Jeffersons: the Complete First Season

Jeffersons: the Complete First Season

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Director: Jack Shea, Jack Shea

Cast: Jack Shea, Jack Shea

     
 

Fans of the classic TV series The Jeffersons, starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as George and Louise Jefferson, will be happy to see the first season on two DVDs in The Jeffersons: The Complete First Season. Each of these 13 episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full frame and include a few defects such as grain, dirt, and a tad bit of softness in the…  See more details below

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Fans of the classic TV series The Jeffersons, starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as George and Louise Jefferson, will be happy to see the first season on two DVDs in The Jeffersons: The Complete First Season. Each of these 13 episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full frame and include a few defects such as grain, dirt, and a tad bit of softness in the image. While the transfers may not be perfect, overall, each episode features solid colors and well-defined black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital sound in English and appear to be clean, if uniformly bland and flat. The range of each mix is focused only in the front speakers without any directional effects or surround sounds present. However, due to the age of the series, this can be overlooked since each mix is generally clear of any hiss or major distortion. Sadly, fans of this show will be sorely disappointed to see not a single extra feature available on this set, which means no one receives any insight into the making of the series.

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The Jeffersons Season 1 When George Jefferson was introduced as Archie Bunker’s neighbor on All in the Family in 1973, it created perhaps the most volcanic racial pairing since Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier took it on the lam in The Defiant Ones. Better still: This pairing was funny. George, a cantankerous, upwardly mobile African-American man, matched Archie bluster to bluster. Not surprisingly, producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin soon spun George (Sherman Hemsley) off into his own show, The Jeffersons, and followed his family’s social climb. George and his wife, Louise (Isabel Sanford), moved on up from Archie's Queens neighborhood into a "de-luxe apartment" in Manhattan, along with their son, Lionel (Mike Evans). George and "Weezy" hit their comedic stride in the very first episode and never looked back; while Marla Gibbs, as the Jefferson's irascible maid, Florence, stole scenes with abandon. In many ways, The Jeffersons followed All in the Family's lead as confrontational comedy. The show introduced Tom and Helen Willis, TV’s first interracial couple, and continually addressed issues of race and class in a humorous light. The Jeffersons was one of three of successful African-American comedies for Lear, who also developed Sanford and Son and Good Times. This handsome two-disc set collects the show’s 13 first-season episodes:
  • "A Friend in Need" -- Now that they're in their new high-rise apartment, George insists that Louise hire a maid, but she’s totally against the idea.
  • "George’s Family Tree" -- Tom and Helen Willis give Louise and George a piece of African art as a housewarming gift, which leads to a discussion of roots and prompts George to discover his own family tree.
  • "Louise Feels Useless" -- Louise is having a hard time getting used her new wealthy lifestyle and the boredom that comes along with it, so she tries to talk George into letting her go back to work.
  • "Lionel the Playboy" -- Lionel's new affluence and carefree attitude lead him to consider dropping out of college.
  • "Mr. Piano Man" -- George’s participation in a tenants' meeting becomes a nightmare when he reveals a hankering for a grand piano in his apartment.
  • "George’s Skeleton" -- An old friend of George's, Monk Davis, drops in after learning of George's newfound success.
  • "Lionel Cries Uncle" -- Louise’s Uncle Ward drops in for a visit; when George and Lionel find out that he’s a butler, they call him an "Uncle Tom."
  • "Mother Jefferson’s Boyfriend" -- George learns of Mother Jefferson's intention to get married and balks at the idea, thinking her fiancé is after the family's money.
  • "Rich Man’s Disease" -- A doctor says that George has an ulcer, and Louise tries to do everything to prevent George from becoming upset.
  • "Former Neighbors" -- George has a potential client coming over for dinner, and he’s afraid that Louise’s friends will embarrass him.
  • "Like Father, Like Son" -- Louise becomes concerned that Lionel is acting more and more like his father. Meanwhile, Tom and Helen are at odds when they back opposing candidates.
  • "Jenny’s Low" -- The Willis's globetrotting son surprises the family with a visit, and their daughter, Jenny, seems distinctly nonplussed.
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    Product Details

    Release Date:
    08/06/2002
    UPC:
    0043396094284
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Sony Pictures
    Region Code:
    1
    Sound:
    [monaural]
    Time:
    5:38:00

    Special Features

    Closed Caption; Two-disc set contains complete first season; Audio: English (mono) ; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Episode selections; Interactive menus

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