By Ricole L.Powell
Last night was definitely an iconic night in television history. Jimmy Kimmel enlisted A-list celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Anthony Anderson, Kerry Washington, Woody Harrelson,Wanda Skyes and Marisa Tomei to re-enact the groundbreaking 70’s sit-com classics, “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons” LIVE!
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Viewers nationwide set social media networks ablaze as they tuned in on Wednesday night to watch ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”.
For those of us who grew up in the 1970’s, and had the pleasure of being entertained by the genius of Norman Leir and the original cast members, we were so thrilled to witness a blast from the past. Thank you Jimmy Kimmel 🙏🏽.
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However, it was about to get better. No one saw this one coming. Our nostalgia climaxed when the legendary Marla Gibbs, the original actress who played the witty maid called “Florence” in “The Jeffersons”, reprised her role in the live TV special. This was a show stopper!This surprise appearance garnered huge positive reactions from fans in the live studio audience, as well as those online, who were happy to see her again. She and producer, Norman Leir, are the only surviving members of the original cast.
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Another memorable moment in the live special, was when Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx who played and perfected the character of “George Jefferson”, hilariously stumbled on his words and kind of went off script. He said,
“It’s live!Everyone sitting at home just thought their TV just messed up.”
Still, the fans didn’t seem to mind at all and the cast could be seen trying to hold back laughter at Foxx’s tongue-tie. Jamie did an amazing job reenacting the legendary “George Jefferson”. So did Wanda Skyes as his wife, “Weezy”.
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Fans were also delighted to see none other than singer, Jennifer Hudson, singing the opening theme song “Movin’ On Up” for the show. She was outstanding!
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Last night’s redux live special of two of the 70’s iconic sitcoms, was definitely a sentimental treat for those of all ages. It was also a reminder that we are still dealing with the same racial and social issues now as we did then.
We sure had fun watching…how about you guys?