Season 2, Episode 17 Deacon Dearest
First Aired: February 27, 1988
While counseling Thelma's friend, whose marriage is on the rocks, the Deacon winds up falling for her instead. Richard: James A. Watson Jr. Atkins: Tom Tarpey. Deacon: Sherman Hemsley.
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- Premiered: September 27, 1986
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: A pompous, scheming deacon clashes with a new minister over the running of a Philadelphia church in this popular sitcom. The series was a follow-up hit for Sherman Hemsley, who, a year earlier, had finished a 10-year run on 'The Jeffersons.' (more)