Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #16

The Jeffersons (1975 – 1985)

16 The Jeffersons

All in the Family is not on this list, not because it isn’t great television (it is) but because it could just as easily have been set in Chicago or San Francisco with very little alteration. But this popular spin-off is far more specific to the Big Apple with its signature “deluxe apartment in the sky”. And there, the nouveau riche family discovers that there is more than mere geography and capital involved in moving on up from working class Queens to the posh Upper East Side. There are cultures, ethnicities, social structures, and traditions to be danced around before any one corner of the city may be called home.

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