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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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Episodes Adapted from "Steptoe and Son" Are the Best!! See more (43 total) »


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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 (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)
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Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) (DVD rating) | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | USA:TV-PG

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The original idea for the show was that it would feature two Italian men because the network didn't think that black characters would work. A test screening was held with Paul Sorvino and Barney Hughes in the roles but the scene didn't work. Eventually, the network relented and let the characters be black.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 »
Melvin:Did you listen to your father?
Fred Sanford:Every time he raised that strap, he had my complete attention.
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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Episodes Adapted from "Steptoe and Son" Are the Best!!, 5 March 2004
Author: John from Southfield, MI

It's already known that `Sanford and Son' was the Americanized version of `Steptoe and Son' of England, created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. `Steptoe' was extremely funny and groundbreaking in England. When the show was brought over to the USA, it's initial transformation to `Sanford and Son' was excellent…in it's early years.

The original premise of `Steptoe' was the direct relationship between the father and son, as the son strives for a better life from the junk business, while his cantankerous father holds him back, due to fear of being alone in his twilight years. Many comedic situations resulted as a result of this conflict.

TVLand currently shows reruns of `Sanford and Son'. If you pay attention to the opening credits, and the writer(s) of the current episode is given, it is sometimes followed by… Based on `The Piano' by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. `The Piano' was an original `Steptoe and Son' episode. This meant that the upcoming `Sanford and Son' episode was merely a retooling of the respective `Steptoe' script for American audiences, now entitled `The Piano Movers'. There were 136 episodes of `Sanford and Son'. If you include all episodes, movies, and TV specials, there were 59 offerings of `Steptoe and Son'. Based on my research, of the 136 `Sanford' episodes, 16 episodes were direct adaptations of the `Steptoe' series. Those `Steptoe' copies were the funniest episodes of the `Sanford and Son' era, due to the exceptional scripts by Galton and Simpson. If you have the DVD, you are able to watch the uncut, unedited versions, which is not the case when watching the TVLand episodes. Other `Steptoe' episodes could not be duplicated because they were either far too oriented in British culture to be adapted for America, or they were considered too crude & vulgar to attempt to tone down for America, although I wish they tried.

Another strong point was the opening theme song by Quincy Jones, as well as the closing theme.

However, due to the extreme popularity of the show, Redd Foxx developed and ego, wanted more money than the producers, and disrupted production of the show to the point where Whitman Mayo (Grady) had to fill in on a temporary basis. This was one of the downsides to the show. Eventually, he came back, and the show labored on. Redd Foxx had marital problems during this time. Being distraught over that, he left the show in 1977, even though the show had more life left.

NBC tried to keep the flame lit by producing `Sanford Arms', which revolved around the Sanford Arm tenants which lived there when Fred and Lamont bought the Sanford Arms when their show was on-the-air. There was also `Sanford.', which did not have Lamont. The less said about these two shows, the better.

All in all, the `Sanford and Son' episodes adapted from the Galton and Simpson scripts from `Steptoe and Son' will always be the better episodes.

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