That initial episode — in which the Bunkers wind up hosting a good-bye party for Henry Jefferson, who is moving out of their Queens neighborhood to start his own business — segued nicely into the first episode of The Jeffersons , in which George, played with appropriate Sherman Hemsley peacockiness by Jamie Foxx, insists that his wife Louise Wanda Sykes hire a maid, a decision that makes Louise or, Weezy , still adjusting to their new status as wealthy people, uncomfortable.
The Jeffersons was the slightly more entertaining effort because the dialogue and pacing had a bit more zip and all of the actors seemed to slide into their roles more comfortably. Watching all of this unfold live injected a sense of energy into the whole exercise.
- All in the Family.
- In the Steps of the Master!
- Breaking News.
- ABC To Repeat Performance Of Norman Lear Sitcoms ‘All In The Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons’.
- The Trumpet Collection: Compositions and Transcriptions of Bernard Fitzgerald for Trumpet and Piano;
- Encyclopedic Dictionary of AIDS-Related Terminology.
That screw-up and the subsequent attempt to get the scene back on track gave Live In Front of a Studio Audience the flavor of another great comedy from the same era: The Carol Burnett Show. One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching this staged bit of time travel was gauging which actor did the best job of capturing the original performance. Even if it is a blatant nostalgia play, bringing some old TV history into the present seems like a smart move for ABC — and a reason for the rest of us to actually watch live network television for a change.
Already a subscriber?
The Best Netflix Originals of 12222
Log in or link your magazine subscription. Info Print Cite.
Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History.
Read More on This Topic. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.
The widely viewed show played their rivalry for laughs and used it to explore some of the most divisive issues of…. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox! By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice.