The Good

This show seemed to lose some of it's bite over the years but it was still a lot of fun to watch.

The Bad

No Special Features.

The Jeffersons: The Complete Fifth Season continues to follow George and Louise Jefferson as they deal with "moving on up... to the deluxe apartment in the sky." Whether George is trying to swindle a building out from under Alan Willis, or trying to save one of his kidneys from donation, or using his apartment as a shelter for Harry, Tom and Helen when the heating is out in their building, this show always did it's best to derive inherent comedy from the situations it was putting across on screen. Filled with memorable characters, The Jeffersons was a show that examined race relations, while always keeping it's mind on turning preconceived notions upside down.

There is a dynamic to this show that kept it sharp and witty, even if the humor wasn't always politically charged in The Jeffersons: The Complete Fifth Season.

Features

No Extras came with this three disc DVD set.

Video

Full Screen - 1.33:1. There is a coziness to this show that I think stems from the fact that the majority of it took place in the Jefferson's apartment. It isn't ever claustrophobic which I think is even more amazing, because so much of the action takes place in the living room. Also, even with all the "loud" clothing that these characters wear, I am surprised how well all the images have held up through their transfer to DVD.

Audio

Dolby Digital. Close Captioned. Language: English. The sound on these discs is pretty much what you would expect it to be a for a sitcom. By this I mean that isn't it bad but it isn't great, however it gets the point of the scenes across and when you do the math (26 episodes multiplied by however many scenes), I think that makes the audio on these discs quite respectable.

Package

This purple front cover features George and Louise Jefferson with the rest of main cast in smaller pictures underneath them. It doesn't look that great but it has a 1970s feel. The back features a description of what The Jeffersons: The Complete Fifth Season is about and some technical specs. All three discs unfold out of the box covering with more artwork from the show, and separate trays for each disc. There is also an episode guide that tells viewers what episodes are on each disc, and what they are about. Sadly, it doesn't seem like the creators of this packaging are really exercising their design skills.

Final Word

I had no idea that this show ran for eleven seasons. In fact, if I remember something that I saw on TV about this show, the cast had no idea that the final episode they did was going to be their last. It seemed like the show wrapped, the cast and crew left for their usual hiatus and during that time the decision was made that this show wouldn't continue. While I am only now delving into this show on a deeper level (as far as watching it in reruns and on DVD), I really look forward to reviewing the later years of The Jeffersons to see how the characters and humor evolved.

When you consider that Season 5 took place in the late 1970s, I think it's highly interesting to note that this show ended in the middle of the Eighties. It will be interesting to review that period, indeed.

The Jeffersons was released .