Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top 5 Things About Sherman Hemsley

The beloved Sherman Hemsley has moved on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky.  In the man's memory, here are the top 5 things I think of when I think of Sherman Hemsley.

5: The Surreal Life - Remember this show?  Bet you wish you didn't.  Hemsley was in the final season, season 6, with almost no other celebrities, save Florence Henderson.  It was clearly a place he didn't belong, but I still remember him being there--at least he was the biggest name on the marquee!

4: Dinosaurs - This was a terrible show about the working lives of a family of dinosaurs.  Really, it was bad, but I was 15, so I watched it for a few episodes. Hemsley played the mean boss of the family's father, and he played it well, considering that he was essentially voice acting for a guy in a fat lizard suit.

3: Family Guy - Hemsley did a voice for Family Guy, which is always a cool feather in the cap.

2: The Twilight Zone - The 1985 iteration of this series is completely forgettable with one exception--a half episode called I of Newton, starring Hemsley as a mathematician in a battle of logic with the Devil, played by  Ron Glass.  It is well-written and well-played by both actors.  Outside of the obvious #1 below, this is my strongest memory of Hemsley.  (Watch it in full above!)

1: George Jeffersons - It is impossible to think about the man without considering his role as George Jefferson.  The Jeffersons was a ground-breaking television show, and George remains one of the most vivid and developed characters in tv history.  How much of a cultural impact did George Jefferson make, you ask?  Well, the character was reprised on five separate television shows: All In The Family, E/R, The Jeffersons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House of Payne.

May his family take comfort in knowing that he brought joy to millions and tore down walls.  In life, he finally got a piece of the pie.  Share your thoughts on the passing of Sherman Hemsley in the comments below.


  1. Yeah...I actually like Dinosaurs...
    Not the Mama...Looks like we're gonna need another Timmy

  2. I'll always have these two memories of Sherman Hemsley:

    1.) Walking on Mr. Bentley's back in the Main Title sequence of "The Jeffersons."

    2.) The music video for his song, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." Couldn't find the video itself, but here's Sherman performing it "live" on Soul Train...