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Sanford and Son 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1972–1977)
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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

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Norman Lear
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1977   1976   1975   1974   1973   1972  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Redd Foxx ...  Fred G. Sanford / ... 135 episodes, 1972-1977
Demond Wilson ...  Lamont Sanford / ... 135 episodes, 1972-1977
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Storyline

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 Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sanford and Son See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(135 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Julio's departure from the show was never explicitly explained. In the Season 5 subplot about Fred and Lamont opening the Sanford Arms, the Arms are described twice as "Julio's old place" but it's never revealed why Julio was no longer living there. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Fred Sanford: You big dummy.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

On video and DVD releases of the episode, "Blood is Thicker Than Junk", about 3 minutes of footage is removed. They edit the scene of Lamont getting up and purposely breaking the interviewer's pencil before leaving. It then cuts to the scene of Fred trying to lift a heavy trunk then in comes the man Fred later hires. On all video and DVD releases, at the employment office right after the interviewer gives Lamont his new job, it cuts right to Fred and his new employee talking. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lab Rats: Prank You Very Much (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Didn't Care
Composed by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Redd Foxx
(numerous episodes)
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This show is a classic, dummy
9 April 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I guess that "Sanford and Son" must have been the first show that portrayed black ghetto life. No matter, it's hilarious. Dad Fred essentially spends every episode lounging around his house, calling his son Lamont "dummy" and threatening to bust people's lips. Lamont remains eternally embarrassed about Fred's antics, especially whenever Fred comments on how ugly he considers the sister-in-law, Aunt Esther, to be. And it's always great when the two cops (one white and the other black) come to the house, and the white cop acts like a dork, forcing the black cop to have to identify it.

Anyway, it was part of the new wave of really funny shows in the early 1970's that portrayed stuff that TV shows previously were uncomfortable portraying ("All in the Family" of course led the way). It would have been neat if Fred Sanford and Archie Bunker could have ever met. That would have made for some crazy dialogue. Four stars.


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