14 January 1972
Lamont buys a porcelain figure for $15 from a silent movie star. After having it appraised, Lamont and Fred decide to sell it at an auction. They attend the auction pretending to be buyers to bid the price even higher. However, things go awry to Lamont's dismay.
21 January 1972
During his birthday celebration, Fred is overwhelmed by a visit to a fancy bar, a movie theater to see Fiddler on the Roof, and dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
28 January 1972
Lamont is excited about his upcoming wedding, but on the big day he quickly finds himself the only one who is. The bride dumps him at the altar, and his relatives beg to get back their wedding gifts.
4 February 1972
Fred and Lamont buy a load of copper from a man who has been stealing it from people in the neighborhood.
11 February 1972
Concerned about his father's smoker's cough, Lamont brings Fred in for a free tuberculosis screening at the American Lung Association's Breathmobile. The test results take his breath away.
18 February 1972
O, what a tangled web Fred weaves when he fakes a robbery to cover-up his careless destruction of Lamont's prized porcelain and glass collection.
25 February 1972
Fed up with his father frustrating his love life, Lamont strikes out on his own and rents a swingin' bachelor pad.
3 March 1972
The Sanfords haven't been paying their bills and now find themselves trapped in their home in a standoff with a process server and a collection agency ready to repossess their unpaid furniture.
10 March 1972
Lamont's keeping a pair of coffins in the living room spooks superstitious Fred.
17 March 1972
Fred's in love and engaged to be married, but not if Lamont can help it.
24 March 1972
In need of a new color television, Fred is upset when Lamont decides to spend the money instead on a new car. Lamont has a change of heart, however, when Fred wanders away from home and is taken to the hospital - with an apparent case of amnesia.
31 March 1972
Lamont's daily haul of junk includes a tattered briefcase stuffed with stolen cash. Will Fred and Lamont decide whether to keep it or turn it over to the police before the crook it belongs to comes looking for it?
7 April 1972
Fred and Donna kiss and make up, sparking Lamont to hatch new plans for putting the kibosh on Cupid.
14 April 1972
It's putting the match to the powder keg when rough and tumble Fred and Lamont are engaged to remove a piano from the lavish Beverly Hills apartment of a cultured antiques collector.
15 September 1972
Freeloading family and friends flock to fleece the golden sheep when Fred plays the numbers.
Season 2, Episode 2: Whiplash22 September 1972
Fred's fine following his fender bender with a Cadillac, but Bubba convinces him to claim whiplash and then lay claim to a gold mine in monetary damages.
Season 2, Episode 3: The Dowry29 September 1972
Cousin Grady's overweight stepdaughter stands to receive a $10,000 dowry on her wedding day, which sets Fred to playing matchmaker with Lamont.
Season 2, Episode 4: Jealousy6 October 1972
When Donna said she would be bringing a patient to dinner, Fred didn't expect the spry and sophisticated Osgood Wilcox.
13 October 1972
After all else fails, fraidy-cat Fred finally agrees to see a dentist for his toothache.
27 October 1972
Lamont won't heed Fred's warnings that he's being played for a sucker by some canny card sharps
3 November 1972
After Fred and Lamont scare away a burglar, they realize that he left his gun at their house. Lamont and Rollo then pressure Fred into going to a pawn shop to try and sell the gun.
10 November 1972
Fred's fighting mad to find that his new neighbor is a Puerto Rican man with a goat.
17 November 1972
Lamont brings home an antique Revolutionary War rifle and Fred finds out whether it can still fire after 200 years.
24 November 1972
After a nasty spat Sanford and Son split up. Fred hires a new man to replace Lamont, who signs on to work with a competing junk dealer.
1 December 1972
A husband-seeking old flame of Fred's returns with a shocking revelation about her daughter, who has sparked a flaming passion in Lamont's heart.
8 December 1972
Fred and Lamont discover that no good deed goes unpunished when the homeless man they help plays the Sanfords for suckers, resisting their every effort to throw him out.
15 December 1972
Two-timing Fred's in the soup when he accidentally double books his dining room table by inviting both his fiancée Donna and the attractive saleswoman Carol over for supper on the same evening.
22 December 1972
Lamont hires a housekeeper, but Fred isn't wild about her being white.
5 January 1973
Behind on their bills, Fred and Lamont look to raise money by throwing a house party and charging admission.
12 January 1973
Fast-thinking Fred fools Lena Horne into visiting the Sanford home after he spins her a sob story about little lame Lamont who looks upon Lena as a second mother.
19 January 1973
Lamont looks to reinvent himself by adopting an African name and lifestyle.
26 January 1973
Lamont just met a girl named Maria, but she's Julio's Puerto Rican sister, and the possibility of an interracial romance ruffles the feathers of both Fred and Mrs. Fuentes.
3 February 1973
Fred announces his engagement to Judy, a woman young enough to have been his daughter-in-law.
9 February 1973
Jealous of Lamont's friendship with Julio, Fred tries to be a buddy to his son.
16 February 1973
Before setting off to sail the world aboard a tramp steamer, Lamont must convince Fred to move into a retirement home.
Season 2, Episode 22: Pot Luck23 February 1973
Lamont takes advantage of an ignorant seller and buys an antique commode for $20, greedily anticipating reselling it for a tremendous profit.
Season 2, Episode 23: The Kid9 March 1973
A lonely latchkey kid stows away on Lamont's truck and spends a day with the Sanfords.
Season 2, Episode 24: Rated X16 March 1973
Fred tags along to a movie casting call that Lamont and Rollo hope will make them respected black actors, not suspecting this film is blue.
14 September 1973
Fred is uneasy with Lamont's rehearsing Othello with a white actress in their home, so Marilyn invites Fred and Lamont to come to her home in Beverly Hills.
21 September 1973
As an astrologer tells Lamont that as a Libra he must avoid strife and arguing, hypochondriac Fred is home suffering from gas after eating eight-day-old collard greens.
28 September 1973
Fred, fearing retaliation after witnessing a robbery at Julio's, is unwilling to get involved by describing the burglars to the police.
5 October 1973
The Three Degrees, the Philadelphia-based singing trio, are the Sanfords' house-guests. The ladies perform "I Didn't Know" for Fred.
12 October 1973
Grady claims the television Fred got for a steal from Guy's Groovy Grabbag was indeed stolen--from him.
19 October 1973
Fred fears Lamont and Rollo are homosexuals after Bubba reports seeing them go into the Gay Blade Bar.
26 October 1973
Feeling betrayed when Lamont starts a sideline business with Julio, Fred moves out and into a downtown flophouse.
Season 3, Episode 8: Superflyer2 November 1973
Fred's Uncle Leotis dies and leaves him $1,500, but the catch to collecting it is Fred and Lamont must fly to St. Louis and oversee the funeral arrangements. But steady Freddy isn't sure he's ready to take his first flight in an airplane.
9 November 1973
Fred and Donna are to be married on Sunday, but Lamont plots to put them asunder before the Lord joins them together by inviting to the wedding his Aunt Esther and the rest of Fred's irascible in-laws.
16 November 1973
Lamont becomes annoyed that Fred is constantly playing old blues records featuring a band named Blind Mellow Jelly. Then, he finds out the records are rare and could be worth several hundred dollars.
23 November 1973
Lamont suffers buyer's remorse after the pool table he gave Fred for his birthday brings the boys over for billiards every day while Fred's work and girlfriend Donna go neglected.
30 November 1973
Fred seizes a financial opportunity when Grady gripes about his neighbors' fighting: invite Grady to come live in serenity for $60 a month with him and Lamont.
14 December 1973
Depressed about death and growing old, Fred and his drinking buddies determine to think young and go for the gusto by throwing a wild party, inviting topless waitress Fast Fanny and four of her fast friends to spice it up.
4 January 1974
Fred's feathers get ruffled when an old friend from St. Louis comes to town claiming to be Lamont's actual father.
11 January 1974
When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system.
18 January 1974
Fred, petty and prejudiced against his Puerto Rican neighbor, hires a surveyor to mark the legal property line to ensure Julio keeps his stuff off the Sanford side.
1 February 1974
After learning about the dangers and high risk of heart disease, Lamont plots to get his heart attack-prone father to the hospital for a cardio check-up.
8 February 1974
Lamont and Rollo don't want to invite fuddy-duddy Fred to their party with a pair of live-wire women from Detroit.
15 February 1974
Lamont learns karate to defend himself against bully Jo Jo Jackson.
22 February 1974
A woman Fred wooed over one too many boilermakers comes looking to take him up on his marriage proposal. Betty is bent on getting satisfaction and skeptical of Grady's insisting he's not Fred
1 March 1974
With Fred away in St. Louis, Grady is put in charge of the house. He quickly makes his presence known by keeping Aunt Esther out and preventing Lamont from bringing girls home.
8 March 1974
"I'm not a cream puff!" declares Uncle Woody after Grady gives him an empowering man-to-man talk and sends him home to reclaim his castle. But Aunt Esther doesn't appreciate Grady's making a man of her mouse and shows that hell hath no fury like the wife of a worm turned.
15 March 1974
Lamont's looking for a little lovin', but new girlfriend Judy is looking to settle down. When Lamont tells Judy he can't get married because his godfather Grady would disapprove, Judy sets to winning Grady's approval with a smile and a smoked pork butt, which sets Grady jumping to conclusions.
29 March 1974
Grady's cousin Emma blows in from the Windy City and promises to make the living easy for the two men, but Lamont has his doubts, especially after being bumped from his bedroom and having to share a bed with Grady.
13 September 1974
Fred returns from St. Louis to a welcome home surprise party. Lamont must exercise diplomacy and peacekeeping after he bruises the feelings of both Fred and Grady.
20 September 1974
Lamont stands to inherit $7,000 if within a year he marries and has a son named after his late uncle George. Fred sees dollar signs, so he and Grady set to making marriage bells ring by turning to a computer dating service.
27 September 1974
Fred is celebrating 35 years in the junk business and snoops and finds his intended gift: a signet ring with his initials on it that Rollo got for a good price. Then Fred learns that among the items recently stolen from Frank Sinatra's hotel room was an initialed signet ring.
4 October 1974
Fred fears wedding bells will break up his beautiful friendship after Grady announces he's engaged to Dolly, so Fred plots to puncture the romance.
11 October 1974
Lamont moves out after a fight with Fred, but Fred lures his son back by agreeing to allow Lamont's eccentric encounter group to hold its meeting in their home. This episode introduces the recurring character Ah Chew.
18 October 1974
To get a better tax break and increase their income, Lamont gets a job as a clerk at a haberdashery and Fred considers closing down Sanford & Son.
25 October 1974
A Japanese real estate firm wants to buy and tear down all the properties on the Sanfords' block in order to build a brewery.
1 November 1974
Fred buys a retired thoroughbred racehorse, betting on a big profit after selling him as a breeding stud.
8 November 1974
Fred's tender side is stirred when his niece Elizabeth comes to visit and bears a striking resemblance to his late wife.
15 November 1974
Allergic to Chico the goat, Julio's sister and young nephew stay with the Sanfords. Controversy arises when young Roberto is placed down a grade in school because of his poor English skills.
29 November 1974
Among the vegetables growing in Grady's garden is "wild parsley," only Lamont and Rollo recognize it by a different name: marijuana!
6 December 1974
A visit to a gallery of abstract art inspires Fred to create his magnum opus: a towering heap of junk.
13 December 1974
Grady receives an extra Social Security check by mistake and wastes no time celebrating his windfall, but the wind falls from his sails when he learns Mr. Hastings from the Social Security office is on his way over to the house.
Season 4, Episode 14: The Merger20 December 1974
The Sanfords and Julio agree to merge their competing junkyards and bank on business booming after they broadcast a television commercial.
27 December 1974
Grady gets uptight when Lamont brings his ex-convict friend Herman home to stay until he can find a job.
17 January 1975
The Sanfords welcome Fred's buddies Bow Legs and Al, who are bringing their song, dance and comedy act to an LA nightclub. When Al hurts his back, Fred and Lamont step up and step out in this revue episode highlighted by Billy Eckstine singing "Jelly Jelly."
24 January 1975
Praise for Lamont's impassioned call into a radio political program sparks him to run for the state assembly. Will it be Mr. Sanford goes to Sacramento?
31 January 1975
In this spoof of "Let's Make a Deal," Fred, Grady and Bubba appear as contestants on "Wheel and Deal," hoping to win a new car as a birthday present for Lamont.
Season 4, Episode 19: Golden Boy7 February 1975
Fred hopes to get rich quick by becoming co-owner of a boxer dubbed Junior Joe Louis. It then becomes Fred and Grady's job to get Junior into fighting shape before Friday's bout.
14 February 1975
Fred is bothered and bewildered by his baby sister's marriage to a white man.
21 February 1975
Lamont's headache drives him to the psychologist's couch, where it is suggested the pain in Lamont's head is caused by the pain in the neck he lives with.
Season 4, Episode 22: The Stung28 February 1975
Tired of Lamont telling him he's a loser at cards, Fred and his professional gambler friend play a prank on Lamont and his poker pals. But will Fred be left holding the dead man's hand?
7 March 1975
Fred and Grady don disguises to discover the cougar who has her claws in Lamont's heart.
14 March 1975
Lamont misunderstands the doctor and believes Fred has only six months to live and lavished love and kindness upon him. Fred's content to ride the gravy train, though it may land him in the soup.
25 April 1975
The story of Grady and his eyebrow-raising gift to his daughter and son-in-law just before their cocktail party for stuffy university professors.
12 September 1975
An earthquake shakes up the Sanfords, and the threat of an even bigger quake sparks Fred to sell the house and seek shelter in Las Vegas.
19 September 1975
Following a fight with Woodrow, Aunt Esther moves in with Fred and Lamont. Fred works overtime engineering a reconciliation so she'll return home.
26 September 1975
Fred and Lamont are applying for a loan to finance their purchase of Julio's former property when a pair of robbers burst into the bank.
3 October 1975
With the bank ready to foreclose, Fred and Lamont desperately seek to find tenants for the Sanford Arms.
10 October 1975
The series spoofs itself when the characters in the new television show "Steinberg and Son" turn out to be Borscht Belt parallels to those in the life of Fred G. Sanford.
17 October 1975
When Fred's white brother-in-law Rodney lands a job emceeing a local vaudeville revival, Fred, Lamont and Smiley Rogers help out by providing the song and dance.
31 October 1975
When two competing politicians each seek to use Fred's junkyard for a campaign headquarters, Della Reese appeals to Fred to stand by her man.
7 November 1975
After receiving a proposal from another man, Donna gives Fred one final chance to marry her.
14 November 1975
Fred becomes a latter-day Henry Higgins when he undertakes the task of transforming ugly duckling Esther into a swan so she can win the Mrs. Watts Businessman's Contest and net Fred half the prize money.
21 November 1975
Fred and Ah Chew team up and turn the Sanford home into a Japanese restaurant.
5 December 1975
Jealous of Donna's athletic new boyfriend, Fred begins training so he can challenge him in the Senior Olympics.
12 December 1975
Tightfisted Fred gets a ghostly wake-up call in this spoof of "A Christmas Carol."
2 January 1976
Fred is wounded while witnessing a mob hit and is hospitalized under police protection until he can identify Mr. Big.
9 January 1976
Fred plans to get rich quick by selling Whopper Chopper food processors, using Lamont's acting school tuition money to make his initial investment.
16 January 1976
While babysitting an elephant, Fred holds a circus in the junkyard, allowing the cast to display their talents, especially Aunt Esther as the Bronze Goddess.
23 January 1976
A very pregnant woman rents Lamont's room for the week he's away on a fishing trip.
30 January 1976
Fred's lifestyle of too much TV and too little exercise has Lamont concerned for his father's health, so Fred undergoes hypnotism to break his addiction to television.
6 February 1976
When Lamont falls in love with a mysterious woman, Fred and Esther play amateur sleuths to learn more about her.
13 February 1976
When Fred's friend Elroy can't find a date, Fred's inspired to launch his latest get rich quick scheme: an escort service for seniors.
20 February 1976
Lamont musters the courage to pop the question to Janet.
27 February 1976
Starstruck Fred assumes the director's chair when the champ George Foreman comes to star in a play for Lamont's theater workshop.
5 March 1976
Fred's friends have got his back, as he discovers when he suffers from a backache on the day he is to receive the Watts Businessman's award and his friends rush to his aid with all kinds of quack cures.
12 March 1976
Fred regales young Roger with tall tales of his World war II exploits that draw more from the late movie than the history books.
19 March 1976
Lamont brings Fred along on a camping trip to have some solitude and quality time together. Fred is no friend of nature and does nothing but complain...when the truck won't start they are stranded and begin to reminisce about old times.
24 September 1976
Luring Fred and Lamont to Hawaii, a trio of jewel thieves plot to make Fred their mule for smuggling stolen diamonds to California.
1 October 1976
Fred and Lamont visit Hawaii tourist attractions while running for their lives from the jewel thieves.
8 October 1976
While Fred and Lamont are digging a garden, oil is discovered underground at the junk yard. Fred sees millions but before any money can be paid it must first be tested.
15 October 1976
The police are looking for a fence named Alex Hacker who's been spotted coming in and out of The Sanford Arms. They use Fred and Lamont's home to stakeout the Arms. Meanwhile, Fred has a crush on a new lady tenant.
22 October 1976
Fred is determined to break Choo Choo Rabinowitz's official world record for the longest amount of time staying awake.
5 November 1976
A couple of con men sucker Fred into running a rigged lucky number contest for which the crooks secretly hold the winning ticket.
12 November 1976
Soon after Fred is appointed to serve on a mayor's committee he is sought out by a slumlord offering a bribe for political favors.
19 November 1976
Fred works nights as a bus boy in a fancy restaurant so he can begin paying back the $6,000 bank loan he took out in order to give Lamont an impressive wedding gift.
Season 6, Episode 9: Carol26 November 1976
Fred's old friend Carol shows up after 40 years, stirring up memories and sparking a flashback to the Summer of 1936 when Fred was a pool hustler in Cleveland.
3 December 1976
Esther and Woody plan to be parents for the first time, but for it to happen Esther is going to need Fred's help.
7 December 1976
Misunderstandings abound and compound when Fred's friends try to honor his fortieth year in business with a secret surprise.
10 December 1976
Esther and Woody welcome their son Daniel, but quickly discover they must practice the forgiveness that Esther preaches.
17 December 1976
Fred, Lamont, Donna and Bubba attend a taping of "The Gong Show" and are inspired to audition as contestants, bringing their musical act onto the show.
14 January 1977
The fourth wall falls when Fred enters NBC's Redd Foxx look-alike contest and eagerly anticipates meeting his idol face to face.
21 January 1977
Rehearsing his magic act, Grady snaps a pair of trick shackles onto Fred and Esther, only to discover the instructions for removing them are printed in Chinese.
28 January 1977
Lamont fears Fred is going deaf, and Fred is content to play along and milk sympathy from Lamont and Donna.
4 February 1977
Lamont's engagement to Janet is jeopardized by the unexpected return of her ex-husband John.
11 February 1977
To avoid paying taxes, Fred buys a mail-order clergy ordination and transforms his home into the Chapel on the Junkpile for the church of the Seventh-Day Junkists.
Season 6, Episode 19: The Will18 February 1977
Fred suffers amnesia after being bludgeoned with Esther's silver-plated Bible. Having looked death in the face, Fred wants to get his affairs in order and so prepares his last will and testament and summons his friends for its reading.
25 February 1977
Angered by the age discrimination policy of a local stereo dealer, Fred rallies a troop of Gray Foxes and leads the charge to change the policy.
4 March 1977
Fred and Lamont need to raise $4,000 by Friday or lose the Sanford Arms. Fred plans to parlay his $500 savings into the needed amount by playing poker, betting on horses and letting it ride in Las Vegas.
11 March 1977
Inspired by Alex Haley's "Roots," Fred orders a family crest and genealogical scroll that states he's African royalty and a descendant of the Jewish Ethiopian Falashas.
18 March 1977
Aspiring songwriter Fred invites B.B. King to dinner, but panics upon reading in the blues legend's biography that the singer has sworn to get even with the man who long ago stole his St. Louis sweetheart "E.W.", a woman matching Elizabeth's description.
25 March 1977
For a month Fred and Bubba have been sneaking out at night, concerning family and friends and leading Donna to fear that Fred has fallen for another woman.
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