Checking In

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This article is about the 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
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) TAT Communications, Inc.
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 9 (1981-04-09) – April 30, 1981 (1981-04-30)
Preceded by All in the Family
The Jeffersons
Related shows Good Times
Archie Bunker's Place
704 Hauser

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, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) 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; it was explained that the St. Frederick Hotel had burned down.

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.

The third episode, Whose Side Are You On?, was added a bonus feature to the The Jeffersons complete series DVD set issued by Shout Factory.


No. in
Title Written by Original air date
1 "Boo Who?" 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" 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?" 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" 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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