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About Sanford And Son
Sixty-something Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) operate a Los Angeles junk shop in this groundbreaking 1970s comedy. The Norman Lear-created series earned seven Emmy nominations, and its funky theme song by Quincy Jones was voted ninth best of all time by Rolling Stone.
Like Lear’s All in The Family, Sanford And Son is an intergenerational sitcom based on a British comedy. But while Fred Sanford may have been conceived as an African-American Archie Bunker, Foxx quickly made the character his own. After three decades as a nightclub comic, Foxx’s masterful timing and broad physicality helped elevate a simple premise into a TV classic.
Many episodes involve the cash-strapped Sanfords concocting get-rich-quick schemes, often involving Fred’s buddies Grady (Whitman Mayo) and Bubba (Don Bexley) and Lamont’s friend Rollo (Nathaniel Taylor). Keeping everyone on the straight and narrow are LAPD beat cops “Smitty” Smith (Hal Williams) and “Hoppy” Hopkins (Howard Platt). But the show’s secret weapon is La Wanda Page as Aunt Esther, Fred’s sister-in-law and chief antagonist. Their vicious bickering is the comedic high point of every episode.
Foxx and Wilson left after season six and NBC attempted to continue the show as Sanford Arms with a new lead and the same supporting cast. Not surprisingly, it was cancelled after four episodes.
Notable guest stars:
Lena Horne, Joe Morton. Pat Morita, Dick Van Patten, Robert Guillaume, Steve Lawrence, Eyde Gorme, Howard Hessman, Della Reese, Scatman Crothers, John Larroquette, Don Ho, B.B. King, John Amos, Jonathan Harris, Nancy Kulp, Matthew “Stymie” Beard, Thalmus Rasulala, Ron Glass, Greg Morris, Sheldon Leonard, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ja’net DuBois, Chuck Barris, George Foreman, Antonio Fargas, David Doyle, Taurean Blacque, Ronnie Schell, Pat Paulsen, Pat McCormick, Tamara Dobson
Developed by Norman Lear, based on the BBC sitcom Steptoe And Son by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Theme song by Quincy Jones.