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Sanford and Son

10 Ratings: 3.9
A TV show that ran on NBC from 1972 to 1977.

Sanford and Son first aired in January of 1972 on NBC as a mid-season replacement. The series was the second series created by the All in the Family creator, Norman Lear and it was based on the British sitcom, Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was the … see full wiki

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She looks like Mighty Joe Young's sister, Mighty Ugly.

  • Aug 31, 2009
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Sanford and Son was one of television producer's Norma Lear's productions.  Somewhat based upon the BBC drama/comedy Steptoe and Son, this "American" version takes on a life of it's own after the first season.  Originally the show's scripts were just reworked telescripts of the Steptoe and Son series.  The show began to hit it's stride during the second season.  Redd Foxx stars as Fred Sanford, an ill mannered old man who runs his "empire" from his easy chair.  His son Lamont (Demond Wilson) runs the business whilst his father does all of the "co-ordinating".  While the original show was a drama with comedic elements, this show was made just for laughs.  I really enjoyed the first three seasons but by the fourth one the show was beginning to show signs of a lack of creativity.  By the final season you could stick a fork in it cause it was done.

Fred Sanford's burden in life were in in-laws particularly his bible thumping sister-in-law Esther (LaWanda Page).  The two would spend their time insulting each other and getting on each others nerves.  Another source of his irritation was his Puerto-Rican neighbor Julio and his son's best friend Rollo.  He was engaged to a practical nurse named Donna.  He dragged out the engagement throughout the series.  Fred's best friends were two not very bright fellows Bubba and Grady.  Problems plagued the show such as the producers weren't willing to give Redd Foxx a raise, Demond's growing drug problem and the lack of creativity on the set.  Redd used his pull to get his stand up friends jobs on the show (Pat Morita, Slappy White and LaWanda Page).  He also brought in celebrities such as B.B. King. George Foreman and his old friend Scatman Crothers for guest spots.

A hilarious show that managed to cross racial lines.  It was a huge hit for NBC and it managed to stay in the top ten for a few years.  One of the classic sit-coms of the 70's,

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November 27, 2009
Very good review. I thought it was the funniest show on tv back in the "70". I tell you what!! That girl above me, DonnaL1, sure is a cutie.
 
August 31, 2009
Funny review. I interviewed LaWanda Page in the late 70s when she was in our town for a telethon. Loved the show, too, but agree with Drifter 51--just couldn't get into it again when it aired on TV Land....
 
August 31, 2009
Nice review. Funny, I enjoyed this show when it first aired in the 1970's but I just couldn't get into again in recent years on TV Land.
 
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Premiere Date: January 14, 1972
Description: Sit-Com
Genre: Comedy
Studio: NBC

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