It was all about the 1970s last night on ABC.Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear hosted "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’”
- The “All in the Family” remake featured Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tormei as Archie and Edith Bunker, with Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes doing the honors for George and Louise Jefferson on “The Jeffersons.”Ellie Kemper appeared as Gloria (the role originated by Sally Struthers) with Ike Barinholtz as "Meathead" (originally played as Rob Reiner). Jamie was the first one to make a mistake –which he played off hilariously– but everyone was good.Sean Hayes turned in a surprise cameo as Mr. Lorenzo - while Anthony Anderson was hilarious as Henry Jefferson.
- During "The Jeffersons", Kerry Washington and Will Ferrell did an excellent job as Helen and Tom Willis, And while Jackée Harry made a cameo, the highlight of the evening was Marla Gibbs reprising her role as Florence Johnson, the Jeffersons’ maid. Interestingly? The cast kept the "n-word" - which was aired clearly back in the day - in...though it was bleeped out. Later, during a reflection piece on the show, Washington said the cast felt that taking that approach honored the script, but also gave respect to how far the country has come.
Naturally, social media went crazy. Here are a few of the reactions:
Jamie Foxx handled his slip up like a champ #TheJeffersons#AllInTheFamily#LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience
Best part of the show...especially watching everyone else trying to hold it together!
Give Marisa Tomei an Emmy IMMEDIATELY for her performance as Edith Bunker. #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience#AllInTheFamily
To all the younger audience members out there, trust me, they didn't alter a single element from the 1970's television scripts. Scary how very little has changed isn't it? #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience#AllInTheFamily
Good job everyone. You had EVERYONE watching tv together tonight. Let’s do this more regularly. #AllInTheFamily#thejeffersonslive#thejeffersonspic.twitter.com/U3uSoGhSxr
While I’ve been smiling for an hour straight watching #AllInTheFamily & #TheJeffersons#LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience it’s amazing & disturbing to know we are having the same conversations & arguments today as in the 70s.
Meet the all-star cast of ABC's live #AllInTheFamily and #TheJeffersons special http://thr.cm/1gu93i
Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei are both older than Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton were when they took on the lead roles in #AllInTheFamily in 1971. That is hard for me to wrap my brain around.
How great was it to see Marla Gibbs return to The Jeffersons tonight at 87 years old! Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson, Wanda Sykes, Will Ferrell, Kerry Washington, and Jackee Harry made for an amazing cast.
It is actually FLORENCE!!!! #marlagibbs
"How come we overcame and nobody told me???" MARLA GIBBS delivered that line just as perfectly today as she did in the 70s! #AllInTheFamily
Source:Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep