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” where they bought the house from the Banks family.
5) The Jeffersons also came back together (Florence and George did) on an episode of “House of Payne” in 2011
6) Isabel Sanford, who played Louise Jefferson, made her first appearance as Louise on the show, “All in the Family” during an episode called “Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood,” on March 2, 1971.
7) Norman Lear, who created “The Jeffersons” saved the George Jefferson character for two years specifically for Sherman Hemsley, who was an actor on Broadway. At the time, Hemsley was busy doing the Broadway show “Purlie.”
8) George Jefferson got the money to run his dry cleaners after being rear-ended by a car and getting a settlement.
9) She show came to an end on June25, 1985 after sinking out of the top 30 in the ratings.
10) While George and Louise were a very credible married couple, Louise was nearly 20 years older than him in real life. The same was true for Florida and James Evans in “Good Times,” who were 19 year apart in age.