Jim Bowman is a character in the episode titled "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood" (Season 1, episode #8). He was played by Vincent Gardenia, who would appear in a later episode as Curtis Remply, in Episode 7 of Season 3 (as a swinger opposite Rue McClanahan), then as a cast regular in the part of liberal-minded househusband Frank Lorenzo in season 4 opposite Betty Garrett who would play his factory-working, mechanically-inclined, liberal wife Irene.

He is the nervous next door neighbor of Archie who, after the death of his wife, sought to move out of their home, and needing to find a more affordable place to live, desperately and secretly sold his house to the Jeffersons amid pressure from the neighborhood not to sell to a minority.