The solo adventures of Fred Sanford's pal Grady, who has moved on up to Los Angeles.




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Complete series cast summary:
Whitman Mayo ...
 Grady Wilson (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Carol Cole ...
 Ellie Wilson Marshall (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
 Hal Marshall (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Rosanne Katon ...
 Laurie Marshall (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
Haywood Nelson ...
 Haywood Marshall (10 episodes, 1975-1976)
 Rose Kosinski (6 episodes, 1975-1976)


In this spinoff of "Sanford and Son", Fred Sanford's pal Grady Wilson has moved out of Watts and into the middle-class neighborhood where his daughter Ellie and her family resides. Hal was Grady's hard-working son-in-law, and Laurie and Haywood were his grandchildren. Written by Marty McKee <>

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4 December 1975 (USA)  »

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The first Bud Yorkin-produced show after he ended his partnership with Norman Lear. See more »


Spun-off from Sanford and Son (1972) See more »

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The spin-off to "Sanford and Son"
28 August 2002 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to catch this seldom seen LOST series from the 1970's last night on TV Land during a Showcase presentation. This was the spin-off to Norman Lear's successful series "Sanford and Son" which follow the adventures of his pal,Grady Wilson(played by Whitman Mayo)who moved out of Watts and went to the suburbs of Los Angeles to live with his daughter(Ellie)who was married to an architect who was his son-in-law and his two grandchildren in a house located in the exclusive section of Westwood Estates. This show was hilarious at times catching Grady and his pals getting into all sorts of mischief along with his Watts pals like Bubba and even Fred Sanford himself dropping by. It was Grady who was most of the trouble some of the time only to be saved by his daughter and her husband but they always forgive him,and always helped out the kids too in some situation or another. The series produced 12 episodes which ran on NBC-TV from 1975-1976. The series starred Carol Cole(who plays his daughter Ellie),who was the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole,and his sister Natalie,and a youthful looking Joe Morton as her husband and two unknowns who were the children (Rosanna Katon as the daughter Kellie,and Haywood Nelson as the son who after this show went right on to play Dewayne on "What's Happening!" the next year after this show was cancelled)in the family known as The Marshalls. This was one of many LOST African-American shows of the 1970's that didn't stay very long which included "That's My Mama","Rollout",and "Get Christie Love"....... and so forth. The executive producer of the show was Redd Foxx himself whom also directed two of the episodes for this series. Catch it on TV Land!

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