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14 January 1972 (USA) See more »
The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son. Full summary »
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 111)

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 (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ted Bergman (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 (78 episodes, 1972-1976)
Dick King (36 episodes, 1972-1973)
Chuck Droege (34 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stowell Werden (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Stephen McKeown (5 episodes, 1973-1977)
Bob Veatch (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Gus Aguilera (2 episodes, 1972)
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 (57 episodes, 1972-1974)
Andrew J. Selig .... unit manager (13 episodes, 1972)
Sheri Rougeot Weaver .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Donald Baer .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1972)
Tom 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
William Cole .... audio (37 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ernie Dellutri .... audio (35 episodes, 1973-1977)
Jim Kigar .... audio (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Bill Levitsky .... audio (2 episodes, 1973)
Joe Ralston .... audio (2 episodes, 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 (74 episodes, 1972-1977)
Dick Pickens .... lighting director / lighting (66 episodes, 1972-1977)
Rory O'Connor .... assistant camera (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Freschi .... lighting director (13 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)
Harry Geller .... composer: stock music (2 episodes, 1976)
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: stock music (2 episodes, 1976)
Morton Stevens .... composer: stock music (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Other crew
Carl McCarthy .... stage manager (75 episodes, 1972-1977)
Joanie Rhodes .... script supervisor (65 episodes, 1973-1977)
Anne Hopkins .... assistant to producer (61 episodes, 1972-1974)
O. Tamburri .... technical director (45 episodes, 1972-1977)
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant (44 episodes, 1972-1974)
Sue Nevens .... production assistant / production coordinator (41 episodes, 1973-1977)
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production assistant / production secretary (37 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (34 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Eisenstock .... story editor (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Larry Mintz .... story editor (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bernie Orenstein .... story consultant (16 episodes, 1974-1977)
Saul Turteltaub .... story consultant (16 episodes, 1974-1977)
Cheryl Dawson .... assistant to lead actor (15 episodes, 1972)
Ilunga Adell .... story editor (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jill Cook .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1972)
Katy Dowdalls .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 1974-1976)
Ted Bergman .... story editor / story supervisor (10 episodes, 1974-1976)
Gene Farmer .... story editor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Joan Boyer .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producers (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Randy L. Turtle .... production secretary / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Gene Schwarz .... technical director (4 episodes, 1972)
Ted Baker .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1974-1977)
Gerren Keith .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1972-1975)
Cathy Clark Wortman .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producers (3 episodes, 1977)
Bob Graner .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1973)
Arlando Smith .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Teri Jenkins .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1976)
Mike Maron .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1977)

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30 min (135 episodes)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) (DVD rating) | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

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Julio's departure from the show was never explicitly explained. In the Season 5 subplot about Fred and Lamont opening the Sanford Arms, the Arms are described twice as "Julio's old place" but it's never revealed why Julio was no longer living there.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:What's the matter with you, man?
Fred Sanford:Didn't you read the paper?
Lamont Sanford:No. What happened?
Fred Sanford:Well look here: Lucy stole Linus' blanket and hid it in Snoopy's dog house.
Lamont Sanford:I'm glad you told me, now I won't have to watch the 11:00 news.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Classic Television with some flaws, 15 January 2003
Author: edmundmuskie from America

This was a good series that could have been far better. The profane nightclub comedian Redd Foxx was familiar to audiences only marginally as a performer on many variety shows of the fifties. He gained a further audience as his comedy went to the record store. Still he was not a household name. Norman Lear, the creator of all in the Family produced the series.

The show tried to be a serious account of what it was like for people to survive against all odds. Unfortunately because Redd Foxx wanted it to be the series turned into a too silly sitcom that was silly and unbelievable that at times had horribly bad writing and dialogue. Sometimes the characters and the plots came across as stiff and unbelievable. Still I admire the fact Redd Foxx was a trailblazer that made it easier for black entertainers to become famous on television and the big screen.

The show was a junk dealer named Fred Sanford. He owned the business with his son Lamont, a young ambitious man that wanted to be something better. He was constantly threatening to leave the family business and his father would often resort to saying he was having a heart attack to keep him to stay. Also around was Aunt Esther, Fred's former sister in-law (he was a widower) he was constantly at odds with.

There were many friends around, such as Grady and Bubba who were Fred's friends and Rollo, who was Lamont's friend and was one the fringes of the law. Then there was one of the highlights of the earlier shows Julio, a Hispanic that the bigoted Fred was constantly worried about, and did not want as a neighbor.

The most interesting part of the show was watching Fred Sanford's constant bigotry and seeing him fit into a modern world he did not understand. Unfortunately that part of the show was not explored a lot, the show mostly focused on the almost vaudevillian style of comedy. Fred would often come into all kinds of different costumes, he always was in insult contests with Aunt Esther, and was involved in all kinds of typical sitcom situations like being handcuffed to someone he didn't like, being hypnotized, etc.

The earlier shows showed a lot of promise as to how it would deal with issues, but compared to Norman Lear's most famous creation All in the Family there were very few issues actually explored on the show, and there were hardly any real points of contention between any of the characters on the show compared with the insults Archie Bunker gave one of his family members or neighbors.

Part of the problem was Red Foxx who had his own vision of how the show should be. And while the ratings were very good on his show they could have been better if the show was better. The shows demise came when Redd Foxx left the show unwisely for his own variety series in 1977. The show was still at the top of its ratings and hard broken many black stereotypes on television.

As a result of the show there was finally a black entertainer on television that could be called a superstar. Redd Foxx bridged many gaps in entertainment as he joked about racial problems in America in a way that no comedian could today in a time of staunch political correctness. He followed a very short list of black superstars including Sidney Poitier (who was noticeably absent from public life in the 1970's) and Sammy Davis Jr.

There were two kinds of Sanford and Son Shows: the first was where Fred was always angry and yelling at different people and generally being a bigot. Those were good. Then there were the ones where they humorously explored what it was like to live in a bad neighborhood. There would be con men that would come through his house and all sorts of friends and neighbors. But the show never knew what it wanted to be. The best part of the show was the two cops, Officer Hopkins (Hoppy) and Officer Smith (Smitty) Hoppy was white while Smitty was black.

Hoppy would say something no one would understand and Smitty would translate it. Hoppy always tried to say something in slang and always got it wrong. One of the other great lines I thought was when Fred got a doctor, and the Doctor came in and said if they needed he could be a lawyer on Tuesday and Thursday.

This show is a classic and still loved by generations that followed the show. I think it is a funny show worth looking at but I am surprised at how much more they could have done with the show. It could have been much better. Red Foxx is a brilliant comedian and if you can find a routine of his it is very funny.

Also in the earlier episodes there is Slappy White, a really dirty comedian that was a long time friend of Foxx. The spin-off Sanford came earlier, minus Lamont, and that show was what this show should have been with all of the pointed criticisms of Society and everything. This show is on TV Land a lot so if you wanted to watch it you could.

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