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The Jeffersons: Season 3
The Jeffersons Season 3 DVD cover
The Jeffersons Season 3 DVD cover.
Program information
Episodes aired:
24
Dates aired:
September 25, 1976 - April 11, 1977
Network/Country:
CBS-TV / United States
Previous Season: Season 2
Next Season: Season 4


The Jeffersons: Season 3Edit

A total of 24 episodes of The Jeffersons aired on CBS-TV during Season 3, from September 25, 1976 to the season's conclusion on April 11, 1977.

Season summaryEdit

in the show's third season, the divide between characters who invite stories centered on them, namely being George, Louise, Florence, Tom, and Helen, and all the other characters who appear during the season begins to grow wider, as the show begins to rely more on this group almost entirely.

In the season opener, "George and the President", Geroge Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) takes up flying, wife Weezy (Isabel Sanford) struggles to keep her cool around Mother Jefferson (Zara Cully), as part-time maid Florence (Marla Gibbs) moves into Lione's old room, becoming a live-in-maid, much to the chagrin of George.

Son Lionel (Damon Evans) marries Jenny Willis, (Berlinda Tolbert) the daughter of the next-door-neighbors, interracial couple Helen and Tom Willis (Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover). Good-natured but somewhat eccentric neighbor Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict) lands himself in jail after punching out a police officer in the episode "Bentley's Problem" (#14).

Series overviewEdit

Seasons Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18) April 12, 1975 (1975-04-12)
2 24 September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13) March 6, 1976 (1976-03-06)
3 24 September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) April 11, 1977 (1977-04-11)
4 26 September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24) March 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)
5 24 September 20, 1978 (1978-09-20) April 18, 1979 (1979-04-18)
6 24 September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23) April 13, 1980 (1980-04-13)
7 20 November 2, 1980 (1980-11-02) March 29, 1981 (1981-03-29)
8 25 October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04) May 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
9 27 September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26) May 1, 1983 (1983-05-01)
10 22 October 2, 1983 (1983-10-02) May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06)
11 24 October 14, 1984 (1984-10-14) July 2, 1985 (1985-07-02)


Season 3 (1976/77)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
George-Image Needed 38 1 "George and the President" Jack Shea Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein September 25, 1976 3.1 / 302
Jealous over the advertising success of a competitor, George comes up with his own campaign, dressing up in colonial clothes and claiming to be Thomas Jefferson's great-great-great grandson. 
George-Image Needed 39 2 "Louise Gets Her Way" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell October 2, 1976 3.2 / 303
George can hardly stand Florence once a week, so when Louise offers to hire her on as their live-in maid, he really hits the roof. 
George-Image Needed 40 3 "Louise Suspects" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell October 9, 1976 3.3 / 301
When George tries to cover up the fact that he's opening another store, he becomes overjoyed when Louise suspects him of having an affair with another woman. 
George-Image Needed 41 4 "The Lie Detector" Jack Shea Tedd Anasti & David Talisman October 16, 1976 3.4 / 304
Lionel's principles could cost him his job and the respect of his father when he quits his job after being forced to take a lie detector test on his first day at work. 
George-Image Needed 42 5 "George's Diploma" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell October 23, 1976 3.5 / 307
George's embarrassment at never finishing high school gets even bigger when Lionel tells his highly-educated colleagues at work that George is a graduate of Harvard. 
George-Image Needed 43 6 "The Retirement Party" Jack Shea Dixie Brown Grossman October 30, 1976 3.6 / 305
George must decide between gratitude and greed when he is offered a fortune to sell his business, but knows that doing so would mean selling out one of his oldest friends. 
George-Image Needed 44 7 "Lionel's Pad" Jack Shea Kurt Taylor & Booker Bradshaw November 10, 1976 3.7 / 306
When Lionel decides to move into his own apartment, Louise and George are not too happy, but when they find out who Lionel's roommate will be, they really lose their cool. 
George-Image Needed 45 8 "Tom the Hero" Jack Shea Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan November 17, 1976 3.8 / 309
Tom's quick thinking saves George's life, but George's gratitude soon sours when he realizes that now he is in Tom's debt. 
George-Image Needed 46 9 "Jenny's Discovery" Jack Shea Bob Baublitz November 24, 1976 3.9 / 310
Jenny's pre-marital jitters and doubts about her love for Lionel are quickly dispelled when she thinks he's been in a bus crash. 
George-Image Needed 47 10 "The Agreement" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell December 8, 1976 3.10 / 308
George's suggestion of a prenuptial agreement causes friction between Jenny and Lionel - and George is loving every minute of it. 
George-Image Needed 48 11 "Florence in Love" Jack Shea Teleplay by: Richard Freeman & Stephen Young
Story by: Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstoff
December 15, 1976 3.11 / 311
Furious when the Jeffersons forbid her to let her boyfriend stay overnight, Florence quits her job - to the distress of Louise and the delight of George. 
George-Image Needed 49 12 "The Christmas Wedding" Jack Shea Mike Milligan & Jay Moriarty December 22, 1976 3.12 / 313
Peace and goodwill are the first holiday casualties when the Jeffersons and the Willises get into a Christmas Eve spat over Lionel and Jenny's wedding. 
George-Image Needed 50 13 "Louise Forgets" Jack Shea Bill Davenport January 5, 1977 3.13 / 312
Louise takes a course to improve her memory, Florence takes a course in judo, and they both nearly wipe George out. 
George-Image Needed 51 14 "Bentley's Problem" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell January 12, 1977 3.14 / 315
Neighbor Harry Bentley takes George's advice in order to solve a problem and winds up locked away in jail. 
George-Image Needed 52 15 "Jefferson Airplane" Jack Shea Dixie Brown Grossman January 17, 1977 3.15 / 316

Louise talks the hard-working George into finding a hobby for relaxation, but the hobby he chooses is flying, which only makes them both nervous wrecks.

Note: This show now moves to Monday nights. 

George-Image Needed 53 16 "George's Guilt" Jack Shea Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan January 24, 1977 3.16 / 314
Louise can't believe what she's seeing and Florence can't believe what is happening to her when George holds a reunion of his old street gang and starts acting like a kid again. 
George-Image Needed 54 17 "A Case of Black and White" Jack Shea Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs, Lloyd Turner and Gordon Mitchell January 31, 1977 3.17 / 317
George is forced to wait hand and foot on his maid and his doorman in order to save a big business deal. 
George-Image Needed 55 18 "Louise vs. Jenny" Jack Shea John Ashby February 7, 1977 3.18 / 318
The trouble with being a mother-in-law is that you start acting like one - that's the lesson Louise learns the hard way when she and Jenny start fighting over Lionel. 
George-Image Needed 56 19 "The Marriage Counselors" Jack Shea John V. Hanrahan February 21, 1977 3.19 / 320
The Willis's formula for improving their marriage almost splits the Jeffersons. 
George-Image Needed 57 20 "Louise's Friend" Jack Shea

Teleplay by: Richard Freeman, Stephen Young, Jay Moriarty and Mike Milligan

Story by: Richard Freeman & Stephen Young

February 28, 1977 3.20 / 319
A little "oo-là-là" turns into "O no you don't" when George finds out Louise's new friend from French class is a man. 
George-Image Needed 58 21 "The Old Flame" Jack Shea Jay Moriarty & Mike Freeman March 7, 1977 3.21 / 321
Mother Jefferson stirs up trouble when she invites one of George's former girlfriends to the house for dinner, and George soon finds out there are still dangerous sparks in his old flame. 
George-Image Needed 59 22 "Jenny's Opportunity" Jack Shea

Teleplay by: Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell
Story by: Paul M. Belous & Robert Wolterstoff

March 21, 1977 3.22 / 322
Is it right for a newlywed wife to leave her husband and go to England for three months? Jenny says yes; Lionel says no. 
George-Image Needed 60 23 "George the Philanthropist" Jack Shea Dennis Koenig & Larry Balmagia March 28, 1977 3.23 / 323
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-Image Needed 61 24 "Louise's Physical" Jack Shea Lloyd Turner, Gordon Mitchell, Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan April 11, 1977 3.24 / 324
When Louise's sudden feelings of worthlessness threaten to ruin her surprise party, George orders her to have a happy birthday, whether she likes it or not.