‘The Jeffersons’ Will Be Returning For A One-Night Only Special

Contributed by Nia Seaton

For one-night only,  the long running sitcom The Jeffersons will be returning for a tribute to TV classics.  All in the Family will also appear. The Jeffersons is one of the longest running sitcoms and the second longest running American series with a predominantly African American cast. It first aired on January 18, 1975.

Jimmy Kimmel will honor the iconic sitcoms, The Jeffersons and All in the Family in a new TV Special that will air in May. This one-night special will feature a live broadcast with new stars in the roles we loved watching.

The famous 70s sitcom, a spin-off of All in the Family, followed a Black couple “who moved on up” to the East Side of Manhattan from Queens after the success of George’s dry cleaning chain. The show broke many barriers in mainstream TV in the 70s. This show was the first to feature a married interracial couple on screen.

Jaime Foxx and Wanda Sykes will be taking the roles of George and Weezy in the upcoming special. These roles were previously enacted by Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford.

The live, 90-minute special will air May 22 on ABC. Kimmel will co-host, with Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux as executive producers. This event will highlight the pioneers in television and show how far we’ve come in the TV industry.