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Sanford and Son 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1972–1977)
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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

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Norman Lear
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6   5   4   3   2   1  
1977   1976   1975   1974   1973   1972  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Redd Foxx ...  Fred G. Sanford / ... 135 episodes, 1972-1977
Demond Wilson ...  Lamont Sanford / ... 135 episodes, 1972-1977
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Storyline

One of television's all-time classic sitcoms, the Norman Lear-produced "Sanford and Son" debuted just three days after the one-year anniversary of Lear's fabulously successful, "All in the Family." Fred Sanford is a cantankerous 65-year-old, black, widowed junk dealer living in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood. Helping him is his restless son, 34-year-old Lamont; Fred's beloved wife and Lamont's mother, Elizabeth, had died more than 20 years earlier. Fred's schemes and bigotry especially toward Julio, a Puerto Rican who was Lamont's friend, whites and other minorities often frustrated Lamont. Fred also showed overt disdain for his sister-in-law, Aunt Esther (the feeling was mutual). Many times, Lamont threatened to leave for meaningful work, but Fred faked a heart attack each time ("Oh, this time its real, I'm a-comin' 'Lizabeth!") as a sympathy ploy to get his son to stay. By 1977, Fred and Lamont had sold their business (stars Foxx and Wilson wanted to leave the series); it became ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(135 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Redd Foxx was suggested for the role after producer Bud Yorkin saw his performance in Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970). See more »

Goofs

The exterior shot of the Sanford house/junk shop as seen in the opening credits does not match the exterior of the house/junk shop as it appeared on the show. In the opening credits shots, the house's front door is seen almost flush against the street with a very small front yard and little to no junk out in front of the house. In the show however, the Sanfords have a huge front yard with piles and piles of junk scattered about and the street is very far from the front door. See more »

Quotes

Fred Sanford: [after Jones and Hoppy have left with the TV set] I hope you're happy, Grady. I'm out of $50 bucks.
Grady: [shouts] You should not have sold my set!
Fred Sanford: You're wrong, Grady. That was *my* set.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits of the episode "The Headache" (4.21), Fred and Lamont's voices can be heard. They're doing a soap opera cliffhanger parody. (Eg. Fred: "Will Lamont leave home?" Lamont: "Will you be quiet?") See more »

Alternate Versions

During the show's network run, a few episodes contained the "N-word". However, when the show began to appear on the TV Land cable network, the word was edited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Streetbeater
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Written and Performed by Quincy Jones
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As Fred might say "That's H-U-M-O-R, period"
18 October 2004 | by colin-69See all my reviews

Easily one of THE greatest shows on TV. All the characters contributed to the flavor of the show; it really WAS magic how everything came together so perfectly without getting bogged down or off track. Racial and personal insults flowed freely but they lacked venom- they were just loaded with laughs. Now really---how seriously could ANYONE take an insult at that level? At one time or another almost all the characters had an insult hurled at them, only to toss it right back in Fred's face; the show never really seemed to have a cruel intent- just a rather ordinary family with rather ordinary friends caught up in zany schemes and predicaments that brought out the best, worst, and funniest in all!


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