Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Piano Movers 

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.



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Lester Fletcher ...
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Fred and Lamont accept an offer from a rich high-society socialite to move his piano out of his apartment. Lamont is dedicated to the getting the job done, but Fred spends most of his time snooping around the man's apartment and making wisecracks about the possibility that he might be a homosexual. The man, who keeps walking in and out of the apartment, takes pity on Fred who, from his point of view seems to be doing all the work. Finally, when the piano becomes wedged in the front door, Lamont gets fed up with the man's negative attitude and decides to leave it there. Written by Jerry Roberts

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14 April 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This story is based on the Steptoe and Son (1962) episode titled "The Piano". See more »


Man: [as Fred goes to sit in his expensive chair] Ah ah!
Lamont Sanford: [Almost sarcastically] It's a Chippendale. It's not made for sitting in.
Fred G. Sanford: Well, he should've got a Sears n Roebuck. They made for sitting in.
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Remake of Steptoe and Son: The Piano (1962) See more »

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The abbreviated first season concludes on a high note
14 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Piano Movers" finished the abbreviated first season with episode 14, one of the last to be a direct adaptation from its British inspiration STEPTOE AND SON. A very fussy customer (Lester Fletcher, later seen in "Tower Power") wants Sanford and Son to haul away his wife's piano, paying $20 to get the job done. He requires that they wear slippers to avoid damaging his antique Persian rug, unable to sit in Chippendales or lean against the delicate French wallpaper. The Man believes that Lamont is a slave driver, forcing his elderly father to continue working, each time Fred is on his feet while his son is getting some rest! Fred has some ideas about their host: "I think he's a fruitcake, or maybe just a plain that fruity robe!" Fred appears to be an expert in humiliating his exasperated son at every turn, a fine conclusion to a solid introductory season.

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