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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Sherman Hemsley ...  Deacon Ernest Frye 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Clifton Davis ...  Reverend Reuben Gregory 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Anna Maria Horsford ...  Thelma Frye 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Roz Ryan ...  Amelia Hetebrink 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Jester Hairston ...  Rolly Forbes 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Barbara Montgomery ...  Casietta Hetebrink 88 episodes, 1986-1990
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The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye - who works as a lawyer when not tending to church business - isn't going to make his job an easy one.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

27 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Niet te geloven See more »

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(110 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tony T. Johnson was only supposed to be a recurring character, but the audiences enjoyed him so much that he became a regular cast member. See more »

Quotes

Thelma Frye: [crying] I never want my children to feel so much love!
Rev. Reuben Gregory: Pregnant.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: 3 Acts of God (2014) See more »

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Shine on Me
Composed by Andraé Crouch
Performed by Vanessa Bell Armstrong
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The kind of show that is sorely needed today.
6 April 2003 | by bad_jonasSee all my reviews

This was a hilarious late 80's sitcom set in an African American church. While the setting (and atmosphere) seem to lead to all the trappings of religious cliches, this show was actually funny. Maybe it helped that Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) lead a strong, multi-talented cast. This included Jester Hairston (Rolly), Roz Ryan (Sister Amelia), Clifton Davis (Reverend Gregory) and my favorite, Anna Maria Horsford (Thelma Frye). She goes down as my favorite supporting actress in an 80's sitcom. Too often shows where religion is an underlying theme come off as preachy. "Amen" proved you could be truly funny while also being religious. Now THAT'S a faith-based initiative.


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