Here's a Nostalgic Behind-The-Scenes Look at 'The Jeffersons' Revival

Monica Otayza
May 24, 2019
11:52 A.M.

The classic sitcom "The Jeffersons" got a one-day live revival, and new behind-the-scenes photos bring back absolute nostalgia from when it first aired.


Thanks to ABC, there will be a live revival of "The Jeffersons." It began with Jennifer Hudson singing the show's iconic theme song, "Movin' On Up."


One Night Only

ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience feature starred Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson, Wanda Sykes, Kerry Washington, Jackee Harry, and saw a surprise appearance from original "The Jeffersons" cast member, Marla Gibbs.

Aside from "The Jeffersons," the big night also includes a live special of "All In The Family," which is why the whole thing was named "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons."


The special one-day play aired last Wednesday night and was well-received by many.

The Iconic Sitcom

The '70s sitcom was such a hit, that it was the undisputed favorite on American television for 11 seasons. Now, people of another generation can experience what their parents or grandparents enjoyed at the time, this time through producers Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel.


"The Jeffersons," a spin-off of Norman Lear production "All In The Family," features the lives of George and Weezie, a black couple who moved from Queens to the privileged East Side of Manhattan after his dry-cleaning business succeeded.


Jamie Foxx and Wanda Skyes were hired to play the sitcom's main characters, initially portrayed by the late Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford.


Lear, the original mastermind behind the two shows, says that people have told him that the generation gap between when it was first made and today would not make it successful. However, he believes that it is still highly relevant up until today.

“They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the '70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature.”

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