George and Louise Jefferson were an affluent African-American couple living in New York City. They had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker (on All In the Family).
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
“Once a Friend” features one of the first transgender characters on American television in the person of Edie Stokes, who George knows as an old Navy buddy named Eddie.
The episode focuses on George’s fumbling efforts to understand his friend’s transition, constantly reinforcing Edie’s correct name and pronoun. It’s very clear in the show that the problem is not that Edie is transgendered, but George who cannot accept change.
There is 1 queer character listed for this show; none are dead.