Running for ten years, 11 seasons and 253 episodes, The Jeffersons is among the longest-lasting sitcoms of all time. The All in the Family spin-off centered on the titular couple and their move to an upscale new home in Manhattan, while the show itself broke new ground with its principally black cast, its depiction of interracial marriage and its occasional coverage of tough issues. Here are 20 things that you might not know about the CBS show, though.
20. The network tried to edit out the show’s first interracial kiss
Tom and Helen Willis – played by Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker, respectively – made headlines when they became one of the inaugural interracial couples to ever appear on a TV show. But, sadly, not everyone behind the scenes was comfortable with their relationship. Numerous CBS executives, for example, wanted Tom and Helen’s first kiss to be removed from broadcast. Thankfully, though, executive producer Fred Silverman stood firm, and the smooch stayed in.