The BEST Episodes of The Jeffersons

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: CBS

A sitcom about a black couple "movin' on up" from a modest Queens neighborhood to deluxe apartment in Manhattan's ritzy East Side. The show was spun-off from "All in the Family" in 1975 and for the next 11 seasons, The Jeffersons lived among a kaleidoscope of characters, including their sassy maid Florence, a bizarre British neighbor named Bentley, and the Willises -- TV's first married couple in which one character was black and one was white. Like All in the Family, The Jeffersons had a bigoted, opinionated loud-mouth at its center: George Jefferson, who was constantly putting his foot in his mouth. The show tackled many serious issues, although comedy was the key element of its success.

Now You See It, Now You Don't (2)

#1 - Now You See It, Now You Don't (2)

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 1979

When the Killer Rabbit overhears Louise telling Harry what she saw through the telescope, he follows her to her apartment and waits until everyone leaves to confront her. The Killer Rabbit soon finds that killing Louise is not going to be an easy task with constant interruptions preventing him.

star 9.37
40 votes
Writers: David Lee, Peter Casey
My Wife, I Think I'll Keep Her

#2 - My Wife, I Think I'll Keep Her

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 7, 1982

Upset that their husbands do not feel they should be involved in business matters, Louise and Helen move in together leaving George and Tom to live together in the Jefferson apartment. All this prompted by George not consulting Louise about a commercial he was making and Tom's plans to go ahead publishing a book by written by a sexist.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: David Lee, Peter Casey
Designing Woman

#3 - Designing Woman

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 20, 1983

George is trying to drum up some cleaning business from a famous fashion designer, Camille Hendricks. George tricks Jenny into swinging by the apartment to meet her in order to show her some of her designs, however Jenny is unprepared for this unexpected surprise.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Ilene Cooper, Patrick Egan
Mission: Incredible (3)

#4 - Mission: Incredible (3)

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1983

Jimmy's cousin puts his plan into effect which includes getting Lloyd and Allan to believe that Los Angeles is going to be hit by a military attack from a neighboring country. However, the plan could be ruined when Louise, Helen and Florence arrive in Los Angeles.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Michael Moye
How Not to Marry a Millionaire

#5 - How Not to Marry a Millionaire

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1983

Florence and her friend, Betty go down to the museum in hopes of landing millionaires. Florence is surprised when a millionaire follows her home and begins showering her with expensive gifts. However, his true intentions prove to be extremely painful to Florence.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Kim Weiskopf
The Loan

#6 - The Loan

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 23, 1980

Lionel and Jenny are excited with the news that they're trying to purchase a home. However, when the bank turns down their loan application, George, Louise, Helen and Tom each go down to the bank to help them get one, after each promising not to interfere.

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: David Lee, Peter Casey
Blazing Jeffersons

#7 - Blazing Jeffersons

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 31, 1982

George is distraught when he learns that his Brooklyn store has burned down due to faulty wiring. However, Tom raises his spirits by reminding him that his insurance will cover it by taking to court the person responsible for the faulty wiring. Just then George remembers who put in the wiring, Lionel.

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: David Lee, Don Seigel, Jerry Perzigian, Peter Casey
Men of the Cloth

#8 - Men of the Cloth

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 7, 1982

For Jessica's baptism, Louise wants Florence and her gospel singing group to perform and Jenny agrees with her. However, George wants someone else and sets out to get Andrae Crouch to preform at the baptism, going so far as to say he is a reverend.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Michael Moye
A Case of Self-Defense

#9 - A Case of Self-Defense

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 1982

When Lionel and Jenny's apartment gets broken into, George begins to worry that his apartment could just as easily be broken into. His solution: buy a gun, something that Louise is totally against. However, George buys one on the sly and later proves to be a dangerous possession.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Jeffrey Richman, Joyce Gittlin
The Announcement

#10 - The Announcement

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1979

Lionel and Jenny after wonderful news, Jenny is pregnant, but they only share the news with Tom and Helen, reason being Lionel doesn't want George making jokes about what color the baby will be. However, when Florence overhears the news she accidentally lets slip to Louise and she in turn tells George which leads to yet another argument.

star 8.64
39 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
The First Store

#11 - The First Store

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 6, 1980

As Louise and George look through old photos, they recall George opening his first store in 1968. His opening coincides with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and when news of his death circulates, chaos erupts in the Jeffersons' neighborhood.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C

#12 - 984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 1977

It's the Christmas season and the 1st wedding anniversary of Lionel and Jenny. However, George is sneaking around sending gifts to a mysterious address in Harlem. This leads Louise to follow him and she is shocked at what she discovers.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: John Baskin, Roger Shulman
The Other Woman

#13 - The Other Woman

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 21, 1979

A business trip of Tom's sparks an argument between him and Helen which gets even worse when she discovers that a beautiful blond is accompanying him.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Don Seigel, Jerry Perzigian
What Makes Sammy Run?

#14 - What Makes Sammy Run?

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 1, 1984

Louise discovers that Sammy Davis, Jr. is renting the apartment across the hall in order to get some peace and quiet from his fans. However, an ecstatic Louise has a hard time keeping his secret a secret.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Tony Singletary
Writers: Sara V. Finney
The Christmas Wedding

#15 - The Christmas Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 22, 1976

Christmas eve brings disharmony to the Jefferson household when George argues with Tom over the preparations for Lionel and Jenny's wedding which is to take place that evening.

star 8.46
13 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
A Case of Black and White

#16 - A Case of Black and White

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 31, 1977

George's latest business deal is with a black man married to a white woman, so when he invites them over for dinner, he also has Tom and Helen come over, to make it look like he doesn't have racial prejudices. However, when Tom and Helen discover his plot, they storm out before the guests have arrived. This leads to George having Florence and Ralph impersonate Tom and Helen.

star 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Gordon Mitchell, Lloyd Turner, Seaman Jacobs
George's Guilt

#17 - George's Guilt

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 24, 1977

George feels guilty for not staying in touch with the members of a childhood gang, after the death of one of the members. This leads George to hold a reunion at the apartment which also leads to a confrontation with the leader, JoJo.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
George Meets Whittendale

#18 - George Meets Whittendale

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 14, 1976

George is excited that he's going to finally meet Mr. Whittendale, however a previous engagement with Harry could foil George's plans. Things get even worse for George when he becomes trapped in the bathroom with Tom and Helen.

star 8.22
18 votes
Brother Tom

#19 - Brother Tom

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 27, 1980

When two old friends of Helen's come for a visit, Tom feels like a "white" outsider in his own home. This prompts him to ask George to teach him how to act black.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Don Seigel, Jerry Perzigian
A Night to Remember

#20 - A Night to Remember

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 9, 1980

On their anniversary, George and Louise get into an argument over his honesty, this prompts George to storm out to a hotel and Louise is left to think about George's fidelity. Things get worse when she arrives at his hotel and discovers a young woman in his room.

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: David Lee, Peter Casey
George's Dream

#21 - George's Dream

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 1978

Workaholic George falls asleep in his office, one evening, and has a dream that takes him to the year 1996. In the dream, Louise is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of George's business, who isn't there celebrating, since he passed on a few years earlier.

star 8.17
41 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Bob Baublitz
Louise's Cookbook

#22 - Louise's Cookbook

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 7, 1976

Louise is offered the opportunity to write a cookbook for Tom's publishing company, Pelham Publishing. However, just as she gets started, a green-eyed George tries his best to put an end to her cookbook.

star 8.17
12 votes
Writers: Gordon Mitchell, Jay Moriarty, Lloyd Turner, Mike Milligan
George and the President

#23 - George and the President

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1976

George's rival in the dry cleaning business, Cunningham, is running a campaign due to the Bicentennial celebration. This prompts George to come up with his own campaign and decides to dress up as Thomas Jefferson to lure in new customers.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Howard Albrecht, Sol Weinstein
The Arrival (1)

#24 - The Arrival (1)

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 3, 1980

George and Louise are disappointed with the news that if Lionel gets the job that he's getting interviewed for, Jenny and him will have to move to Boston. Meanwhile, when Tom comes down with the flu, he can't take Jenny to her Lamaze class which prompts George to take her, but when the class is over and everyone has gone, George gets stuck there with Jenny, who has gone into labor.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Neil Lebowitz
The Arrival (2)

#25 - The Arrival (2)

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 10, 1980

George rushes Jenny to the hospital as she begins having contractions. Meanwhile, Lionel is offered the job in Boston, and returns from the interview to find out the news the Jenny has gone into labor. At the hospital, the family gathers and George begins to worry if the baby's skin color will be black or white.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Michael Moye