The Jeffersons

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Actor Danny Wells Dies at 72

Captain Lou Albano, Danny Wells

Actor Danny Wells, who's best known for playing Luigi in the Super Mario Bros. TV series from 1989 to 1991, died Nov. 28 in Toronto, Variety reports. He was 72.

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Three's Company Producer George Burditt Dies at 89

Emmy-nominated writer-producer George Burditt died Tuesday in Burbank, Deadline reports. He was 89. read more

Jeffersons and Silver Spoons Director Jack Shea dies at 84

Jack Shea

Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.

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Jeffersons Star Ned Wertimer Dies at 89

Ned Wertimer

Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph the Doorman for 11 seasons on The Jeffersons, died Jan. 2 from complications related to a fall, The Associated Press reports. He was 89. read more

VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon and Guys with Kids Cast Perform Classic TV Theme Song Mash-Up

Jesse Bradford, Jimmy Fallon, Zach Cregger, Anthony Anderson

Jimmy Fallon has showed off his free-styling skills in his hit "History of Rap," and now he's taking on favorite television theme songs of the past.

On Tuesday night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the host was joined by the stars of his new sitcom Guys with Kids. After explaining why they were adamant about the show having their own theme song, Fallon burst into song starting with Anthony Anderson's personal favorite, the tune from The Jeffersons.

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The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley, best known for playing the vocal patriarch George Jefferson on The Jeffersons, died Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was 74.

He died at his El Paso, Texas, home, of natural causes, police told TMZ.

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Marla Gibbs to Guest-Star on Southland

Marla Gibbs

It's a 227 reunion! Marla Gibbs will guest-star in an upcoming episode of procedural drama Southland, alongside 227 co-star Regina King. (Now, where's Jackee?)
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Better Look out Cuz We’re “Movin’ on Up!”

Ah theme songs, they really just aren’t what they used to be (minus The Simpsons who we give three gold stars for creativity). Nowadays, all you get is some instrumental indie song crunched into ten second span of pretty faces and some crafty CGI flashing across the screen. So in honor of the good ole’ days of theme songs that actually told a story, we’re treating you to one our personal favorites— The Jeffersons’ “Movin’ on Up.” Permission granted to sing along. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

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Clockwise (from left): Isabel Sanford, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker, Sherman Hemsley, The Jeffersons

Question: Help me out here. I'm a big fan of The Jeffersons and I always thought the first actor who played Lionel left because of a swelled head, then came back when his solo career didn't take off. But my brother insists it was so that his brother could take over. Who's right?


Answer: Why, you are, Brenda, assuming you mean Mike Evans, who played young Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and then on its Jeffersons spin-off. He left because of an inflated sense of self rather than a bump on the noggin. However, it's probably nicer to say he suffered from the inexperience of youth rather than to tar him with the ego brush. Of course, the actor himself took it a step further in 1980 and told TV Guide he was dar read more

Today's column was written by Ben Katner.

LIFE GOES ON

Florence Henderson

VH1 has announced the has-beens who will be cohabitating in the sixth season of its megahit The Surreal Life. They are — and I swear I'm not joking — The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley, Whitesnake video vamp Tawny Kitaen, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille, Playboy TV's Andrea Lowell, Smashmouth rocker Steve Harwell and Alexis Arquette, Rosanna, Patricia and David's cross-dressing sibling. Wait, it gets better: Florence Henderson will also be on hand as the roommates' official den mother. Charlene Tilton's application was rejected yet again. read more

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Premiered: January 18, 1975, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The popular 'All in the Family' spin-off about a couple movin' on up from the Bunkers' modest Queens neighborhood to Manhattan's ritzy East Side. Paterfamilias George Jefferson was a bigoted, buffoonish mirror image of Archie Bunker, but had the money (from his dry-cleaning business) to back up his bluster. A ratings winner, 'The Jeffersons' spawned a spin-off, 1981's 'Checking In,' featuring sassy maid Florence (Marla Gibbs). It lasted just four weeks, and Florence returned to her old job.

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