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The Jeffersons - The Complete Fifth Season



DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 593 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


George and Weezie are movin' on up yet again! The Complete Fifth Season of The Jeffersons, the show that was once considered "abandoned" on DVD, is coming soon to DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in a 3-disc box set!

The fifth season of the show isn't a whole lot different from the previous seasons, although in this season, Lionel is missing, although Jenny still appears from time to time. With Lionel's bedroom empty (which it has been for a while), there is an empty room in the apartment, which Alan Willis (Jay Hammer), Tom and Helen's white son, quickly fills while he is trying to settle his differences with his father (he lives with George and Louise the entire season, to give you a clue of how good his relationship with Tom is).

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The fifth season begins with "Louise's Painting," where Louise brings home a sketch that she made an art class she is taking, which George is perfectly fine with until he finds out the subject she was sketching was in the nude! In the two-part episode "The Homecoming," Tom and Helen's son, Alan inherits a warehouse upon the death of his grandfather and also needs a place to stay--and George is willing to do ANYTHING to get the warehouse from him, even if it means letting him move in! George has a dream about what the future (well, 1996 anyway…) is like in "George's Dream," but he finds out that one person that he deeply admires is already dead by then--him! Florence is about to meet Billy Dee Williams, the love of her life, in "Me and Billy Dee," but will she believe it is really him?

Louise loses her memory in "Louise Who?," and George and Florence must help her reclaim it. It is Christmas time in "George's Finds a Father," and George invites a lifelong friend to his apartment, but is shocked to discover that the friend had an affair with George's mother. In "A Bedtime Story," George doesn't want to go to bed at the same time as Louise and Louise worries that he is suffering from insomnia--but little does she know he is actually suffering from impotence! Will he rise again?

Helen refuses to go along with Tom on a business trip after he learns that her role is to be the "wife by his side" in "The Other Woman," so Tom's boss decides to send his mistress in Helen's place. But when Helen changes her mind about the trip and decides to meet up with Tom at the airport anyway, how is he going to explain the other woman? George had disco fever and just can't stop the urge to dance in "Every Night Fever." Mr. Bentley lends Florence a book about a woman that pretends to have multiple personalities in order to get a man in "Three Faces of Florence," and Florence decides to try the same approach--except the man that she has her eyes set on is a psychiatrist and she doesn't know it! When he wants to spend the weekend with Florence, does he want to spend it with her at a resort or at a psychiatric hospital? Finally, the season ends with "The Freeze-In," where the heat is out in everybody's apartment except for George and Louise's apartment. With nowhere else to turn, they all have to spend the night together in the same apartment, which is fine until Mr. Bentley comes up with a game that gets everybody hating each other!


The packaging for this set is very similar to the previous sets--except that it uses a purple color scheme. The outer box has a picture of George and Louise in front of the Manhattan skyline, with five more pictures at the bottom of the box (of Helen, Tom, Jenny, Mr. Bentley, and Florence). The back of the outer box has a brief overview of the season, as usual. An also, as usual, the side of the box has a picture of George and Louise.

Inside the box, there is (once again) a four panel digipak, with the first panel holding the episode description sheet (which is only one front and back sheet, but includes all episode descriptions), while the other three panels actually hold the discs. There really isn't any disc art; all of the discs are purple and have the show logo on them in white. Disc 1 had 9 episodes, Disc 2 has 8 episodes, and Disc 3 has 7 episodes--this seems like a bizarre breakdown. Why didn't they just do 8-8-8?

Menu Design and Navigation:

There really isn't a whole lot to say about the menus on this set other than the fact that they are very basic and functional (which is really all that matters in a DVD set). The main menu starts with a basic picture of George and Louise (the exact same one as on the box art…) with options of Play All or Episode Selection. Additionally, Disc 3 has a Bonus Previews option. Like other seasons of this show and other Sony shows, the Episode Selection menu takes you to a menu where you simply select the episodes--no scene selection menus or other frills. And even though there aren't any scene selection menus, chapters are placed appropriately throughout each episode. I did notice, though, that on one episode that contained a closing tag (most episodes in this season do NOT have one) that there was NOT a chapter stop just before that, but that isn't really a big deal.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality in and of itself on the set is pretty good, and is at least as good as one would expect for episodes that are nearly 20 years old. The audio is a tad bit low (in mono, obviously), but it isn't a very serious concern. For those that need closed-captioning, that is available on all of the episodes.

But there is a problem with this set that shouldn't be a huge surprise for those that know Sony. Once again, they have quietly tried to slip in the edited version of one of the episodes on this set! The episode "The Ones You Love" runs three minutes shorter than the rest of the episodes. What I don't understand is how Sony keeps making there "one episode mistakes" on so many DVDs. It is totally inexcusable. The runtimes for all of the episodes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. Louise's Painting (24:51)
2. The Homecoming, Part 1 (24:50)
3. The Homecoming, Part 2 (24:52)
4. How Slowly They Forget (24:49)
5. George's Dream (24:44)
6. George's New Stockbroker (24:51)
7. Me and Billy Dee (24:49)
8. Half a Brother (24:53)
9. What are Friends For? (24:39)

Disc 2:
10. George Who? (24:48)
11. Harry's House Guest (24:46)
12. George Finds a Father (24:50)
13. Louise's Sister (24:38)
14. Louise's Reunion (24:50)
15. A Bedtime Story (24:58)
16. Florence Meets Mr. Right (24:59)
17. Louise's Award (24:48)

Disc 3:
18. The Other Woman (25:00)
19. The Hold Out (24:48)
20. The Ones You Love (22:47)
21. Every Night Fever (25:00)
22. Three Faces of Florence (24:49)
23. Louise's Convention (24:48)
24. The Freeze-In (25:01)

Special Features:

Not a single one. What a shame! Sherman Hemsley and Marla Gibbs would probably be willing to provide interviews and/or commentaries, so why don't the producers of these DVDs just ask?

There ARE some "bonus previews" on Disc 3 though--if you really care.

Final Comments:

This is one of the greatest shows of all time, which makes it very disappointing that Sony has to be the one to control the DVD rights for it. It is outright annoying that a show as popular as this one, continues to have DVD sets with no special features, and even more annoying that Sony can’t seem to get it right when it comes to making sure every episode on all of their sets is unedited versions! What could their excuse be for letting that one edited episode slip by???

However, unless you are a person that is a total perfectionist, you'll probably love the episodes on this set, and you'll want to pick it up. The episodes included on the set are very good, and the one edited episode, while very frustrating, doesn't change the fact that these episodes are great episodes and that the other 23 episodes are unedited. So while these are no deluxe DVDs in a box, they aren't horrible either.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 08/01/06

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