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One year after the demise of The Jeffersons, Sherman Hemsley returned to television to star in another hit sitcom as Ernest Frye, the lawyer and scheming deacon of First Community Church of Philadelphia, and who intended to keep it under his thumb. Unfortunately, the new minister, Rev. Reuben Gregory, had other ideas and every week he quietly deflated the strutting deacon. Both, of course, really had the church's best interests at heart. Frye's 30-year-old romantically frustrated daughter, Themla, developed a massive crush on the new pastor. Other members of the church board included chattering sisters, Amelia and Casietta Hetebrink and Rolly, the board's wise old voice of reason.

5 Seasons, 111 Episodes
September 27, 1986
Cast: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Amen Full Episode Guide

  • Appearances by James Brown and Lloyd Price aren't the only surprises during a telethon to save the church: Thelma delivers a baby boy. (Part 2 of 2) Her delivery overdue, Thelma attends a telethon.

  • Frye and Clarence try raising church funds by dating wealthy Darla and her equally unattractive granddaughter Darletta.

  • At an auction, an insufferable woman wins a date with Frye.

  • Deacon Frye dates a teacher Clarence likes, and the 2 begin to bump heads.

  • Judge Frye visits an old nemesis who tries to set him up in a sting operation. The judge is offered a large sum of money to alter the outcome of a certain case he presides over. And while everyone watches him on film, Judge Frye must make one of the toughest decisions of his life: whether to be honest and turn the money down, or enjoy the spice of life, with all that cash!

  • Thelma gets her own TV cooking show.

  • Frye and Ruben both try to intervene when the Deacon's pro basketball player client, wants to marry Amelia and move to Italy. Will Love intervene instead and short-circuit the deacon's plans?

  • The deacon reassembles his '50s doo-wop group for a benefit.

  • Frye dates a beautiful and much younger environmentalist.

  • Frye sees publicity in a televised trial involving writer-comedian Steve Allen in a suit against a fried-chicken mogul.

  • Reuben's visiting niece reveals she's leaving seminary school to become a singer, and Frye enters her in a gospelfest.

  • Newly appointed to the bench, power-drunk Judge Frye aims to throw the book at all who come before him.

  • Deacon Frye loves the publicity he is getting from defending Nick St. Nicholas, who insists he is Santa Claus, on a charge of assault and battery.

  • Frye backs a man claiming to be Santa Claus. (Part 1 of 2)

  • Frye takes in a trouble-prone teen, a would-be rapper dubbed ""Clarence So Fine.""

  • Frye establishes a day care center called ""Deaconland.""

  • After a woman is car-jacked, with her baby still in the car with the theif, the thief drops the baby off on the doorsteps of the First Community Church. And since Thelma has no children of her own, whe makes plans to become the child's foster mother, against objections from the deacon and the Rev. Soon the child even begins to soften the deacon's stand. But in the end, Thelma is determined to hold onto the baby. . . until the child's mother shows up. Meanwhile, Deacon Frye is tax audited and owes Uncle Sam a large sum of money.

  • On her six-month anniversary, Thelma feels neglected because Reuben is teaching night school.

  • Newlywed Thelma longs to buy her first home, unaware that the Deacon is wracked with guilt over letting her $25,000 inheritance slip through his fingers.

  • The Deacon and Amelia trade insults in and out of the courtroom after Amelia trips on the Deacon's steps and breaks her foot.

  • A brick doesn't need to fall on Thelma to remind her that the honeymoon is over; Reuben has lost interest in her and Thelma blames herself.

  • The Deacon swears off defending sleazy clients after he falls for the new assistant minister, who thinks he is a perfect Christian man, and looks to him for inspiration. So much so, that she decides to make a drastic change in her life so she can be a help to her fellow man, just like the Deacon.

  • A lonely Deacon makes a pest of himself after the newlyweds return home from their honeymoon, and Thelma makes a huge mess when she tries to flambe' a chicken at her first dinner party.

  • Plans for a Hawaiian honeymoon sour like yesterday's poi when a man tries to jump from the ledge of Thelma and Reuben's hotel suite.

  • Frye entertains Reuben's mother in Atlantic City.

  • Deacon Frye is the subject of an honorary roast.

  • Frye defends Thelma in court-martial proceedings.

  • Thelma is home on a weekend pass for the Christmas holiday, which affords her the perfect opportunity to be the perfect hostess, the perfect cook and the perfect wife-to-be for Rev. Gregory.

  • Fearing he's lost Thelma to Sgt. Burke, Rev. Gregory puts up a fight when she comes home on a weekend pass with the sergeant in tow.

  • Rev. Gregory and the Deacon pay a visit to the Army base after a tough drill sergeant denies misguided private Thelma a weekend pass.

  • Thelma joins the Army, intending to become one lean, mean fighting machine. (Part 1 of 2)

  • Everything goes wrong that could possibly go wrong on Thelma's wedding day; the wrong wedding dress is delivered to the house and Rev. Gregory comes down with wedding-day jitters.

  • Thelma goes overboard at her bridal shower to impress her high school nemesis with reports that she's living the good life.

  • As the congregation prepares for a TV appearance showcasing Sunday services, a street gang terrorizes the neighborhood and threatens to stop Rev. Gregory from delivering his sermon.

  • Frye gets his first big murder case.

  • Everyone thinks Thelma needs help holding on to her man when the svelte ex-fiance of the Reverend's, Maxine Varnay, comes to Philadelphia and makes a beeline for the Reverend, intending to rekindle a love affair.

  • The Deacon's estranged father-in-law, who once disowned the Fryes, lies on his deathbed and tries to reconcile with the Deacon by leaving him an inheritance. But all bets are off when Grandpa Tillman begins to recover.

  • Nobody in the First Community Church can keep a secret. When word gets out that Ruben is about to propose marriage to Thelma, the whole congregation drops what they were doing, and shows up at the church to witness the blessed event. But when the deadline comes and goes, and Rev Gregory doesnt make his move, everyone wonders if it will ever happen.

  • Thelma's (Anna Maria Horsford) obsession with organization drives everyone crazy.