One of television's all-time classic sitcoms, the Norman Lear-produced "Sanford and Son" debuted just three days after the one-year anniversary of Lear's fabulously successful, "All in the Family." Fred Sanford is a cantankerous 65-year-old, black, widowed junk dealer living in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood. Helping him is his restless son, 34-year-old Lamont; Fred's beloved wife and Lamont's mother, Elizabeth, had died more than 20 years earlier. Fred's schemes and bigotry especially toward Julio, a Puerto Rican who was Lamont's friend, whites and other minorities often frustrated Lamont. Fred also showed overt disdain for his sister-in-law, Aunt Esther (the feeling was mutual). Many times, Lamont threatened to leave for meaningful work, but Fred faked a heart attack each time ("Oh, this time its real, I'm a-comin' 'Lizabeth!") as a sympathy ploy to get his son to stay. By 1977, Fred and Lamont had sold their business (stars Foxx and Wilson wanted to leave the series); it became ...Written by
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Lawanda Page was a dancer and a chorus girl when she first started out in show business. She was nicknamed "The Bronze Goddess of Fire" because she lit cigarettes with her fingertips, swallowed fire and touched flaming torches to her body. In a nod to this, Aunt Esther does a show in the junkyard with Fred, and lit his cigarette with her fingertip. See more »
Both Fred and Lamont's birthdays change throughout the series. Sometimes Fred's birthday is in September and sometimes it's in December. Lamont's birthday is also mentioned as being in September and other times his birthday is either in January or February. See more »
During the end credits of the episode "The Headache" (4.21), Fred and Lamont's voices can be heard. They're doing a soap opera cliffhanger parody. (Eg. Fred: "Will Lamont leave home?" Lamont: "Will you be quiet?") See more »
During the show's network run, a few episodes contained the "N-word". However, when the show began to appear on the TV Land cable network, the word was edited out. See more »
Easily one of THE greatest shows on TV. All the characters contributed to the flavor of the show; it really WAS magic how everything came together so perfectly without getting bogged down or off track. Racial and personal insults flowed freely but they lacked venom- they were just loaded with laughs. Now really---how seriously could ANYONE take an insult at that level? At one time or another almost all the characters had an insult hurled at them, only to toss it right back in Fred's face; the show never really seemed to have a cruel intent- just a rather ordinary family with rather ordinary friends caught up in zany schemes and predicaments that brought out the best, worst, and funniest in all!
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