Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Great Sanford Siege 

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.



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Episode cast overview:
Patrick Campbell ...
Process Server
Lee Duncan ...
1st Deputy
Dennis Robertson ...
2nd Deputy


Lamont discovers that Fred hasn't been paying the bills and not only are their utilities being turned off but they are being turned over to a collection agency. With money owed, bill collectors start showing up and Fred and Lamont become prisoners in their own home. Finally, an implacable repo man shows up with the police and they are forced to open their door. In an effort to stop the repo man, Fred fakes falling down the stairs. In order to avoid a feared lawsuit, the repo man decides to cut a deal with them. Written by Jerry Roberts

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3 March 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story is based on the Steptoe and Son (1962) episode titled "The Siege of Steptoe Street". See more »


The process server threatened to put the summons in the mailbox if Fred wouldn't take it. Legally, nobody is allowed to put something in or take something out of a mailbox except the owner of the mailbox or a postal employee. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: [Repeated line] Put it back in the mailbox.
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References Days of Our Lives (1965) See more »

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Dick Van Patten and Patrick Campbell
14 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Great Sanford Siege" finds the junkyard inundated with unpaid bills, resulting in no gas, heat, electricity, or food: "the bills come on time, but there's been a slight delay in the money!" A persistent process server (Patrick Campbell, later seen in "California Crude") carries a summons for Fred Sanford, so the two remain cooped up indoors waiting him out. Hamlin (Dick Van Patten), from the collection agency, arrives with two deputies to repossess the furniture. Fred's penchant for feigning injury works to perfection on Hamlin, threatening to sue for throwing an old man downstairs. With daylight fading, he gives in just to escape the neighborhood!

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