The Best Episodes of The Jeffersons

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

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.

Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner (2)

#1 - Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner (2)

Season 9 - Episode 9

The novelists try to solve the apparent "real" murder with George trying his best to solve it as well. When it is determind that the victim, Edgar, was poisoned the crew deduces that the Duchess did it, however in the end George discovers the real culprit.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Jerry Perzigian, Don Seigel, David W. Duclon, Ron Leavitt
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They Don't Make Preachers Like Him Anymore

#2 - They Don't Make Preachers Like Him Anymore

Season 11 - Episode 7

Florence is all excited since her and her church choir are going to Ohio for a competition. However, Florence loses her faith in God when the Reverend steals the money they needed to enter the competition.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Michael Moye
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Poetic Justice

#3 - Poetic Justice

Season 9 - Episode 11

Louise discovers some old poems the George once wrote and has them bound in a book. However, in order to get it bound she must order a number of copies, copies which get circulated around to those living in the building. George is furious however his attitude changes when a publisher takes an interest in his poems.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Dianne Messina, Lou Messina
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How Not to Marry a Millionaire

#4 - How Not to Marry a Millionaire

Season 10 - Episode 5

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
2 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Kim Weiskopf
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George's Old Girl Friend

#5 - George's Old Girl Friend

Season 10 - Episode 20

Louise finds a perfume soaked letter in the mail to George from an old girlfriend. After a discussion, Louise decides to allow him to meet with her, which turns out to be a big mistake. Almost as soon as she arrives, she pulls a gun on him with intent to kill him.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Kurt Taylor
Designing Woman

#6 - Designing Woman

Season 9 - Episode 23

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
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The Good Life

#7 - The Good Life

Season 9 - Episode 20

The good life is striking everyone, George has hit success with the stocks allowing Louise to get a ring she wanted, Tom has just gotten a new client and Helen has just been pampered at a spa where she met famous celebrities. Wanting in on the "good life" Florence shells out enough money to go to the spa wanting to meet celebrities and unknowingly runs into Gladys Knight.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Michael Moye
Mr. Clean

#8 - Mr. Clean

Season 9 - Episode 19

One evening while playing poker, George and his buddies make a mess of the living room throwing food all over. This prompts Florence to stay up all night cleaning up after George's mess which is why she is exhausted the next morning. This leads George to make a bet with Florence stating that he can do in three hours what she does in a day.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Carole Olson, Marita Epp
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My Girl, Louise

#9 - My Girl, Louise

Season 9 - Episode 16

With the Help Center on its last legs, Louise and Helen desperately try to find someone who could make a sizeable donation to keep the Help Center going. This prompts Louise to go to her ex-employer, Lillian Warren, whom Louise worked for as a maid and who treated her like a piece of furniture.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Sandy Sprung, Marcy Vosburgh
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My Wife, I Think I'll Keep Her

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

Season 8 - Episode 18

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: Peter Casey, David Lee
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A Case of Self-Defense

#11 - A Case of Self-Defense

Season 8 - Episode 17

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 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Joyce Gittlin, Jeffrey Richman
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Men of the Cloth

#12 - Men of the Cloth

Season 8 - Episode 16

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
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Blazing Jeffersons

#13 - Blazing Jeffersons

Season 8 - Episode 15

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: Jerry Perzigian, Don Seigel, Peter Casey, David Lee
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The Other Woman

#14 - The Other Woman

Season 5 - Episode 18

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 8.67
6 votes
Writers: Jerry Perzigian, Don Seigel
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Thammy the Thongwriter

#15 - Thammy the Thongwriter

Season 8 - Episode 12

George and Louise receive a post card from Harry, who's been transfered out of the country. Soon after, they meet the man who's moving into Harry's old apartment, a jingle writer whom George tries to get to write a jingle for his business. However, jingles are far from his mind, since he's having marital problems.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: David W. Duclon, Ron Leavitt
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Homecoming (2)

#16 - Homecoming (2)

Season 5 - Episode 3

Alan moves in with the Jeffersons and George continues efforts to get the warehouse for himself. Meanwhile, battles with the landlord prompt Louise and Helen to try to find a better place for the Help Center.

star 8.50
8 votes
Writers: Paul M. Belous, Robert Wolterstorff, Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
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How Now Dow Jones

#17 - How Now Dow Jones

Season 9 - Episode 12

George's investment advice for Tom proves fruitful and puts Helen in a fur coat. This prompts Florence to want to make some money so she asks George for advice. However, since she doesn't have enough money for investing, he suggests she go in on the venture with the other maids in the building. The results of the ordeal prove to be less that satisfying, for George anyway.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Peter Casey, David Lee
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The Loan

#18 - The Loan

Season 6 - Episode 21

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 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Peter Casey, David Lee
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Mr. Wonderful

#19 - Mr. Wonderful

Season 9 - Episode 15

George forgets to pick up opera tickets and this leads to Louise and Helen comparing him to the "thoughful" Tom. A miffed George spills the beans about Tom buying an insurance policy and has made a cousin the beneficiary, a cousin who is a racist and is against Tom and Helen's marriage.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Bob Lally
Writers: Jerry Perzigian, Don Seigel
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George's Guilt

#20 - George's Guilt

Season 3 - Episode 16

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 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
George's Dream

#21 - George's Dream

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 8.45
11 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Bob Baublitz
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Half a Brother

#22 - Half a Brother

Season 5 - Episode 8

George is being considered for a position on a bank's board of directors and when a banker comes over to interview him, Alan and the banker's daughter hit it off. This leads George to worry that because Alan is half black this will jeopardize his chances of getting the position.

star 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Bob Baublitz
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A Case of Black and White

#23 - A Case of Black and White

Season 3 - Episode 17

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 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs, Lloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell
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The Christmas Wedding

#24 - The Christmas Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.33
12 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
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Harry's House Guest

#25 - Harry's House Guest

Season 5 - Episode 11

Harry practically moves into the Jefferson's apartment to avoid his annoying house guest, Felicia. George tries to help him out by giving him tips to throw her out but this results in Felicia thinking that Harry is proposing.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs
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