Alright ladies and gentlemen, time for a pop quiz.
The first question is, what do the lyrics...
"And I am telling you..."
"Once there was a way to get back homeward"
"To a deluxe apartment in the sky"
...all have in common?
If you guessed Jennifer Hudson slaying them, you'd be correct!
Earlier this week, ABC ran a celebration special titled Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' as a tribute to the writer and producer of the aforementioned groundbreaking sitcoms, Norman Lear.
It was a celebration of laughter, progress and the landmark achievements Lear was able to make in television history.
But it also gave us JHud at her fiercest!
The Grammy and Oscar winner gave us a performance of The Jeffersons theme song and reminded us why she's won those awards.
Jennifer Hudson Sings “The Jeffersons" Theme Song – Live In Front Of A Studio Audience www.youtube.com
Let me tell you, she took us to church, or, at the very least, she took us to that deluxe apartment in the sky!
Needless to say, the performance left social media shooketh.
On Twitter, responders were found tweeting:
K. I’m going to need a whole show built around #JenniferHudson singing tv theme songs. #movinonup— Jill Tadros (@Jill Tadros)1558617057.0
Can we please buy @IAMJHUD’s version of #TheJeffersonsLive theme song??? #MOVINONUP— Magical Family Time (@Magical Family Time)1558583570.0
While Instagram, who didn't want to feel left out of the party, had users posting:
But, what may have been most touching, came from Marla Gibbs' Instragram account.
The former star of the original cast of The Jefferson weighed in with the highest of praise by posting:
But that wasn't the end of it.
Nostalgia was in the air all through the night as the special celebrated Lear's iconic television series. Some users on Twitter were tweeting out sentiments like:
Marla Gibbs’ surprise appearance on “The Jefferson’s Live” was EVERYTHING! Well done to all the actors and to JHud,… https://t.co/byHfueP8wP— DGreene (@DGreene)1558613167.0
I am LOVING #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience Seeing THE Marla Gibbs playing Florence was the cherry on top. I felt lik… https://t.co/zMsR4kFlU6— Rick Serrato (@Rick Serrato)1558575155.0
And what may have been most nostalgic, was the connection Kerry Washington was able to feel with her father when she tweeted:
#Kerracters @kerrywashington’s instagram post: “Check out my dad’s tux from 1973 and mine from last night on… https://t.co/p6N4IcuvRS— Kerracters (@Kerracters)1558650753.0
All in all, it seems every part of the evening did what television does best. It made us feel welcome, comfortable and reminded us that even though there might be turmoil within the outside world, there are always laughs and love to be found with our favorite tv families.
In an age where television seems to be trying to be as gritty and challenging as the medium could possibly be, it was a wonderful reminder that television could still be just as challenging while it is making us double over with laughter.
Most importantly, we all now have the summer hype bop we needed for 2019 and not a moment too soon. I officially dub the summer of 2019, The Summer of JHud, Queen of the Deluxe Apartment in the Sky.