Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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We Were Robbed 

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.



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Noam Pitlik ...
Officer 'Swanny' Swanhauser
Officer 'Smitty' Smith
Lady Interviewer


Fred is sweeping the floor when he accidentally elbows Lamont's valuable glass and porcelain collection. He sweeps the broken pieces into a dustpan and hides it in the refrigerator out in the yard, then knocks over some things in the house to make it look like a robbery had occurred. Lamont reports the "robbery" and Fred receives a commendation. While he is away, Lamont discovers the dustpan in the fridge and fakes a robbery himself, claiming that the crooks broke into his piggy bank and stole his money. He reveals the ruse, which forces Fred to confess to what he did. Written by Jerry Roberts

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18 February 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lamont calls the police after the apparent robbery and gives the address of the Sanford property as 9114 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles. See more »


When Fred knocks over the cabinet, the rubber leg of the table can be seen wobbling. See more »


Lamont Sanford: Are you sure they were white, Pop?
Fred G. Sanford: I know they wasn't black, 'cause you can't get no stocking over one of them big naturals.
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Remake of Steptoe and Son: Robbery with Violence (1970) See more »

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Stocking Feat
13 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"We Were Robbed" opens with Fred actually getting some work done for a change, sweeping and dusting when he unintentionally knocks over Lamont's valuable porcelain and glass collection worth over $200. Figuring that he won't believe it to be an accident, Fred devises a plan to call it robbery, hiding the debris in a used fridge while pretending to be unconscious. Lamont finds him on the floor and helps him to a chair for a drink. The tall tale of four white burglars sounds plausible: "I know they wasn't black, you can't get no stocking over one of them big naturals!" Officers Smitty and Swanny (Noam Pitlik, second of six) have to ascertain the facts: "were they colored?" "yeah, white!" Fred is ready to receive a citation for bravery when Lamont discovers the truth, still hidden in the fridge, and turnabout is fair play!

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