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14 January 1972 (USA) See more »
The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son. Full summary »
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Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford / ... (135 episodes, 1972-1977)

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford / ... (135 episodes, 1972-1977)

Series Directed by
Peter Baldwin (21 episodes, 1972-1974)
Alan Rafkin (17 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jack Shea (15 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bill Foster (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
Norman Abbott (11 episodes, 1974-1976)
Russ Petranto (9 episodes, 1977)
Bud Yorkin (7 episodes, 1972-1975)
Mark Warren (7 episodes, 1973-1976)
Stan Lathan (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
James Sheldon (6 episodes, 1975-1976)
Rick Edelstein (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Herbert Kenwith (3 episodes, 1974)
Bob LaHendro (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Charles S. Dubin (2 episodes, 1972)
Sid McCoy (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Hal Cooper (2 episodes, 1974)
Series Writing credits
Ray Galton (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Norman Lear (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Alan Simpson (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Bernie Orenstein (22 episodes, 1974-1977)
Saul Turteltaub (22 episodes, 1974-1977)
Aaron Ruben (21 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ilunga Adell (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ted Bergmann (11 episodes, 1974-1976)
Gene Farmer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jerry Ross (8 episodes, 1974-1976)
Allan Katz (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Don Reo (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Eisenstock (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
Larry Mintz (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
Garry Shandling (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Paul Mooney (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
James Fritzell (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Everett Greenbaum (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bob Illes (3 episodes, 1973)
James R. Stein (3 episodes, 1973)
Rick Mittleman (3 episodes, 1974-1977)
Lloyd Garver (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ken Hecht (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Richard Pryor (2 episodes, 1972)
Winston Moss (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arnie Rosen (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Redd Foxx (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert Garland (2 episodes, 1975)
George Yanok (2 episodes, 1975)
Earl Barret (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Norman Lear .... executive producer (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Bud Yorkin .... executive producer (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Norman C. Hopps .... associate producer (134 episodes, 1972-1977)
Bernie Orenstein .... producer (73 episodes, 1974-1977)
Saul Turteltaub .... producer (73 episodes, 1974-1977)
Aaron Ruben .... producer (62 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Film Editing by
Ken Denisoff (29 episodes, 1972-1976)
Chuck Droege (12 episodes, 1973-1974)
Dick King (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Stowell Werden (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bob Veatch (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Stephen McKeown (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Casting by
Jane Murray (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Series Art Direction by
Edward Stephenson (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Series Costume Design by
Rita Riggs (84 episodes, 1972-1975)
Lee Smith (59 episodes, 1974-1977)
Series Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Mari Loshin .... hair stylist (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Production Management
Robert L. Shannon .... unit manager (18 episodes, 1972-1974)
Sheri Rougeot Weaver .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Andrew J. Selig .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1972)
Thomas Hulbert .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William R. Wyse .... associate director (133 episodes, 1972-1977)
Series Sound Department
Ernie Dellutri .... audio (18 episodes, 1973-1977)
William Cole .... audio (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jim Kigar .... audio (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Reed Howard .... camera operator (99 episodes, 1972-1977)
Roy Holm .... camera operator (79 episodes, 1972-1977)
Les Shaw .... video / video operator (28 episodes, 1972-1977)
Dick Pickens .... lighting director / lighting (25 episodes, 1972-1977)
Rory O'Connor .... assistant camera (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Freschi .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1972)
Joe Williams .... video (2 episodes, 1972)
Series Music Department
Quincy Jones .... composer: theme music "Street Beater" (135 episodes, 1972-1977)
Tommy Morgan .... composer: theme music / musician: harmonica (111 episodes, 1972-1976)
Series Other crew
Joanie Rhodes .... script supervisor (42 episodes, 1973-1977)
Carl McCarthy .... stage manager (29 episodes, 1972-1977)
Alan Eisenstock .... story editor (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Larry Mintz .... story editor (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
O. Tamburri .... technical director (23 episodes, 1972-1977)
Anne Hopkins .... assistant to producer (20 episodes, 1972-1974)
Sue Nevens .... production assistant / production coordinator (18 episodes, 1973-1977)
Cheryl Dawson .... assistant to lead actor (15 episodes, 1972)
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant (14 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bernie Orenstein .... story consultant (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
Saul Turteltaub .... story consultant (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production assistant / production secretary (11 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ted Bergmann .... story editor / story supervisor (6 episodes, 1974-1976)
Joan Boyer .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producers (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jill Cook .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 1972)
Katy Dowdalls .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1974-1976)
Randy L. Turtle .... production secretary / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Ilunga Adell .... story editor (3 episodes, 1974)
Gene Farmer .... story editor (3 episodes, 1974)
Cathy Clark Wortman .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producers (3 episodes, 1977)
Gerren Keith .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1972-1975)
Arlando Smith .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Teri Jenkins .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1976)
Ted Baker .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Mike Maron .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1977)

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30 min (135 episodes)
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Redd Foxx and LaWanda Page had been friends since childhood, and she was his first and only choice to play Fred's sister-in-law Esther. Producers wanted to fire Page due to her inexperience on-camera. But Foxx threatened to quit the show if Page was fired.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Lamont Sanford:Pop, that's what the welfare thing was setup for: for people in financial trouble. What do you think we pay taxes for? We'd just be taking advantage of something that was setup for people like us.
Fred Sanford:What do you mean 'people like us'?
Lamont Sanford:Poor people. The have nots.
Fred Sanford:The have nots? Well if the have nots could get something from the haves and the haves gave the have nots half of what they have, then the haves would still be the haves but the have nots would be the have somethings.
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Classic 70's television., 1 October 2004

Sanford and Son (1972) was a classic American television sitcom that was based upon the B.B.C. tele-comedy show Steptoe and Son. Whilst Steptoe and Son dealt with the "Rag and bone" business, Sanford and Son dealt with the "junk" business. A perfect vehicle for stand up comic and performer Redd Foxx. Many people felt that he couldn't make the transition from party records and blue humor to the restrained format of television. He proved them wrong. During the first couple of seasons some of the episodes (including the pilot) were Americanized versions of Steptoe and Son.

The show became a huge hit for N.B.C. and the series lasted for six seasons.

the "classic" episodes of this show were written by Paul Mooney and Gary Shandling. The best seasons happen to be the second and fifth, many classic episodes debuted during that time. Aunt Esther was Fred's nemesis, Rollo was Lamont's best friend and another thorn in Fred's side. Fred also has his buddies Bubba and Grady. Fred was involved with Donna to whom he was engaged to throughout the series. Redd Foxx always had problems with the producers of the show and he used his leverage as the star to get his stand-up comic friends on T.V. Performers such as Pat Morita, "Slappy" White, Scatman Crothers and the comic team of Leroy and Skillet all received spots or recurring roles on the show.

Thanks to D.V.D. and syndication, Sanford and Son will live on forever and future generations will enjoy the humor of Redd Foxx and company. Sanford and Son spawned two spin-offs and a sequel series.

A highly recommended show.

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