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One year after the demise of The Jeffersons, Sherman Hemsley returned to television to star in another hit sitcom as Ernest Frye, the lawyer and scheming deacon of First Community Church of Philadelphia, and who intended to keep it under his thumb. Unfortunately, the new minister, Rev. Reuben Gregory, had other ideas and every week he quietly deflated the strutting deacon. Both, of course, really had the church's best interests at heart. Frye's 30-year-old romantically frustrated daughter, Themla, developed a massive crush on the new pastor. Other members of the church board included chattering sisters, Amelia and Casietta Hetebrink and Rolly, the board's wise old voice of reason.

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Dueling Ministers
star
7.67
3 votes

#1 - Dueling Ministers

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/31/1987

Rev. Johnny returns to give a sermon at the church.

Directors: Bill Foster
Writer: Bob Ellison
Pilot
star
7.40
5 votes

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/27/1986

In the series pilot, Ernest Frye, a holier-than-thou deacon, is seeking a new minister for the First Community church.

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Thelma Frye, Dough Girl
star
7.00
3 votes

#3 - Thelma Frye, Dough Girl

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/16/1989

Thelma is home on a weekend pass for the Christmas holiday, which affords her the perfect opportunity to be the perfect hostess, the perfect cook and the perfect wife-to-be for Rev. Gregory.

The Deacon and the Mother-in-Law
star
6.50
2 votes

#4 - The Deacon and the Mother-in-Law

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/27/1990

Frye entertains Reuben's mother in Atlantic City.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
The Psychic (1)
star
6.50
2 votes

#5 - The Psychic (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/11/1989

The Deacon and Thelma seek advice from a client whose psychic powers came from a bump on the head.

Directors: Bill Foster
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The Roast
star
6.50
2 votes

#6 - The Roast

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/13/1990

Deacon Frye is the subject of an honorary roast.

The Deacon vs. the US Army
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6.50
2 votes

#7 - The Deacon vs. the US Army

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/6/1990

Frye defends Thelma in court-martial proceedings.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Sergeant in Arms
star
6.50
2 votes

#8 - Sergeant in Arms

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/6/1989

Fearing he's lost Thelma to Sgt. Burke, Rev. Gregory puts up a fight when she comes home on a weekend pass with the sergeant in tow.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
You're in the Army Now (1)
star
6.50
2 votes

#9 - You're in the Army Now (1)

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/25/1989

Thelma joins the Army, intending to become one lean, mean fighting machine.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Thelma Says, I Do
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6.50
2 votes

#10 - Thelma Says, I Do

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1989

Everything goes wrong that could possibly go wrong on Thelma's wedding day; the wrong wedding dress is delivered to the house and Rev. Gregory comes down with wedding-day jitters.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Don't Rain on My Shower
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6.50
2 votes

#11 - Don't Rain on My Shower

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/1989

Thelma goes overboard at her bridal shower to impress her high school nemesis with reports that she's living the good life.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
TV or Not TV
star
6.50
2 votes

#12 - TV or Not TV

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/4/1989

As the congregation prepares for a TV appearance showcasing Sunday services, a street gang terrorizes the neighborhood and threatens to stop Rev. Gregory from delivering his sermon.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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Witness for the Defense
star
6.50
2 votes

#13 - Witness for the Defense

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/28/1989

Frye gets his first big murder case.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Who Am I?
star
6.50
2 votes

#14 - Who Am I?

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/21/1989

After tripping and falling during a fishing trip, Thelma looses her memory and can't remember who she is. She can't remeber that the Deacon is her father, and she forgets that she is in love with Ruben. To compensate, she takes on new personality and begins dating another man.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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Where There's a Will
star
6.50
2 votes

#15 - Where There's a Will

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/30/1989

The Deacon's estranged father-in-law, who once disowned the Fryes, lies on his deathbed and tries to reconcile with the Deacon by leaving him an inheritance. But all bets are off when Grandpa Tillman begins to recover.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Marty Nadler
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The Engagement
star
6.50
2 votes

#16 - The Engagement

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/23/1989

Nobody in the First Community Church can keep a secret. When word gets out that Ruben is about to propose marriage to Thelma, the whole congregation drops what they were doing, and shows up at the church to witness the blessed event. But when the deadline comes and goes, and Rev Gregory doesnt make his move, everyone wonders if it will ever happen.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
star
6.50
2 votes

#17 - A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/22/1989

The Reverend, Dea Frye, and Rollie try to talk a young man into going to college, and try to give him examples of what their lives would have been like had they not gone to college themselves.

Sing, Sister, Sing
star
6.50
2 votes

#18 - Sing, Sister, Sing

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/15/1989

A record producer wants to make a star out of Amelia, so the Deacon appoints himself her manager and books her in a club, so the producer can hear her sing. But not being an experienced manager, deacon Frye never checked out the kind of club he booked her into. It turns out the club is a dive that features strippers and women mud wrestlers.

Directors: Bill Foster
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First Community Talent Show
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6.50
2 votes

#19 - First Community Talent Show

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/1/1989

Church members perform in a charity show. Songs include ""Triplets,"" ""Sonny Boy,"" ""I Remember It Well,"" ""Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,"" ""Livin' in America,"" and ""Amen."" Easter Seals poster child Joy Hall appears.

Career Girl
star
6.50
2 votes

#20 - Career Girl

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/18/1989

Tired of waiting for Rev. Gregory to marry her, Thelma decides to embark on a marketing career.

Directors: J.D. Lobue
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Nothing but the Truth
star
6.50
2 votes

#21 - Nothing but the Truth

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/4/1989

Rev. Gregory's mother comes to town for a visit, and is smitten by the deacon's charms. So much so, that they get caught in a compromising situation with her taking the deacon's pants off. On the other hand, she disapproves of Thelma because of her large bone structure.

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The Psychic (2)
star
6.50
2 votes

#22 - The Psychic (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/18/1989

Rev. Gregory looks for a way to convince Thelma that Tanya's prediction is bunk, while Thelma goes on an eating binge and Tanya dons a wedding gown. (Part 2 of 2)

Directors: Bill Foster
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Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine
star
6.50
2 votes

#23 - Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/14/1989

Everyone thinks Thelma needs help holding on to her man when the svelte ex-fiance of the Reverend's, Maxine Varnay, comes to Philadelphia and makes a beeline for the Reverend, intending to rekindle a love affair.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
The Deacon's Slam Dunk
star
6.50
2 votes

#24 - The Deacon's Slam Dunk

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/9/1991

Frye and Ruben both try to intervene when the Deacon's pro basketball player client, wants to marry Amelia and move to Italy. Will Love intervene instead and short-circuit the deacon's plans?

Directors: John Sgueglia
Writer: Bill Streib
Deliverance (2)
star
6.50
2 votes

#25 - Deliverance (2)

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/11/1991

Appearances by James Brown and Lloyd Price aren't the only surprises during a telethon to save the church: Thelma delivers a baby boy. (Part 2 of 2) Her delivery overdue, Thelma attends a telethon.

Directors: John Sgueglia
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