Sanford and Son

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Sanford and Son first aired in January of 1972 on NBC as a mid-season replacement. The series was the second series created by the All in the Family creator, Norman Lear and it was based on the British sitcom, Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was the first sitcom that Lear created that had a cast composed mostly of African Americans. Lear would follow it up in 1974 with Good Times and The Jeffersons in 1975. Sanford and Son was also the only Lear sitcom that didn't air on CBS. Sanford and Son starred stand-up comedian, Redd Foxx as 65-year old junk collector, Fred Sanford. Fred ran his junk collection business from his home located in Los Angeles. His home was run-down but it was comfortable enough for him and his son, Lamont, with whom he lived with and who was a partner in the business. Lamont was dissatisfied with the business and would threaten to leave but Fred would fake a heart attack and yell "I'm coming, Elizabeth." Elizabeth had been Fred's wife who had preceded him in death. Other members of the cast and recurring characters included, Aunt Esther Anderson, Elizabeth's "ugly" Bible-toting sister who was married to wino Woody Anderson. Donna Harris, was Fred's steady girlfriend who worked as a nurse. Grady Wilson, Melvin and Bubba Bexley were good friends of Fred's while Rollo Lawson, Ah Chew and Julio Fuentes were friends of Lamont's. Officer Smith "Smitty", Officer Hopkins "Hoppy" and Officer Swanhauser "Swanny" were police officers who were seen occasionally. At the end of the 3rd season and the beginning of the 4th season, nine episodes (production numbers 0320-0325 and 0401-0403) were filmed without Redd Foxx who underwent contract negotiations that led to a hiatus. It was explained that Fred was in St. Louis visiting family and Grady Wilson moved in temporarily to watch over Lamont. During the first couple of seasons of Sanford and Son, episodes of Steptoe and Son were re-done and are marked with a note in the episode guide. Spin-offs: Grady, The Sanford Arms and Sanford NBC Broadcast History January 1972-April 1976----Fridays----8:00 p.m. April-August 1976----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1976-September 1977----Fridays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #6 in the 1971-1972 Season #2 in the 1972-1973 Season #3 in the 1973-1974 Season #2 in the 1974-1975 Season #7 in the 1975-1976 Season #27 in the 1976-1977 Season First Telecast: January 14, 1972 Last Telecast: September 2, 1977 Episodes: 136 Color Episodes Theme Song: "The Streetbeater" Written by: Quincy Jones Performed by: Quincy Jones (Instrumental)moreless
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  • Great Classic

    10
    As the first black sitcom in tv, Sanford and Son aired January 14, 1972.. two days after I was born! I enjoyed it as a kid and love it til this day. I have all 5 seasons on DVD and it still can be seen on TV One on Wednesdays and Saturdays!! I crack up til this day; Redd Foxx, Demons Wilson, and the entire cast made this show a forever classic and apart of American television history.moreless
  • My Favorite TV Show

    9.5
    Why does Sanford and Son no longer comes on TV? I used to rush home from work just to watch Fred and Lamont. Since I switched to Dish, I can not find not one episode. So disappointment :(.
  • When you think of Fred Sanford, you think of junk!

    8.0
    Sanford & Son was a sitcom created from the fertile mind of Norman Lear & a hit for NBC from 1972-77. Redd Foxx plays the irascible junk man Fred Sanford, a widower who runs a junkyard with his son, Lamont portrayed by Demond Wilson who puts up with his father's shortcomings.



    Fred Sanford maybe in his twilight years, but his wit is sharp enough to cut down a California redwood. Fred also has some friends like the slow-witted Grady and jolly Bubba. He also has some not-quite enemies like Aunt Esther & Rollo.



    I first saw this show back in the 70's when it was rerun in the Summer on NBC & have become a huge fan since. Not all of the episodes are considered to be classic, but the show can be funny nonetheless.moreless
  • Great...

    10
    Sanford and Son first aired in January of 1972 on NBC as a mid-season replacement. The series was the second series created by the All in the Family creator, Norman Lear and it was based on the British sitcom, Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was the first sitcom that Lear created that had a cast composed mostly of African Americans. Lear would follow it up in 1974 with Good Times and The Jeffersons in 1975. Sanford and Son was also the only Lear sitcom that didn't air on CBS.



    Overall, 10/10 Great show

    Thats all for this review. . .moreless
  • A grumpy old African American widower and his son run a junkyard in a Los Angeles suburb.

    9.7
    One of the greatest and most influential TV shows in history. Fred Sanford is a fine speciman of a man; lying, cheating, drinking, and being annoying and abusive to everyone he comes into contact with, but still deep down a loving and passionate. Lamont, his long-suffering son, also has some rough edges, which really brings to light the fact that nobody is perfect, and sometimes you turn out being just like the company you keep. Really a great show, almost reminding me of an African American All in the Family. i highly recommend it for some great, and occasionaly incorrect humor.moreless
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