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14 January 1972 (USA) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 109)

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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In the second episode it is revealed that Lamont's middle name is Grady. But in Season 6 episode "The Lucky Streak," Fred admits that Lamont is his middle name and that he actually has no first name because he and Elizabeth never got around to it.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 »
Fred Sanford:[about Esther] This is our plumber but you can see that the pipes have backed up into her face.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A 70s Sitcom Classic, 29 February 2008
Author: hfan77 from St. Louis Park, MN

Norman Lear's second sitcom Sanford and Son is definitely a 70s classic. Redd Foxx's portrayal of Fred Sanford is so funny, yet he was bigoted like Archie Bunker. He also had great chemistry with Demond Wilson, who played his son Lamont. Though Lamont was the smarter of the two, Fred kept calling him "Dummy" which I thought wasn't very nice. What made the show funny for me was Fred's frequent phony heart attacks when he would clutch his heart and bellow "OHH! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! YOU HEAR THAT ELIZABETH, I'M COMING TO JOIN YOU!!" Every time he did that, i would crack up laughing. The other phrase he constantly used was variations on "How would you like five across your lip?"

What also made Sanford and Son stand out was the chemistry between Foxx and LaWanda Page, who played Aunt Esther. Both were long-time friends who grew up in St. Louis. I thought Page delivered her lines with gusto and really brought her character to life.

My only dislike of the show were the episodes without Foxx, who sat out due to a contract dispute and were centered around Grady. Whitman Mayo was an outstanding supporting player, but I felt he couldn't carry the show as a lead actor and that was why his spin off Grady was short-lived. It was like watching an episode of The Honeymooners without Jackie Gleason.

There were a lot of good episodes, but two of my favorites were the Gong Show episode and Steinberg and Son, a TV show that mirrored the Sanford's lives. Each season of Sanford and Son is on DVD so if you haven't seen them, do so. You won't worry about commercials.

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