Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

2019

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

Critics Consensus

A charming, well-executed recreation of Normal Lear's classic sitcoms featuring sterling performances from an all-star cast that proves there's still a lot of fun to be had Live In Front of a Studio Audience.

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A tribute to the sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," featuring fresh takes on original episodes from each. Woody Harrelson takes on the role of Archie Bunker; and Jamie Foxx plays George Jefferson. Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear host.

Cast

Woody Harrelson
as Archie Bunker
Marisa Tomei
as Edith Bunker
Jamie Foxx
as George Jefferson
Wanda Sykes
as Louise Jefferson
Ellie Kemper
as Gloria Stivic
Will Ferrell
as Tom Willis
Kerry Washington
as Helen Willis
Justina Machado
as Florence Johnston
Sean Hayes
as Mr. Lorenzo
Amber Stevens
as Jenny Willis Jefferson
Jovan Adepo
as Lionel Jefferson
Anthony Anderson
as Uncle Henry
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Mr. Bentley
Jackée Harry
as Diane Stockwell
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Critic Reviews for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (1)

  • There was enough of interest last night to be worth trying again, whether with more Lear shows or another classic. Hopefully, though, the next attempt will try to be its own thing rather than just a lovingly slavish recreation.

    May 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • So even while I was impressed by the scope of ABC's revival, I was also a bit disappointed. Is the future of network television really going to be so focused on re-creating its past? Still, there were amazing moments.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • The pacing of the Jeffersons episode was far better than that of All in the Family, or maybe it's just that I appreciated how well Foxx and Sykes were working off each other.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • That turned out to be the true challenge for everyone involved - were they in this for real or just for kicks? Was there a way to honor their characters as they were and yet somehow innovate a little? Or was it just a game of dress-up and pretend?

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The results were very entertaining. But the special didn't necessarily honor the spirit of the original Lear shows-nor did it breathe new life into them.

    May 23, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Even if it is a blatant nostalgia play, bringing some old TV history into the present seems like a smart move for ABC - and a reason for the rest of us to actually watch live network television for a change.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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