Monday, December 7 2009
This episode was played really well -- and played pretty close to the race line. Neither have iconic images as old as the archetypical bi-racial character in Imitation of Life, the 1959 classic with the tragic mulatto, nor has the sheer election of Barack Obama pressed Americans to tackle the race question head on. In the thick of those two eras stands a time when television seemed to have more gall around "difference".
Monday, June 2 2003
On occasion, The Jeffersons made some attempt to offer social commentary, but it was difficult for a show so laden with crude humor to suddenly get serious.
Thursday, September 12 2002
The first 13 episodes of 'The Jeffersons', collected on Columbia's new DVD, reveal why the show was not, after all, another 'All in the Family': its comedy was too broad to be taken seriously.