The Jeffersons/A Friend in Need

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A Friend in Need
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate January 18, 1975
Teleplay by Don Nicholl,
Michael Ross &
Bernie West
Story by Barry Harman &
Harve Brosten
Directed by Jack Shea
Produced by Don Nicholl,
Michael Ross,
Bernie West

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The JeffersonsSeason One
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A Friend in Need is the first episode of the first season of The Jeffersons.

Starring: Isabel Sanford (Louise Jefferson), Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson), Mike Evans (Lionel Jefferson), Roxie Roker (Helen Willis) & Franklin Cover (Tom Willis), Zara Cully (Mother Olivia Jefferson) & Berlinda Tolbert (Jenny Willis)

and Paul Benedict (Harry Bentley)

Additional Cast: Paulene Myers (Diane Stockwell), Marla Gibbs (Florence)


Plot Overview

George and Louise fight over having a maid.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Florence: How come we overcame and nobody told me?