9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Jeffersons
7. Abrupt Cancellation
When CBS abruptly cancelled the series, the cast was not notified until after the July 2, 1985 episode “Red Robins;” however, according to Sherman Hemsley, he found out about the show’s cancellation when he read about it in the newspaper and Isabel Sanford claims that she heard about it through her cousin who read about it in the tabloids. The cast was bitter that they never got a chance to say goodbye and that CBS never gave the show a proper series finale.
6. Isabel Sanford’s Hesitations
When Isabel Sanford was informed that Norman Lear wanted to do a spin-off featuring the Jeffersons, she was reluctant to commit to the show because she was happy with her recurring role on All in the Family and she wasn’t sure how successful the spin-off would be. To force her to commit to the spin-off, they told her that they were writing her character off All in the Family and moving the character to the spin-off, The Jeffersons. That helped Sanford make up her mind.