Sherman Hemsley, RIP

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20 Responses to “Sherman Hemsley, RIP”

  1. alphasnail says:

    Always loved watching him move. One funky dude – wish we had more like him on tv these days

  2. sethgodin says:

    And you can bet he’s enjoying that penthouse in the sky.

  3. BarBarSeven says:

    This was great TV before everyone nowadays started talking about the supposed “the best show on TV” *COUGH* Breaking Bad *COUGH*. R.I.P. May he slam as many doors in heaven as heaven has.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUJl104vnU

    • Garnett Schuyler says:

      Why you gotta hate man?  Breaking Bad is swell.

      • BarBarSeven says:

        The Jeffersons is a TV show that went on  the air 37 years ago and folks still have fond memories of 37 years later. Breaking Bad is “the best” show du jour and in 3 to 7 years nobody will care.  

        • idiotjed says:

           I’ll bet you a dollar that Breaking Bad will still be regarded as one of the all-time best TV series in 2019.

          • BarBarSeven says:

            Nyeah. The same was said about Twin Peaks, The Wire & The Sopranos… None of those shows are still as universally “must see” as they once were.

            In contrast, 37 years later everyone still loves The Jeffersons.

        • edkedz says:

          Way to hijack comments on an obituary into a spotlight on your own precious little hobby-horse, dude.

          Say, Lenny Kravitz’s mother was on the Jeffersons, making this the perfect opportunity to go off on a douchey tangent about how derivative his music is.
          Or not.

  4. EvilSpirit says:

    I remember what a big deal it was when “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” came along. The ’70s were a major turning point for the presence of black lead roles on TV.

    Well done, sir.

    • millie fink says:

      Yes. But it’s a  bummer how things turned back from that turning point.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I have no idea what people watch on television now. Would a show about an African-American family living in the projects get enough viewers to last on network TV today? Good Times ran for six seasons. Sanford and Son ran for six seasons. The Jeffersons ran for eleven seasons.

  5. franko says:

    he was awesome on the Jeffersons — such a great ensemble cast — but let’s not forget where that show came from: he played the same character on All In The Family first, and he was great there, too. RIP, funky, angry, awesome man.

  6. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Finally got a piece of the pie. 

  7. Uncle Geo says:

    Nektar! Now that’s an exclusive club. One of the best bands I’ve ever seen live and certainly the best light show. Gong, Gentle Giant -it doesn’t get more head than that. 

    Wow. A forgotten era of really great music that was never ever played on the radio -in the US anyway because radio sucks here and almost always has. George Jefferson -who knew? Rock on in peace, badass brother.

  8. bizwack says:

    Movin’ on up indeed.

  9. philipdeslippe says:

    Sherman Hemsley was also a mystic who was into meditation. A 1982 TV Guide piece on him described him as a “44-year old hippie” who was “up on occult religions.”

    http://thekybalion.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/george-jefferson-and-the-kybalion/

  10. Rickenbacker4001 says:

    Man, watching these shows (Good Times, Jeffersons) as a Croatian/New Zealander and moving to Canada was to me like science fiction when I was a wee lad. Learned lots about race. I come in peace…

  11. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    I still watch the Jefferson’s and Good Times, as well other 70′s tv shows on YouTube.  Great shows, great people. 

    Now Sherman Is in a deluxe apartment in the Sky. Thanks for all the laughs. 

  12. Cowicide says:

    Sherman was brilliant.

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