I enjoy honoring Black History Month (BHM) on my blog because there are so many excellent Christmas episodes, specials and TV movies with exceptional African-American cast members. There are also many outstanding and touching Christmas TV story lines aimed at black audiences. This month I'm highlighting just a few of my favorites.
|"Well, we're movin' on up, to the east side. To a deluxe apartment, in the sky..."
The 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons began as a spin-off of the groundbreaking and controversial series All in the Family. Though The Jeffersons created five Christmas episodes, the 1977 episode entitled "984 W. 124th Street, Apt. 5C" isn't just my favorite of the series, it is also one of my personal all-time favorite Christmas episodes.
On Christmas Eve, George, Louise, their son Lionel and his wife Jenny, and neighbors Tom and Helen Willis gather together for the holiday. They are also celebrating Lionel and Jenny's wedding anniversary (they married in the previous year's 1976 holiday episode entitled "The Christmas Wedding").
|With slurred speech, the maid Florence explains that the egg nog is "evaporating" and she needs to make more.
|George refuses to provide a reasonable explanation for the gifts sent to the Harlem apartment
|Why else would George be sending cash to an address in Harlem? Is he supporting someone else?
|Louise follows George to a dilapidated tenement house.
|The family living at the Harlem address explains about their anonymous benefactor
|Childress steals the scene as the funny wino in the apartment's hallway.
|Learning his secret, Louise approves and says "Merry Christmas, George."
This episode of The Jeffersons appears on the Fourth season DVD set on the 2nd disc.
What's your favorite Jeffersons Christmas episode? What's your favorite Christmas episode about charity? Please feel free to share your comment below.