Checking In

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.

Checking In
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)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)T.A.T. Communications Company
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseApril 9 
30, 1981
Related showsThe Jeffersons


In the seventh-season finale episode of The Jeffersons, "Florence's New Job", the Jeffersons' maid, Florence Johnston (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]



Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1"Boo Who?"Jack SheaHoward 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 SheaBob 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 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 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.


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 rebroadcast the entire series.

Home media

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.


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