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The Jeffersons - The Complete Sixth Season



DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007 (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


Get ready to move on up into the deluxe sixth season of The Jeffersons on DVD! The Complete Sixth Season of the series that, in a sense, is synonymous with late 70s and early 80s pop culture, is coming soon to DVD in a 3-disc box set from Sony. In the sixth season, we learn that there is going to be a little bit of a change in the family (and that there will finally be a blood connection between George and Tom!) with the impending birth of Lionel and Jenny’s baby! You also get to see what Tom would be like if he was black, you get to see a flashback to the beginning of Jefferson Cleaners, and you even get to see a former cast member return--Mike Evans in his role of Lionel!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with “The Announcement,” where Lionel and Jenny have a secret--a secret that Tom and Helen know about and Florence even knows about, yet George and Louise don’t know what it is! How will Louise react when she finds out the secret was being withheld from her? George wins a small businessmen’s award—for being small—in “A Short Story.” Louise has witnessed a murder through Mr. Bentley’s telescope… or has she? Find out in the two-part episode “Now You See It, Now You Don’t.” George becomes a boxer in “Joltin’ George,” but is that what he is best suited for? Gino Conforti (“Three’s Company”) guest stars in “Baby Love,” where Florence wants a baby, but she needs a man first.

Florence and Louise get in to an argument just in time for George to host a dinner party in “Louise vs. Florence.” In “Brother Tom,” Tom feels left out when two of Helen’s black friends come to visit, so what does he do? He asks George for advice on how to be black! It is time for Jenny to have her baby in the two-part episode “The Arrival,” but George’s biggest concern is whether the baby will be black, white, polka dot, or striped!

George is depressed because everybody forgot about his birthday in “George’s Birthday,” but have they? George might be able to get more space for his store in the building once one of the other tenants is evicted in “Louise Takes a Stand,” but the problem? The tenant to be evicted is Charlie’s bar! In “The First Store,” George and Louise take a trip back to 1968, when George opened his first store--and also when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the chaos that ensued.


The packaging has been altered a little bit for this season, but not by much. It all still looks the same (as always, the front of the box has George and Louise in front of the NYC skyline, the supporting cast members on the bottom of the box, and the individual snapshots of George and Louise on the side). Everything is in a red color scheme this time (which is actually interesting, because season two ALSO used a red color scheme, I’m surprised to see them reusing colors like this… though in all fairness, the same was seen with seasons 1 and 5).

The part about the set that has (slightly) changed this time is the digipak inside. Rather than a four-panel digipak, there are only three panels this time, with a disc in each panel and a folder containing the episode guide on the back of the third panel. It doesn’t make much of a difference either way though. The disc artwork is simple, with George on Disc 1, Louise on Disc 2, and Lionel (the correct Lionel, good job Sony) on Disc 3. There are eight episodes on each disc… but don’t believe the episode guide included in the set. For the second time in recent months, Sony has screwed up on the episode guide and listed episodes as being on the wrong disc. Just remember episodes 1-8 are on Disc 1, 7-16 on Disc 2, and 17-24 on Disc 3--and ignore the breakdown listed on the set.

Menu Design and Navigation:

It is the same as the previous set. Exactly the same. The main menu has a picture George and Louise and you can select Play All or Episode Selection. When you select Play All, every episode plays, and when you select Episode Selection, you get a submenu where you select your episode. It can’t get any easier. The episode plays immediately upon choosing an episode (there is no scene selection menu) but chapters are placed at all of the appropriate spots within the episodes.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality seem pretty good in general, but I did have a problem with all of Disc 1 (I’m really thinking this is just a problem with my set, not a widespread problem, but I thought I should report it just to be on the safe side). For some reason, Disc 1 had some frame rate issues. The episodes were perfectly watchable, but this was somewhat annoying to see. Again, this could have just been a problem with my set, but if it is a more widespread problem, then this would not be good at all. The audio is the same as usual, being presented in mono and the usual Sony audio level problems (they’ve gotten better lately for sure but they still haven’t reached perfection by any means). Closed-captioning is available, of course.

After some problems with seasons 4 and 5, Sony has finally got their act together for this season and given us UNEDITED versions (or so it appears) for all of the episodes. The runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. The Announcement (24:59)
2. A Short Story (24:59)
3. Louise’s Old Boyfriend (24:59)
4. Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Part 1 (25:10)
5. Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Part 2 (24:59)
6. Where’s Papa? (24:59)
7. The Expectant Father (24:39)
8. Joltin’ George (24:59)

Disc 2:
9. Baby Love (24:57)
10. Louise vs. Florence (24:56)
11. Me and Mr. G (24:55)
12. One Flew Into the Cuckoo’s Nest (24:37)
13. Louise’s Setback (24:52)
14. Brother Tom (24:57)
15. The Arrival, Part 1 (24:57)
16. The Arrival, Part 2 (24:57)

Disc 3:
17. The Shower (24:46)
18. The Longest Day (24:50)
19. George’s Birthday (24:35)
20. A Night to Remember (24:55)
21. The Loan (24:54)
22. Louise Takes a Stand (24:56)
23. The First Store (24:56)
24. Once Upon a Time (24:34)

Special Features:

Usually, the only special features on a Sony set are “bonus previews.” This set outdoes that even. There aren’t even any bonus previews…

Final Comments:

This is generally a decent set, but in all honesty (and this has nothing at all to do with the DVD set quality at all), this was by no means the best season of the series! I’m not sure what happened in this season (as most series hit their high points around midseries), but for some reason, it seems like the show went way downhill in this season, only to pick up (and maybe even get better from previous seasons) by the time season seven rolled around. I don’t think the writing of the episodes was bad this season, I think it is just that there were too many storylines focusing on the baby which made for storylines that weren’t as good in the first place. Still, there is a selection of great episodes within this set, and no fan of The Jeffersons would want to skip this set. It is too bad Sony can’t compensate with some special features though on some of these sets!

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

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

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/13/07

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