Checking In

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Checking In
Genre Sitcom
Starring Marla Gibbs
Patrick Collins
Larry Linville
Liz Torres
Ruth Brown
Robert Costanzo
Jordan Gibbs
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) TAT Communications, Inc.
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run April 9, 1981 (1981-04-09) – April 30, 1981 (1981-04-30)
Related shows The Jeffersons

Checking In is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in April 1981. The series is a spin-off of The Jeffersons, which itself had spun off from All in the Family.


In the series, the Jeffersons' maid, Florence Johnston, played by Marla Gibbs, accepted a job to become the executive housekeeper at the fictional St. Frederick Hotel in Manhattan.



Checking In premiered on CBS on April 9, 1981. It lasted for only four episodes in the Thursday, 8pm (EST) timeslot. Faced with low ratings, the series was cancelled, ending the show on April 30, 1981. Gibbs returned to The Jeffersons as Florence Johnston, the Jeffersons' maid. It was explained that the St. Frederick Hotel had burned down, so Florence decided to return to her former job with the Jeffersons.

Checking In was one of the few All in the Family-related series that was not successful, unlike The Jeffersons, Maude, and Good Times.

Nick at Nite reaired the entire series.

1 episode of the show will be released as a bonus feature on the complete series DVD set of The Jeffersons, releasing December 9, 2014, by Shout Factory.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Boo Who?" Jack Shea Howard Bendetson & Bob Bendetson April 9, 1981 (1981-04-09)
Florence and Elena suspect that a ghost is roaming the building.
2 "Block's Party" Jack Shea Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf April 16, 1981 (1981-04-16)
Lyle throws a party, but his high school rival (now a pro football coach) and his team arrive to crash it.
3 "Whose Side are You On?" Jack Shea Michael G. Moye April 23, 1981 (1981-04-23)
Florence is caught between Lyle and Elena when they have a fight.
4 "Florence and the Salesman" Jack Shea Teleplay: Lesa Kite & Cindy Begel and Howard Bendetson & Bob Bendetson
Story: Lesa Kite & Cindy Begel
April 30, 1981 (1981-04-30)
Florence thinks an elderly salesman is coming on to her.

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