The all-star cast included Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson, with Kerry Washington, Ellie Kemper, Will Ferrell, Anthony Anderson and Ike Barinholtz in supporting roles.
But there was one all-time fan favorite that couldn’t be replaced: Marla Gibbs. That’s right! Gibbs reprised her role as the Jeffersons’ wisecracking maid, Florence Johnston, and it’s safe to say that even after all these years, she’s still got it.
Though the night was a hit and fans were overall satisfied with the performances, some viewers were skeptical going in, thinking that ABC would make changes to fit today’s audience. Needless to say, Archie Bunker’s overt racism would never fly on television these days. But it became clear from the very beginning that they stayed true to the script. Seeing these episodes might open some eyes to the fact that decades after these episodes originally aired, sadly, we’re still having some of the same conversations relating to racism and sexism.
And if anyone questioned whether or not the shows were actually live, that became hilariously evident when Foxx flubbed his lines. “It’s live,” Foxx said turning to the audience as his castmates tried (and failed) to keep from laughing in the background. “Everyone sitting at home just think their TV just messed up.” Foxx took a moment to compose himself and went forward with the performance.
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