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Old 03-27-2012, 08:21 PM
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While the Jeffersons has not sold well on DVD and doesn't get a lot of viewers on Cable, the 3 black shows below have all seasons on DVD and have done well in syndication.

Sanford and Son
Good Times
What's Happening

Especially Good Times, I mean this is a depressing comedy about a family who can't catch a break and always struggling to make ends meet. The father can't find a job and you never see the family have any good luck.


On the Flipside, the Jeffersons is a fun comedy where the family is not struggling and there are no serious or depressing episodes at all. Yeah the father has a temper but all the other characters are likable and the show lasted a lot longer than all the others but can't seem to find a audience on cable.

Jeffersons-lasted 10 years
Good Times-6 years
Sanford and Son-5 years
What's Happening-3 years


Is the Jeffersons ever going to get any love? It's not a topical show at all and almost every episode is fun to watch unlike Good Times which dealt with suicide, drugs, unemployment, gangs, and death...even on the set. I just don't understand,


BTW: Sanford and Son and What's Happening were fun shows too and not serious like GOOD TIMES.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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So, people should enjoy mindless, uncontroversial pap that resonated little with the average viewer?

Good Times was a heavy show. As much a social commentary as entertainment. Sure it was depressing and corny (as was much of the 70s :-) but it had a message that can resonate to the present day.

What did the Jefferson's have? "Shut up, 'Ouisie!" and then Mr. Jefferson prancing and strutting about like a tit while his insanely dull and stereotyped neighbors looked on? No, thanks.

Of the 'simple' Black sitcoms, What's Happenin' was the best. Especially the one where Rerun illegally tapes the Doobie Brothers concert. OK, it was dumb, but it was about young folks back when I was, too. :-)

Maybe if I lived in a DE-luxe apartment in the sky back then I would have liked the Jeffersons, instead I was just burnin' a bean on the grill.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:30 PM
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So, people should enjoy mindless, uncontroversial pap that resonated little with the average viewer?

Good Times was a heavy show. As much a social commentary as entertainment. Sure it was depressing and corny (as was much of the 70s :-) but it had a message that can resonate to the present day.

What did the Jefferson's have? "Shut up, 'Ouisie!" and then Mr. Jefferson prancing and strutting about like a tit while his insanely dull and stereotyped neighbors looked on? No, thanks.

Of the 'simple' Black sitcoms, What's Happenin' was the best. Especially the one where Rerun illegally tapes the Doobie Brothers concert. OK, it was dumb, but it was about young folks back when I was, too. :-)

Maybe if I lived in a DE-luxe apartment in the sky back then I would have liked the Jeffersons, instead I was just burnin' a bean on the grill.

What does residence have to do with your choice of programming? I never lived in the projects but watched good times, I never worked at a junkyard but watched sanford and son, and I didn't live in a deluxe apartment but watched and enjoyed the jeffersons.


BTW: It's "weezy" not Ouise
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:23 AM
 
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BTW: It's "weezy" not Ouise
Pronounced "weezy" it was spelled, "Ouise" which was short for "Louise".
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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Hey, did you know Good Times was a spin off from Maude?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Hey, did you know Good Times was a spin off from Maude?

Yes. Florida was Maude's maid.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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Yes. Florida was Maude's maid.

yes, Florida was the maid.

When I see Good Times now, I don't like it at all. I did watch it back then, Our family was not into "Happy Day's" so we watched Good Times

I hated Sanford and Son back then, and I still hate it now.

Loved the Jefferson's, now and then and forever!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:02 PM
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yes, Florida was the maid.

When I see Good Times now, I don't like it at all. I did watch it back then, Our family was not into "Happy Day's" so we watched Good Times

I hated Sanford and Son back then, and I still hate it now.

Loved the Jefferson's, now and then and forever!!

Happy Days was responsible for Good Times being moved to another timeslot because it became so popular on Tuesdays at 8pm. Once Good times moved to Wednesday nights it never recovered.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:04 PM
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Hey, did you know Good Times was a spin off from Maude?
No it was not a spinoff of Maude.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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No it was not a spinoff of Maude.
Most TV sitcom "historians" (and Norman Lear himself) disagree with you.
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