Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son is a show about an African American father and son who own a junkyard. The main characters are Fred G. Sanford (Redd Foxx) and Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson). The men live together in a beat up house full of junk. Fred and Lamont depend on each other a great deal. Fred is a widow and Lamont, though grown, has never been married.
Lamont wants a life of his own and continually tries to break-free from Fred. Fred always seems to win in the end though. Lamont has a great deal of love for his father, but does not understand his often bigoted ways. For instance, Fred is ever ready with a snide comment about the Puerto Rican that lives next door. Fred has an ongoing battle with his sister-in-law Esther (LaWanda Page), which makes for the shows funniest moments.
Lamont and Fred buy and sell junk in order to survive. They live in a rough neighborhood in South Central, Los Angeles, California. The show was filmed from 1972 to 1977. Television shows such as this were generally geared towards bringing about public awareness about bigotry and hatred. Sanford and Son is a comedy that covered very serious issues of the day.
Lamont is more enlightened than Fred about the world they live in. He pushes his father to open his mind and heart to other cultures, but generally fails miserably at actually changing Fred's opinion. Lamont is the one with the level-headedness to keep the business running smoothly. If he catches Fred attempting to get rich quick, he puts a stop to it as fast as possible. In reality, Lamont runs the business, including finding and buying junk to sell.
Fred is, for all intents and purposes, retired from the business. That does not stop him from constantly coming up with new ways to make fast cash. He would, if not for Lamont, con every person who walked through the door. He ultimately gets caught and reprimanded by his honest son. Fred often tries to make his son feel guilty by grabbing his heart and acting as though he is having a heart attack. As he grabs his heart, he yells out, Elizabeth, I coming. It is one of the most famous and beloved longstanding quotes throughout the show's history.
All in all, Sanford and Son is an excellent comedic show to watch. The content can be a little too involved for small children to watch though. It was a genius weekly sitcom that thrives as one of America's most beloved television shows.
Sanford and Son Full Episode Guide:
Season 6 (0 sources)
Episode 25 - School Daze
First Aired: March 25, 1977
Episode 24 - Fred Sings the Blues
First Aired: March 18, 1977
Episode 23 - Funny, You Don't Look It
First Aired: March 11, 1977
Episode 22 - The Lucky Streak
First Aired: March 04, 1977
- Episode 21 - Fred the Activist
- Episode 20 - The Will
- Episode 19 - The Reverend Sanford
- Episode 18 - When John Comes Marching Home
- Episode 17 - A Matter of Silence
- Episode 16 - Chinese Torture (a.k.a.) The Defian...
- Episode 15 - Fred Meets Redd
- Episode 14 - Sanford and Gong
- Episode 13 - Aunt Esther Meets Her Son
- Episode 12 - Here Today, Gone Today
- Episode 11 - Aunt Esther Has a Baby
- Episode 10 - Carol
- Episode 9 - Fred's Extra Job
- Episode 8 - Committee Man
- Episode 7 - The Winning Ticket
- Episode 6 - I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz
- Episode 5 - The Stakeout
- Episode 4 - California Crude
- Episode 3 - The Hawaiian Connection (3)
- Episode 2 - The Hawaiian Connection (2)
- Episode 1 - The Hawaiian Connection (1)
Season 5 (2 full episodes)
- Episode 24 - Camping Trip
- Episode 23 - Sergeant Gork
- Episode 22 - A Pain in the Neck
- Episode 21 - The Director
- Episode 20 - The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice
- Episode 19 - The Escorts
- Episode 18 - Lamont in Love
- Episode 17 - The TV Addict
- Episode 16 - Fred Sanford Has a Baby
- Episode 15 - Greatest Show in Watts
- Episode 14 - Can You Chop This?
- Episode 13 - The Oddfather
- Episode 12 - Ebenezer Sanford
- Episode 11 - The Olympics
- Episode 10 - Sanford and Rising Son
- Episode 9 - My Fair Esther
- Episode 8 - Donna Pops the Question
- Episode 7 - Della, Della, Della
- Episode 6 - Brother, Can You Spare an Act?
- Episode 5 - Steinberg and Son
- Episode 4 - The Sanford Arms
- Episode 3 - Bank on This
- Episode 2 - Divorce, Sanford Style (a.k.a.) Divor...
- Episode 1 - Earthquake II