Checking In

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This article is about the 1981 sitcom. For the American Horror Story episode, see Checking In (American Horror Story).
Checking In
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mike Milligan
Jim Moriarty
Directed by Jack Shea
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
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) T.A.T. Communications Company
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 9 – 30, 1981
Chronology
Related shows The Jeffersons

Checking In is an American sitcom and a spin-off of The Jeffersons that aired for four episodes on CBS from April 9 to April 30, 1981.

Synopsis[edit]

In the seventh-season finale episode of The Jeffersons, "Florence's New Job", the Jeffersons' maid, Florence Johnston (played by Marla Gibbs), accepted a job to become the executive housekeeper at the fictional St. Frederick Hotel in New York City. The series follows Florence's misadventures at the hotel with her co-workers: Lyle Block, her stuffy manager; Elena Beltran, her assistant; Earl Bellamy, the inept house detective; Hank Sabatino, the lewd handyman; Betty, the floor supervisor; Dennis, the bellboy; and Mr. Claymore, the hotel owner.[1]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
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, and Florence decides to spend the night alone in a room to prove that it's not haunted.
2 "Block's Party" Jack Shea Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf April 16, 1981 (1981-04-16)
Lyle throws a party at the hotel, but his high school rival (now a pro football coach) and his team decide 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 an argument, but she won't take anyone's side.
4 "Florence and the Salesman" Jack Shea Lesa Kite & Cindy Begel and Howard Bendetson & Bob Bendetson April 30, 1981 (1981-04-30)
Florence misunderstands and thinks an elderly salesman is coming on to her, but he's really trying to make a sales pitch.

Reception[edit]

Checking In premiered on CBS on April 9, 1981 and lasted for only four episodes in the Thursday, 8:00 p.m. EST timeslot. Faced with low ratings, the series was cancelled, with the final episode airing on April 30, 1981. Gibbs then returned to her regular role on The Jeffersons and it was explained that the St. Frederick Hotel had burned down.

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

Nick at Nite reaired the entire series.

Home media release[edit]

The third episode, "Whose Side Are You On?", was added as a bonus feature on The Jeffersons: The Complete Series 33-disc DVD set issued by Shout! Factory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Guide. "Checking In Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

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