Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

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 Fred G. Sanford / ... (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
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 Lamont Sanford / ... (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
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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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The network was not eager to cast Redd Foxx in the lead. Foxx had been a stand-up comedian whose material was very blue. In order to get the network to relent, a test screening was held at CBS (not NBC) with the network executives and the cast of Norman Lear's hit All in the Family in attendance. According to producer Aaron Ruben, the gag that eventually sold the show was Fred's fake heart attack. This also helped to prove that a black cast could lead the show. 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

Lamont Sanford: Look at this, Pop. Monday morning - bingo. Tuesday evening - Doctor Talbot's lecture on the cause and cure of constipation.
Fred Sanford: Wednesday morning - bingo!
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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 »

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If I Didn't Care
Composed by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Redd Foxx
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As Fred might say "That's H-U-M-O-R, period"
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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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