Jul 25, 2012

There are certain television sitcoms, that long after they go off the air, remain in the African American zeitgeist.  These shows are comprised of such iconic series as The Cosby Show, Good Times, Sanford and Son, What's Happening, Different World, Amen, and Martin.  Along with these shows stood another iconic and groundbreaking series (which just so happened to have the greatest theme song every to grace a television show) called The Jeffersons.

Sherman Hemsley, a gifted actor from Philly, led the mostly black cast of The Jeffersons playing family patriarch George Jefferson.  The show was spin off from another popular series called All in the Family which featured another very popular character by the name of Archie Bunker.

The Jeffersons centered around an affluent African American family that moved from Queens to the Upper East of New York after George's dry cleaning business became very successful.  The show tackled racism and other social issues of the time.

On Tuesday, Hemsley was found dead in his El Paso, Texas home.  The cause of death is still pending.

Hemsley was 74 at the time of his death.

R.I.P. Mr. Hemsley.  You truly are an American icon and you shall be remembered forever!
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