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The Jeffersons - The Complete Second Season (1975)

Isabel Sanford , Sherman Hemsley , Jack Shea  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Zara Cully
  • Directors: Jack Shea
  • Writers: Ann Gibbs, Arthur Marx, Bernard West, Bob Fisher, Calvin Kelly
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jeffersons - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

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  • 24 episodes on three discs

Editorial Reviews

Long before Bill Cosby started wearing his friendly sweaters, urban middle-class African Americans burst onto television in the form of Louise (better known as "Weezy") and George Jefferson, portrayed by Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley. Spun off from All in the Family, The Jeffersons ran from 1975 to 1985, and it's easy to see what made the show so popular--Sanford and Hemsley were a knockout comic duo, surrounded by a skilled supporting cast that included the interracial couple Helen and Tom Willis (Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover), British expatriate Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict), as well as George's cantankerous mother Olivia (Zara Cully) and their snappy, cynical maid Florence (Marla Gibbs).

Set in a high-rise apartment building in the heart of New York City, the show spun around George, a classic character portrait of vanity, arrogance, and petty prejudice. Balanced by the more level-headed but just as strong-willed Weezy, George's self-serving abrasiveness struck comic gold, particularly in the second season, when the show's style had been set but was still fresh. Episodes tackled subjects trivial (George and Tom wear the same tacky dinner jacket to a party) and trenchant (a country club invites George to join, but only so that a newspaper reporter will think the club is open to minorities). The black and white mix of the cast allowed for a sharply satirical take on race relations, which managed to have a genuine sense of hope while never glossing over the complexity of racial tension--and was consistently funny. In fact, it's striking how well the show's humor holds up; The Jeffersons turned a series of half-hour farces into a sly examination of marriage, race, class, and the battle of the sexes; it's sad that so few contemporary sitcoms have this kind of intelligence, courage, and sheer talent. --Bret Fetzer

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Beloved by fans and critics alike, this Emmy-award winning CBS series is one of the most highly rated and longest running sitcoms in TV history.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Now we're up in the big leagues!" August 8, 2003
There's a new Lionel and even more laughs and episodes with the hilarious second season of the Jeffersons! This is where the Jeffersons began to literally "move on up" both in writing and character development. In the second season, we not only get to know George & Weezie a lot better, but also the Willis', not to mention Mother Jefferson gets craftier, Bentley gets weirder, Florence gets sassier, and Ralph just gets more shameless! Another big change is Damon Evans replacing Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson. Damon brings something new to the role and makes it his own from the get go. He would play Lionel until 1978 after which Mike reclaimed the role. Memorable moments abound in this DVD set like when George & Tom wear the same dinner jacket, Weezy's daughter visits, Mother Jefferson fakes a nasty fall, Louis Gosset puts the moves on Weezy, Lionel dents the company van, George locked in the bathroom with the Willis', Lionel & Jenny break up, Florence might jump off the empire state building, Lionel gets drunk, Bentley goes out on a date, George dances on the bed, and much much more! Here's the episode titles:
Disc 1:
Dinner for Harry
George's first vacation
Louise's daughter
Harry & Daphne
Jefferson vs. Jefferson
Mother Jefferson's Fall
Movin' on down
Uncle Bertram
George won't talk
Disc Two:
George's best friend
Jenny's grandparents
George's alibi
George and the manager
Lunch with Mama
George vs. Wall Street
The break up, part 1
The break up, part 2
Florence's problem
Disc three:
Mother Jefferson's birthday
Louise's cookbook
George meets Whittendale
Lionel's problem
Tennis, anyone?
The Wedding
Don't be a weird dude or a jive turkey...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the black Archie Bunker June 9, 2003
Here are the episodes that aired between fall 1975 and spring 1976 on CBS. One that I loved was the two-part "The Break-Up",which is between the Jeffersons' son Lionel and Jenny,Tom and Helen Willis' daughter. ... The beauty of it is,Lionel and Jenny reconcile in part two. Also in that episode,the friendship between the Jeffersons and the Willises dissolves with their respective childrens' relationship. When Lionel and Jenny reconcile,the Jeffersons and the Willises become friends again. George does continue to refer to Tom,English neighbor Harry Bentley,landlord Mr. Whittendale(sorry,don't know his first name) and doorman Ralph Hart,occasionally seen as honkies. I think this is the season where Marla Gibbs joins the Jeffersons cast as Florence Johnston,the Jeffersons' maid. Also,Damon Evans resumes the role of Lionel,originally played by Mike Evans,who at this time served as a producer for Good Times which he had co-created. As for the Jeffersons' former residence,now occupied by Archie Bunker's daughter,Gloria Bunker Stivic and husband Mike, at this time they have become proud parents. The Jeffersons at this time were in the Nielsen Top 10.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I should have guessed when I read the back cover, that has 9 episodes per disc - apart from disc 3, which contains 6 episodes and promos I wouldn't care for one way or the other.

The insert lists all the titles, but they aren't differentiated by disc number. I own a number of Columbia titles, and this is the first time they skimped on the index insert.

The source material is very good looking. DVD compression is typical for Columbia releases (aka "fair").

The DVD audio on discs 1 and 2 is a vast improvement from the "remastering" done for their season 1 discs. Unfortunately, the audio for many of disc 3's episodes is muted and hard to listen too; too much audio being removed along with the background hiss during the cleanup process. Hopefully they'll fix the problem for free one day... Comparing overzealous 'cleaning' to leaving the original hiss present (see "All in the Family" season 5 DVD set), I'd prefer the hiss if I had to choose any imperfections (and for the money, I'd prefer a properly made release.)

And, as usual, no extras worth having either. They hype up that these shows made TV history, and yet they don't have any commentaries or extras that help tell us WHY it made history. (long time fans know, but I may as well tell you King William is a great guy but not bother to say WHY... there are numerous King Williams in history too...)

It's like Columbia doesn't care about its customers at times; but all and all there's not as much to complain about this time...

Regardless, core fans will love this show regardless and may as well spend the money. Like breadcrumbs to slaves, we're lucky to get the show released at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TV Classic! June 3, 2005
Nominated for 13 Emmys and 8 Golden Globes, The Jeffersons was a groundbreaking situation comedy that was not only utterly hilarious, but also explored the controversial social issues of its day. Premiering in mid-season 1975, the show was a spin-off of the #1 hit series All In The Family, where main characters George and Louise were the next-door neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. During its nine-season run, The Jeffersons spent all but its last season as a Top 25 Nielsen rated show. One of the first sitcoms to center exclusively around the lives of African-Americans, The Jeffersons most likely featured television's first interracial married couple in Tom and Helen Willis. It was this fearless attempt to push the boundaries of the status quo that made the show one of the funniest of its time as well as a valuable resource for American race relations...

The Jeffersons follows the lives of George (Sherman Hemsley) and Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford), a middle-aged African-American couple who own a string of successful dry cleaning stores. The windfall generated by their business paves the way for George and Louise to "move on up" into an exclusive Park Avenue apartment. The series is made by Hemsley's portrayal of the stubborn and greedy, yet quite lovable, character of George whose sarcasm and antics are only equaled by the Jeffersons' quick witted live-in maid Florence (Marla Gibbs). A supporting cast composed of omni-present neighbors Tom (Franklin Cover) and Helen Willis (Roxie Roker), the ever-polite Bentley (Paul Benedict), and a tip-grubbing doorman named Ralph (Ned Wertimer) provide for endless sources of irritation and annoyance for George.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
it was great my daughter just lovedit . It is hilareous
Published 11 days ago by Tom Reiter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Published 1 month ago by Jerry Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about The Jeffersons! They're Classic!
I love The Jeffersons and this is a wonderful set. You can just put it in and hit "play all" and get ready to laugh!
Published 5 months ago by C. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD - Old reminders
This was a gift for our daughter. She enjoyed Season One so much, just had to get her the second season for her birthday. She's enjoying the DVDs.
Published 5 months ago by JAM
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jeffersons
This is one of the best clean entertaining any one want to see ,it is good for every one buy it.
Published 5 months ago by john mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I still love this show, since there is not much of anything on tv now a days.....So glad I purchased the series
Published 6 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
I really enjoyed watching episodes I hadn't saw in years. A great reminder of some of the past great shows. A must see for those who like comedy. A great value.
Published 14 months ago by Shawn Morrow Renee Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jeffersons continue "Movin' On Up"
The laughs continue non-stop in this second season of the classic sitcom. Joining the cast this season is Damon Evans, who replaced Mike Evans (no relation) in the role of Lionel... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Hugaert
4.0 out of 5 stars Problem with Disc Two
It's was fine until my Disc Two was freezing and don't know why but the movie started over twice. Like the product just was some minor issues.
Published 16 months ago by Cutiere39
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY FUNNY SITCOM BUT...
I know it's been 11 years since the last review of the Jeffersons . I am just adding some facts about the sitcom that was missing from other reviews. Read more
Published 16 months ago by michael hardy
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