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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Year: 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Crossed Swords

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
William Lanteau ... Clerk
Robert Mandan ... Auctioneer
Gilchrist Stuart ... Auction Bidder (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Happy Birthday, Pop

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Jack Manning ... Man in Restaurant
Eddie Carroll ... Bartender (as Eddy Carroll)
Harold Fong ... Waiter
Stefanianna Christopherson ... Hat Check Girl (as Indira Danks)

Season 1, Episode 3: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Alvin Childress ... Reverend Trimble

Paulene Myers ... Mrs. Simpson
Royce Wallace ... Aunt Rosetta
Lance Taylor Sr. ... Uncle Edgar
Lillian Randolph ... Aunt Hazel

Carol Speed ... Crystal Simpson
Bardu Ali ... Oliver Simpson

Tina Andrews ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Stanley Bennett Clay ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Dave Turner ... Paul (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 4: The Copper Caper

4 February 1972
Fred and Lamont buy a load of copper from a man who has been stealing it from people in the neighborhood.

Season 1, Episode 5: A Matter of Life and Breath

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.

Season 1, Episode 6: We Were Robbed

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.

Season 1, Episode 7: A Pad for Lamont

25 February 1972
Fed up with his father frustrating his love life, Lamont strikes out on his own and rents a swingin' bachelor pad.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Great Sanford Siege

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.

Season 1, Episode 9: Coffins for Sale

10 March 1972
Lamont's keeping a pair of coffins in the living room spooks superstitious Fred.

Season 1, Episode 10: The Barracuda

17 March 1972
Fred's in love and engaged to be married, but not if Lamont can help it.

Season 1, Episode 11: TV or Not TV

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.

Season 1, Episode 12: The Suitcase Case

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?

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Gabriel Dell ... Gunman (as Gabe Dell)
Noam Pitlik ... Officer 'Swanny' Swanhauser

Hal Williams ... Officer 'Smitty' Smith

Florida Friebus ... Woman

Season 1, Episode 13: The Return of the Barracuda

7 April 1972
Fred and Donna kiss and make up, sparking Lamont to hatch new plans for putting the kibosh on Cupid.

Season 1, Episode 14: The Piano Movers

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.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: By the Numbers

15 September 1972
Freeloading family and friends flock to fleece the golden sheep when Fred plays the numbers.

Season 2, Episode 2: Whiplash

22 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 Dowry

29 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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Albert Reed ... Grady
Marguerite Ray ... Margaret
Gladys Perry ... Betty Jean
Kathy McKee ... Alberta (as Kathrine McKee)

Season 2, Episode 4: Jealousy

6 October 1972
When Donna said she would be bringing a patient to dinner, Fred didn't expect the spry and sophisticated Osgood Wilcox.

Season 2, Episode 5: Tooth or Consequences

13 October 1972
After all else fails, fraidy-cat Fred finally agrees to see a dentist for his toothache.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Hal England ... 2nd Dentist
Ellaraino ... Receptionist (as Ella Edwards)
Sid McCoy ... Dr. Rogers
Ray Oliver ... Hypnotist Professor Sylvester Poe

Season 2, Episode 6: The Card Sharps

27 October 1972
Lamont won't heed Fred's warnings that he's being played for a sucker by some canny card sharps

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Thalmus Rasulala ... Skeeter Matthews

Ron Glass ... Hucklebuck
David Moses ... Rooster

Season 2, Episode 7: Have Gun, Will Sell

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.

Season 2, Episode 8: The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!

10 November 1972
Fred's fighting mad to find that his new neighbor is a Puerto Rican man with a goat.

Season 2, Episode 9: The Shootout

17 November 1972
Lamont brings home an antique Revolutionary War rifle and Fred finds out whether it can still fire after 200 years.

Season 2, Episode 10: Blood Is Thicker Than Junk

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Roger E. Mosley ... Norman Blood (as Roger Mosley)
Vernon Weddle ... Mr. Clifford

Season 2, Episode 11: Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Ja'net DuBois ... Juanita Grismore
Emily Yancy ... Alice Grismore

Season 2, Episode 12: A Guest in the Yard

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.

Season 2, Episode 13: Fred & Carol and Fred & Donna

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.

Season 2, Episode 14: The Light Housekeeper

22 December 1972
Lamont hires a housekeeper, but Fred isn't wild about her being white.

Season 2, Episode 15: The Big Party

5 January 1973
Behind on their bills, Fred and Lamont look to raise money by throwing a house party and charging admission.

Season 2, Episode 16: A Visit from Lena Horne

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Lena Horne ... Lena Horne

John Amos ... Luther
Leroy Daniels ... Lucky Leroy
Ernest Mayhand ... Slick Skillet (as Ernest Skillet Mayhand)

Joan Prather ... Tour Guide
Robert Munk ... Chauffeur
Arthur Matthews ... Art
Billy Allyn ... Billy

Season 2, Episode 17: Lamont Goes African

19 January 1973
Lamont looks to reinvent himself by adopting an African name and lifestyle.

Season 2, Episode 18: Watts Side Story

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Gregory Sierra ... Julio Fuentes
Alma Beltran ... Providencia Fuentes
Leroy Daniels ... Lucky Leroy
Ernest Mayhand ... Slick Skillet

Migdia Chinea ... Maria Fuentes (as Migdia Varela)
Harold Fong ... Waiter

Season 2, Episode 19: The Infernal Triangle

3 February 1973
Fred announces his engagement to Judy, a woman young enough to have been his daughter-in-law.

Season 2, Episode 20: Pops 'n' Pals

9 February 1973
Jealous of Lamont's friendship with Julio, Fred tries to be a buddy to his son.

Season 2, Episode 21: Home Sweet Home for the Aged

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 Luck

23 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 Kid

9 March 1973
A lonely latchkey kid stows away on Lamont's truck and spends a day with the Sanfords.

Season 2, Episode 24: Rated X

16 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.

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Lamont as Othello

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.

Season 3, Episode 2: Libra Rising All Over Lamont

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.

Season 3, Episode 3: Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

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.

Season 3, Episode 4: Presenting the Three Degrees

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Sheila Ferguson ... Herself
Valerie Holiday ... Herself
Fayette Pinkney ... Herself
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Jim Cato ... M.C.
Kurt Taylor ... Kurt Taylor
Ernest Mayhand ... Slick Skillet
Leroy Daniels ... Lucky Leroy

Dwan Smith ... Waitress
Juan DeCarlos ... Bouncer
Bob Gordon ... Gabriel Gordon

Season 3, Episode 5: This Little TV Went to Market

12 October 1973
Grady claims the television Fred got for a steal from Guy's Groovy Grabbag was indeed stolen--from him.

Season 3, Episode 6: Lamont, Is That You?

19 October 1973
Fred fears Lamont and Rollo are homosexuals after Bubba reports seeing them go into the Gay Blade Bar.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson

Davis Roberts ... Dr. Caldwell
Cardella Di Milo ... Lucille Pinkney (as Cardella De Milo)

Jeannie Bell ... Judy Ann Fisher (as Jeanie Bell)

Season 3, Episode 7: Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico

26 October 1973
Feeling betrayed when Lamont starts a sideline business with Julio, Fred moves out and into a downtown flophouse.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Gregory Sierra ... Julio Fuentes
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson
Alma Beltran ... Providencia Fuentes
Louis Guss ... Caretaker
Harry Caesar ... Homeless Man at the Mercy Mission (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 8: Superflyer

2 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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Wally Taylor ... Lester Barrington
Rudy Challenger ... Mr. Menton
Annazette Chase ... Susan
Terry Lumley ... Carol
Joseph Hoover ... Security Guard
Norma Miller ... Jackie
Sherry Boucher ... Wendy
Pat McCormick ... Moose (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 9: The Engagement

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.

Season 3, Episode 10: The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

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.

Season 3, Episode 11: A House Is Not a Pool Room

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.

Season 3, Episode 12: Grady, the Star Boarder

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.

Season 3, Episode 13: Wine, Women and Aunt Esther

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.

Season 3, Episode 14: Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe

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.

Season 3, Episode 15: Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson

Antonio Fargas ... Sonny Cochran
Arthur Adams ... Judge Mel Davis
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Sosimo Hernandez ... Juan Diego Lopez
Billy Allyn ... Billy

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Otis Littlejohn (as Stymie Beard)
Ed Perry ... Bailiff
James Driskill ... Cop (as Jim Driskill)

Season 3, Episode 16: This Land Is Whose Land?

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.

Season 3, Episode 17: Fred's Cheating Heart

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson

Thalmus Rasulala ... Heart Fund Man
Helen Verbit ... First Nurse

Joan Pringle ... Second Nurse

Harry Basch ... Dr. Jamison
Juan DeCarlos ... First Orderly
Raymond O'Keefe ... Second Orderly

Season 3, Episode 18: The Party Crasher

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.

Season 3, Episode 19: Lamont Goes Karate

15 February 1974
Lamont learns karate to defend himself against bully Jo Jo Jackson.

Season 3, Episode 20: Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

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

Season 3, Episode 21: Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

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.

Season 3, Episode 22: Aunt Esther and Uncle Woodrow Pfftt...

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.

Season 3, Episode 23: The Way to Lamont's Heart

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.

Season 3, Episode 24: Hello Cousin Emma... Goodbye Cousin Emma

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford (credit only)

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson

Clarice Taylor ... Cousin Emma
Kathy McKee ... Lorraine (as Kathrine McKee)

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: The Surprise Party

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.

Season 4, Episode 2: Matchmaker, Matchmaker

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.

Season 4, Episode 3: Ol' Brown Eyes

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.

Season 4, Episode 4: Grady and His Lady

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.

Season 4, Episode 5: There'll Be Some Changes Made

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson

Pat Morita ... Ah Chew
Fritzi Burr ... Maureen
Rai Tasco ... Murray
Sarah Fankboner ... Francine
Noel De Souza ... Salim
Eduardo Ricard ... Harry
Jayne Kennedy ... Brenda
Ted Harris ... Member of Eccentric Group (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 6: Going Out of Business

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.

Season 4, Episode 7: Home Sweet Home

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.

Season 4, Episode 8: My Kingdom for a Horse

1 November 1974
Fred buys a retired thoroughbred racehorse, betting on a big profit after selling him as a breeding stud.

Season 4, Episode 9: Sanford and Niece

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.

Season 4, Episode 10: Julio and Sister and Nephew

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.

Season 4, Episode 11: Fred's Treasure Garden

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!

Season 4, Episode 12: Tower Power

6 December 1974
A visit to a gallery of abstract art inspires Fred to create his magnum opus: a towering heap of junk.

Season 4, Episode 13: A Little Extra Security

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 Merger

20 December 1974
The Sanfords and Julio agree to merge their competing junkyards and bank on business booming after they broadcast a television commercial.

Season 4, Episode 15: Once a Thief

27 December 1974
Grady gets uptight when Lamont brings his ex-convict friend Herman home to stay until he can find a job.

Season 4, Episode 16: The Stand-In

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."

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson

Scatman Crothers ... Bowlegs (as Scat Man Crothers)
Joe Silver ... Mr. Stone
Al Williams ... Al
Bernie Orenstein ... Stan Taylor
Billy Eckstine ... The Nightclub Singer

Season 4, Episode 17: Strange Bedfellows

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?

Season 4, Episode 18: The Masquerade Party

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 Boy

7 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.

Season 4, Episode 20: My Brother-In-Law's Keeper

14 February 1975
Fred is bothered and bewildered by his baby sister's marriage to a white man.

Season 4, Episode 21: The Headache

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson

Robert DoQui ... Psychologist
Darrell Zwerling ... Pediatrician
Frances E. Nealy ... Lady Patient (as Frances Nealy)
Joanie Rhodes ... TV Voice (voice) (as Joni Rhodes)
Bernie Orenstein ... TV Voice (voice)

Season 4, Episode 22: The Stung

28 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?

Season 4, Episode 23: The Older Woman

7 March 1975
Fred and Grady don disguises to discover the cougar who has her claws in Lamont's heart.

Season 4, Episode 24: The Over-the-Hill Gag

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.

Season 4, Episode 25: The Family Man

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.

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: Earthquake II

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Reva Rose ... Mavis Johnson
Britt Leach ... Leonard Johnson
Barry Wright ... Jackpot Winner

Steve Lawrence ... Steve (as Steve)

Eydie Gormé ... Eydie (as Eydie)

Merv Griffin ... Merv Griffin (as 'Merv')
Bessie Smith ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 2: Divorce, Sanford Style

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.

Season 5, Episode 3: Bank on This

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins

Roscoe Orman ... Al Robinson
Charles Thomas Murphy ... Melvin Herman
Roy Stuart ... Reporter Don Martinson
Tom Scott ... R.L. Phillips
Bill Henderson ... Harvey
Cal Wilson ... 1st Doctor
Skip Cunningham ... 2nd Doctor

Season 5, Episode 4: The Sanford Arms

3 October 1975
With the bank ready to foreclose, Fred and Lamont desperately seek to find tenants for the Sanford Arms.

Season 5, Episode 5: Steinberg and Son

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.

Season 5, Episode 6: Brother, Can You Spare an Act?

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Nancy Kulp ... Mrs. Hopkins

Allan Drake ... Rodney Victor

Mary Alice ... Frances Victor
Timmie Rogers ... Smiley Rogers
Dap Sugar Willie ... Theatre Manager
Cha-Cha Hogan ... Heckler

Season 5, Episode 7: Della, Della, Della

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.

Season 5, Episode 8: Donna Pops the Question

7 November 1975
After receiving a proposal from another man, Donna gives Fred one final chance to marry her.

Season 5, Episode 9: My Fair Esther

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.

Season 5, Episode 10: Sanford and Rising Son

21 November 1975
Fred and Ah Chew team up and turn the Sanford home into a Japanese restaurant.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Pat Morita ... Ah Chew
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Arnold Johnson ... George F. 'Hutch' Hutton
Al Stevenson ... Inspector Logan
Tommy Butler ... Mr. Walker
Dorothy Meyer ... Mrs. Walker
Helen Funai ... Japanese Masseuse (uncredited)
Larry Margo ... Mr. Thompson (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 11: The Olympics

5 December 1975
Jealous of Donna's athletic new boyfriend, Fred begins training so he can challenge him in the Senior Olympics.

Season 5, Episode 12: Ebenezer Sanford

12 December 1975
Tightfisted Fred gets a ghostly wake-up call in this spoof of "A Christmas Carol."

Season 5, Episode 13: The Oddfather

2 January 1976
Fred is wounded while witnessing a mob hit and is hospitalized under police protection until he can identify Mr. Big.

Season 5, Episode 14: Can You Chop This?

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Nancy Kulp ... May Hopkins
Arnold Johnson ... George F. 'Hutch' Hutton

Cesare Danova ... Cavorting Connoisseur
Danny Wells ... Danny Taylor
Ta-Tanisha ... Janet Lawrence
Joanie Rhodes ... Female T.V. Voice (voice) (as Joni Rhodes)
Jody Gilbert ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 15: Greatest Show in Watts

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.

Season 5, Episode 16: Fred Sanford Has a Baby

23 January 1976
A very pregnant woman rents Lamont's room for the week he's away on a fishing trip.

Season 5, Episode 17: The TV Addict

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.

Season 5, Episode 18: Lamont in Love

6 February 1976
When Lamont falls in love with a mysterious woman, Fred and Esther play amateur sleuths to learn more about her.

Season 5, Episode 19: The Escorts

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Arnold Johnson ... George F. 'Hutch' Hutton
George Wiltshire ... Elroy Pitt
Fritzi Burr ... Mrs. Willis
Lauren Jones ... Marlene Williams

Helen Martin ... 1st Lady
Frances E. Nealy ... 2nd Lady (as Frances Nealy)
Betty Cole ... Maxine

Season 5, Episode 20: The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice

20 February 1976
Lamont musters the courage to pop the question to Janet.

Season 5, Episode 21: The Director

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

George Foreman ... Himself
Adam Wade ... Creely
George Wiltshire ... Elroy Pitt
Dave Turner ... Eugene Bancroft

Season 5, Episode 22: A Pain in the Neck

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.

Season 5, Episode 23: Sergeant Gork

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.

Season 5, Episode 24: The Camping Trip

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Carol Arthur ... Ms. Barnes
Deborah Berns ... Girl Scout
Teri Hermosillo ... Girl Scout
Susan Newmark ... Girl Scout
Kimberly Zuckert ... Girl Scout
Tifni Carson ... Girl Scout
Janine Williams ... Girl Scout

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: The Hawaiian Connection: Part 1

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson

David Huddleston ... First Cop

Barbara Rhoades ... Gladys

James Gregory ... Commander
Teddy Wilson ... Messenger (as Theodore Wilson)

Greg Morris ... Wills

Sheldon Leonard ... Davis
Fritzi Burr ... Woman on Plane
Frank Nelson ... Co-Pilot
Peter Leeds ... Suitcase Courier

Sandra Kerns ... Stewardess
Howard Storm ... Bellboy
Danny Kamekona ... 2nd Cop

Elissa Dulce Hoopai ... Hula Teacher (as Elissa Hoopai)
Robert Kino ... Japanese Tourist (as Bob Kino)

Moe Keale ... Davis' Thug (uncredited)
Denise Kellogg ... Woman with radio (uncredited)
Kwan Hi Lim ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 2: The Hawaiian Connection: Part 2

1 October 1976
Fred and Lamont visit Hawaii tourist attractions while running for their lives from the jewel thieves.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

Don Ho ... Himself

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson

Hal Williams ... Officer 'Smitty' Smith

David Huddleston ... First Cop

Barbara Rhoades ... Gladys

Pat Paulsen ... Percy

James Gregory ... Commander

Greg Morris ... Freddy Wills

Sheldon Leonard ... Davis
Fritzi Burr ... Woman on Plane
Frank Nelson ... Co-Pilot

Sandra Kerns ... Stewardess
Danny Kamekona ... 2nd Cop
Robert Kino ... Japanese Tourist (as Bob Kino)

Moe Keale ... Davis' Thug (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 3: California Crude

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.

Season 6, Episode 4: The Stakeout

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.

Season 6, Episode 5: I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz

22 October 1976
Fred is determined to break Choo Choo Rabinowitz's official world record for the longest amount of time staying awake.

Season 6, Episode 6: The Winning Ticket

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.

Season 6, Episode 7: Committee Man

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley

Edward Andrews ... Sam Jordon
Fritzi Burr ... Mrs. Channing
Sosimo Hernandez ... Mr. Rodriguez

Ronnie Schell ... Mr. Morris Wilkens

Season 6, Episode 8: Fred's Extra Job

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: Carol

26 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.

Season 6, Episode 10: Aunt Esther Has a Baby

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.

Season 6, Episode 11: Here Today, Gone Today

7 December 1976
Misunderstandings abound and compound when Fred's friends try to honor his fortieth year in business with a secret surprise.

Season 6, Episode 12: Aunt Esther Meets Her Son

10 December 1976
Esther and Woody welcome their son Daniel, but quickly discover they must practice the forgiveness that Esther preaches.

Season 6, Episode 13: Sanford and Gong

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Chuck Barris ... Himself

Lynn Hamilton ... Donna Harris
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley

Allan Drake ... Rodney Victor

Jack DeLeon ... Sven Erickson
Roy Stuart ... Barton Farley
Margie McGlory ... Vocalist (as Margee McGlory)
Don S. Davis ... Marvin (as Don Davis)

Paul Zegler ... Charlie
Tracee Lyles ... Panelist

Al Hansen ... Panelist
Bob Goldstein ... Panelist
Jackie Toles ... Receptionist
Carl McCarthy ... Stage Manager

Albert Popwell ... Doctor Davis
Sivi Aberg ... Gong Show Hostess (as Siv Aberg)
Dap Sugar Willie ... Man in Audience (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 14: Fred Meets Redd

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford / Himself

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Fritzi Burr ... Miss Rock
Debraca Foxx ... Doris Martin

Benny Rubin ... Man
Dap Sugar Willie ... Phil Tellman
Prince C. Spencer ... Rob Baxter

Jack Carter ... Marvin
Dave Turner ... Harold Harrison

Season 6, Episode 15: The Defiant One

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.

Season 6, Episode 16: A Matter of Silence

28 January 1977
Lamont fears Fred is going deaf, and Fred is content to play along and milk sympathy from Lamont and Donna.

Season 6, Episode 17: When John Comes Marching Home

4 February 1977
Lamont's engagement to Janet is jeopardized by the unexpected return of her ex-husband John.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Marlene Clark ... Janet Lawson

James A. Watson Jr. ... John Lawson, Janet's Ex-Husband
Frank Nelson ... Waiter
Edward Crawford ... Roger Lawson

Tamara Dobson ... Charlie Phillips (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 18: The Reverend Sanford

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 Will

18 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.

Season 6, Episode 20: Fred the Activist

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.

Season 6, Episode 21: The Lucky Streak

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.

Season 6, Episode 22: Funny, You Don't Look It

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.

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford

LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson (as La Wanda Page)
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Milton Selzer ... Sam Gittleman
Will Gill Jr. ... Customer #1
James Mendenhall ... Customer #2 (as Jim Mendenhall)
John Hawker ... Mailman

Season 6, Episode 23: Fred Sings the Blues

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.

Season 6, Episode 24: School Daze

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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