Very few shows had the longevity that The Jefferson’s did. Its eleven year run is one of the longest tenures for any sitcom in any decade. Season three was not one of the better seasons… as proved by TV ratings (24th in 1978). Who knows why ratings were not as good as most other seasons… You still get George’s shuffling, Weezie’s tirades, and now in season three we are introduced to Florence… the wise talking maid.
Season three did have its fair share of moments. Here is a brief season three syno…sis provided by Sony Pictures… “With an irresistible combination of biting social satire and pure hilarity, America’s funniest cast of characters are all on hand to deliver even more laughs: Geroge Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) takes up flying, wife Weezy (Isabel Sanford) struggles to keep her cool around Mother Jefferson (Zara Culley), maid Florence (Marla Gibbs) moved on in and starts trouble, son Lionel (Mike Evans) married the daughter of the next-door-neighbors, interracial couple Helen and Tom Willis (Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover), and neighbor Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict) lands himself in jail after punching out a police officer not to mention all the other wacky characters who shake things up in the “dee-luxe apartment in the sky.”
No surprises here… the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio looks very similar to the previous releases on DVD. The colors are expected dull, but the images are clean and free of most debris. For its age, this set looks pretty good… I have seen much worse transfers from source material from this decade.
As was the case for the video, the audio presentation on this set is very similar to the previous two seasons released on DVD of The Jeffersons. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio track is very simple, with decent quality in terms of dialog clarity. Not much more to say here… it is what it is.
All we get here is a few trailers… no surprise.
This is a good classic television series, which sort of hit a slump in Season 3. The content is still quite funny… and I can never get enough of George and his hilarious shuffling walk. The video and audio quality is good for its age… but, as you can imagine, it won’t blow you away. This set wont sell itself on quality, but if you are a fan of the show, this set is still worth picking up.
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