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Old 03-27-2012, 06:57 PM
 
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The Sherman Helmsley character(George) was a bit put on and contrived compared to the Mel Stewart character (Henry)who was more down to earth and believable. I think the Helmsley character HAD to be that way to match Archie's absurdity whereas the Mel Stewart character was smarter and brighter and less ignorant than Archie and George
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:04 PM
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The Sherman Helmsley character(George) was a bit put on and contrived compared to the Mel Stewart character (Henry)who was more down to earth and believable. I think the Helmsley character HAD to be that way to match Archie's absurdity whereas the Mel Stewart character was smarter and brighter and less ignorant than Archie and George
So why wasn't George Jefferson believable?
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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The "enlightened" Maude was just stubborn. Archie had an excuse for his built-in bigotry. He was an ignorant self-made man with only a high school education.
Actually he didn't even have that. He was a high school dropout, but if I remember correctly he did eventually get a GED so he could get a promotion at work.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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So why wasn't George Jefferson believable?
The George Jefferson character was a buffoon, acting in a child-like manner, which, to me, conflicts with his image as a successful businessman.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Actually he didn't even have that. He was a high school dropout, but if I remember correctly he did eventually get a GED so he could get a promotion at work.
And the kids used to tease him all the time. His family was poor so they couldn't afford to buy him a new pair of shoes when one of them became unwearable. So, he had to wear a shoe and an old boot. The kids called him Shoebootie. Until they figured out his name was Archibald, which they thought was funnier.

Plus, his dad seems to have been abusive. He used to lock Arch in the closet to teach him to "do good".
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:21 PM
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The George Jefferson character was a buffoon, acting in a child-like manner, which, to me, conflicts with his image as a successful businessman.
The other 3 black shows had buffoon characters too

Sanford and Son........"Grady"

Good Times................"J.J"

What's Happening.........."Rerun"


So tell me what you really mean? Why are those bufoons accepted and not Mr. Jefferson?
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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The other 3 black shows had buffoon characters too

Sanford and Son........"Grady"

Good Times................"J.J"

What's Happening.........."Rerun"


So tell me what you really mean? Why are those bufoons accepted and not Mr. Jefferson?
Why don't you read my entire sentence?
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:25 PM
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Why don't you read my entire sentence?
Disregard my post, I thought I was responding to another topic I started
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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The other 3 black shows had buffoon characters too

Sanford and Son........"Grady"

Good Times................"J.J"

What's Happening.........."Rerun"


So tell me what you really mean? Why are those bufoons accepted and not Mr. Jefferson?
Grady had early onset of Alzheimer's. Rerun was supposed to be an idiot and J.J. was supposed to be a jive talking teenager in the ghetto.

George was the main character of the show. He was a grown man with an adult child, so he had to be in his 50s. He owned a chain of successful dry cleaners. I think we should expect a person like that to display a little more maturity than he did. He would always stomp around and scream if he didn't get his way.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:41 PM
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Grady had early onset of Alzheimer's. Rerun was supposed to be an idiot and J.J. was supposed to be a jive talking teenager in the ghetto.

George was the main character of the show. He was a grown man with an adult child, so he had to be in his 50s. He owned a chain of successful dry cleaners. I think we should expect a person like that to display a little more maturity than he did. He would always stomp around and scream if he didn't get his way.
Well he had a short temper and would slam doors every once in a while-lol


BTW: Did you used to be on a site called SitcomsOnline.Com?
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