July 25, 2012

R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley

The 70's was really a breakthrough decade for the modern sitcom. Before that, most sitcoms were very tame and family-oriented. But in the 70's, sitcoms started to tackle controversial issues, such as racism, feminism, homosexuality, poverty, abortion, war, etc - all sorts of subjects that were taboo before.

I lived my childhood during that period when the "All In The Family" spin-offs were the rage. I loved Maude, Three's Company, M*A*S*H, Soap, but my favorite was The Jeffersons. I'm not sure why because I certainly don't fit the obvious target audience demographic.

The character of George Jefferson was so easy to hate. He was abrasive, racist, bigoted, and arrogant. But in the end, he always did the right thing. He had a good heart, he loved his family, and took care of his friends.

R.I.P. Sherman. You're movin' on up.

(This is a day late, I know, but I just wanted to post something about this wonderful actor.)

By DMartyr at 10:50 AM | Comments |