Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy


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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.


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  • Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson in Sanford and Son (1972)
  • Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson in Sanford and Son (1972)
  • Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son (1972)
  • Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson in Sanford and Son (1972)
  • Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son (1972)
  • Redd Foxx and Whitman Mayo in Sanford and Son (1972)

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Norman Lear

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29 February 2008 | hfan77
A 70s Sitcom Classic
Norman Lear's second sitcom Sanford and Son is definitely a 70s classic. Redd Foxx's portrayal of Fred Sanford is so funny, yet he was bigoted like Archie Bunker. He also had great chemistry with Demond Wilson, who played his son Lamont. Though Lamont was the smarter of the two, Fred kept calling him "Dummy" which I thought wasn't very nice. What made the show funny for me was Fred's frequent phony heart attacks when he would clutch his heart and bellow "OHH! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! YOU HEAR THAT ELIZABETH, I'M COMING TO JOIN YOU!!" Every time he did that, i would crack up laughing. The other phrase he constantly used was variations on "How would you like five across your lip?"

What also made Sanford and Son stand out was the chemistry between Foxx and LaWanda Page, who played Aunt Esther. Both were long-time friends who grew up in St. Louis. I thought Page delivered her lines with gusto and really brought her character to life.

My only dislike of the show were the episodes without Foxx, who sat out due to a contract dispute and were centered around Grady. Whitman Mayo was an outstanding supporting player, but I felt he couldn't carry the show as a lead actor and that was why his spin off Grady was short-lived. It was like watching an episode of The Honeymooners without Jackie Gleason.

There were a lot of good episodes, but two of my favorites were the Gong Show episode and Steinberg and Son, a TV show that mirrored the Sanford's lives. Each season of Sanford and Son is on DVD so if you haven't seen them, do so. You won't worry about commercials.

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