Original Air Date: January 14, 1972 to September 2, 1977 Network: NBC Sitcom Cast: Fred Sanford: Redd Foxx Lamont Sanford: Demond Wilson Aunt Esther Anderson: LaWanda Page Julio Fuentes: Gregory Sierra Bubba Hoover: Don Bexley Grady Wilson: Whitman Mayo Officer "Smitty": Hal Williams Officer "Hoppy" Hopkins: Howard Platt Rollo Larson: Nathaniel Taylor Donna Harris: Lynn Hamilton Uncle Woody Anderson: Raymond Allen 9114 South Central, Los Angeles, California, the residence and business of Fred Sanford and his son Lamont. Fred was a 65-year-old junk dealer whose 34-year-old son, Lamont, was his partner, a situation that Lamont was not always happy with. At his advanced age, Fred was very happy with his little business and the marginal income it provided him. Lamont, on the other hand, was looking to better himself by getting out of the junk business and trying something more challenging and, hopefully, more lucrative. Fred, whose wife, Elizabeth, had died some years before, would do anything to keep his son from deserting him and the business. Every time Lamont threatened to leave, Fred would fake a heart attack and start moaning, "I'm coming, Elizabeth, I'm coming." Lamont wasn't really fooled by his father's machinations but he did love him and, despite what he said about his future, really wouldn't have left the old man. Sanford and Son was based on the successful British TV comedy, Steptoe and Son. Fred had a steady girlfriend in Nurse Donna Harris, whom he was always promising to marry, and was constantly at odds with Aunt Esther, his late wife's sister. In 1977 NBC's highly succssful comedy Sanford and Son lost both of its stars, Redd Foxx to a variety series on ABC, and Demond Wilson due to salary demands. With most of the supporting actors around, however, The Sanford Arms took its place. The attempt to salvage the series was a total failure and it lasted less than a month. The Redd Foxx variety series didn't fair much better, lasting only four months. In 1980 Redd Foxx revived the saga of the cantankerous junk dealer, in a series called Sanford. Fred was still running the watts junkyard, but since Lamont was away working on the Alaskan pipeline, he had two new partners, both friends of Lamont. Rollo was a holdover from the original series, and Cal was an obese white Southerner who invested $2000 to become part owner of "The Sanford Empire." Fred also had an unlikely new girlfriend in Eve Lewis, a wealthy Beverly Hills widow. Sanford passed quickly from view after three short runs on NBC.
Season One 1972 1- Crossed Swords 2- Happy Birthday, Pop 3- Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride 4- The Copper Caper 5- A Matter of Life and Breath 6- We Were Robbed 7- A Pad for Lamont 8- The Great Sanford Siege 9- Coffins for Sale 10- The Barracuda 11- TV or Not TV 12- The Suitacase Case 13- The Return of the Barracuda 14- The Piano Movers Season Two 1972-73 15- The Light Housekeeper 16- Blood is Thicker than Junk 17- By the Numbers 18- The Card Sharps 19- Whiplash 20- Have Gun, Will Sell 21- The Dowry 22- Jealousy 23- Tooth or Consequences 24- The Shootout 25- The Puerto Ricans are Coming! 26- A Visit from Lena Horne 27- Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three 28- Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna 29- A Guest in the Yard 30- The Big Party 31- Lamont goes African 32- Watts Side Story 33- Pops n' Pals 34- The Infernal Triangle 35- Home Sweet Home for the Aged 36- Pot Luck 37- The Kid 38- Rated X Season Three 1973-74 39- Lamont, is that you? 40- Lamont as Othello 41- This Little TV Went to Market 42- Presenting The Three Degrees 43- Libra Rising All Over Lamont 44- Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman 45- Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford and Chico 46- A House is not a Poolroom 47- The Chameleon 48- Superflyer 49- "The Member of the Wedding/The Engagement" 50- Grady, The Star Boarder 51- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe 52- Leaving the Nest 53- Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle 54- This land is whose Land? 55- Fred's Cheating Heart 56- The Party Crasher 57- Charley's Tea 58- Will the Real Fred Sanford Please do Something 59- Tyranny, Thy name is Grady 60- Aunt Esther and Uncle Woodrow Pfftt... 61- The way to Lamont's Heart 62- Hello, Cousin Emma ...Goodbye, Cousin Emma Season Four 1974-75 63- Fred's Treasure Garden 64- Once a Thief 65- A Little Extra Security 66- There'll be Some Changes Made 67- Going out of Business 68- Ol' Brown Eyes 69- Matchmaker, Matchmaker 70- Grady and his Lady 71- The Surprise Party 72- First Night Out 73- Home Sweet Home 74- "Sanford & Niece" 75- Strange Bedfellows 76- Julio and Sister and Nephew 77- The Merger 78- Tower Power 79- My Brother-in-Law's Keeper 80- The Masquerade Party 81- Golden Boy 82- The Stand-In 83- The Headache 84- The Older Woman 85- The Stung 86- The Family Man Season Five 1975-76 87- The Over the Hill Gag 88- The Oddfather 89- Donna Pops the Question 90- The Olympics 91- Divorcee, Sanford Style 92- Bank on This 93- The TV Addict 94- The Sanford Arms 95- Earthquake II 96- Brother, Can You Spare an Act 97- Steinberg and Son 98- My Fair Esther 99- Greatest Show in Watts 100- Della, Della, Della 101- Can You Chop This? 102- Sanford and Rising Son 103- Fred Sanford has a Baby 104- Ebenezer Sanford 105- Lamont in Love 106- The Escorts 107- The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice 108- A Pain in the Neck 109- Camping Trip 110- The Director 111- Sergeant Gork Season Six 1976-77 112- Fred's Extra Job 113- I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz 114- The Winning Ticket 115- The Hawaiian Connection, Part I 116- The Hawaiian Connection, Part II 117- The Stakeout 118- California Crude 119- Committee Man 120- Aunt Esther has a Baby 121- Aunt Esther meets her Son 122- Sanford and Gong 123- Fred meets Redd 124- Carol 125- Here Today, Gone Today 126- Chinese Torture/The Defiant One 127- A Matter of Silence 128- When John Comes Marching Home 129- The Reverend Sanford 130- The Will 131- Fred the Activist 132- The Lucky Streak 133- Funny, You Don't Look It 134- Fred Sings the Blues 135- School Daze
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