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

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Release Date: May 22, 2019

Status: Released

Running time: 1h 5m

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Live in Front of a Studio Audience is a series of live television specials that was first broadcast by ABC on May 22, 2019. Conceptualized and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the specials feature all-star casting for live recreations of sitcom episodes that originally aired in the 1970s and 1980s. The specials are co-produced by Norman Lear's Act III Communications, Kimmel's Kimmelot, and Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions — in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios (owner of the rights to the original series) via the ownership of the Embassy Television library (the original producer of All in the Family and its spin-offs The Jeffersons and Good Times). The first special recreated two episodes involving George Jefferson (played by Jamie Foxx), with All in the Family represented by "Henry's Farewell" (the character's on-screen debut) and "A Friend in Need" (the first episode of The Jeffersons). The first special was seen by 10.4 million viewers; a repeat was seen by 2.49 million viewers. The second special was broadcast on December 18, 2019, and recreated another All in the Family episode and an episode of Good Times. A third special recreated The Facts of Life third-season episode "Kids Can Be Cruel" and Diff'rent Strokes's first-season episode "Willis' Privacy" It aired on December 7, 2021.
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