Checking In

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Checking In
GenreSitcom
Created byMike Milligan
Jay Moriarty
Directed byJack Shea
StarringMarla Gibbs
Patrick Collins
Larry Linville
Liz Torres
Ruth Brown
Robert Costanzo
Jordan Gibbs
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)T.A.T. Communications Company
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseApril 9 –
30, 1981
Chronology
Related showsThe Jeffersons

Checking In is an American television sitcom show and a spin-off to The Jeffersons that aired for four episodes on CBS from April 9 to April 30, 1981. The show was about the Jeffersons maid, Florence Johnston taking a new job as the leader of the housekeepers at a St. Frederick Hotel in New York City. The show follows Florence on her adventures with her other workers, Lyle Block, her annoying manager; Elena Beltran, her helper; Earl Bellamy, the house detective who cannot do his job; Hank Sabatino, the crazy handyman; Betty, the floor supervisor; Dennis, the bellboy; and Mr. Claymore, the hotel owner.[1]

Cast[change | change source]

Episodes[change | change source]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Boo Who?"Jack SheaHoward Bendetson & Bob BendetsonApril 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 SheaBob Schiller & Bob WeiskopfApril 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 SheaMichael G. MoyeApril 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 SheaLesa Kite, Cindy Begel, Howard Bendetson & Bob BendetsonApril 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[change | change source]

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

Checking In was the first All in the Family spin-off show that did not do good, which was different from The Jeffersons, Maude and Maude spin-off Good Times. More tries to do spin-offs after Checking In were also not good like (Gloria in the 1982-1983 season and 704 Hauser in 1994).

References[change | change source]

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

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