"George the Philanthropist"
Season 3, Episode 23
#60 in Series
Episode Information
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: March 28, 1977
Written by: Dennis Koenig & Larry Balmagia
Directed by: Jack Shea
Production code: 3.23 / 323
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George the Philanthropist was the 60th overall episode of The Jeffersons TV series, also the 23rd episode of Season 3. Directed by Jack Shea and written by Dennis Koenig and Larry Balmagia, the episode made its premiere on CBS-TV on March 28, 1977.


George's heart is in the right place, but for all the wrong reasons; his sudden generosity seems no more than a thinly-disguised attempt to beat out a competitor for the Black Businessman's Award.


George is in the running for the prestigious Black Businessman's Award, which he highly covets, and is out to beat a fierce competitor by pledging more to a charity than his competitors. He pledges his money to open up a youth center in Harlem, however, when he learns he lost, he plans to withdraw his pledge. Will he still make good on his pledge, and help the children in his old community, in spite of not winning the award? It remains to be seen...

  • Note: Ernest Harden, Jr., who later appears on the series in the recurring part as Marcus Henderson, makes his first appearance as Jason, a youth in the Harlem community where the Jeffersons used to live.

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