Sanford & Son - Complete Series
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Sanford & Son - Complete Series

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Director: Bob LaHendro, Bud Yorkin, Charles S. Dubin, Coby Ruskin

Cast: Bob LaHendro, Bud Yorkin, Charles S. Dubin, Coby Ruskin

Like his previous smash hit All in the Family, producer Norman Lear's NBC sitcom Sanford and Son was based on a British original, in this instance Steptoe and Son, the story of an elderly, irascible cockney junk dealer and his cloddish bachelor son and business partner. In the initial development stages, Sanford and


Like his previous smash hit All in the Family, producer Norman Lear's NBC sitcom Sanford and Son was based on a British original, in this instance Steptoe and Son, the story of an elderly, irascible cockney junk dealer and his cloddish bachelor son and business partner. In the initial development stages, Sanford and Son was to have been about a pair of Jewish men, but it was finally decided to transform the characters into African-Americans -- and in so doing, veteran "Chitlin Circuit" standup comedian Redd Foxx was catapulted to superstardom. Debuting January 14, 1972, the NBC series cast Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford, a 65-year-old L.A. junk dealer who ran a ramshackle salvage business in the backyard of his home. The cranky, mercenary Fred was satisfied with his lot in life, which was more than could be said for his 34-year-old son, Lamont (Demond Wilson), who was forever seeking out strategies to escape the junk business and go off on his own -- and, hopefully, to find himself a wife. The wily elder Sanford would have none of this, and devised all manner of schemes and subterfuges to keep Lamont from leaving. His favorite ploy was to feign having a heart seizure, whereupon he would look heavenward and "call out" to his late wife, "I'm comin', Elizabeth! This is the big one! I'm comin'!" Inasmuch as this charade fooled no one -- least of all Lamont -- one wondered if the younger Sanford really was that hepped out about leaving after all, or whether he felt secure in his shabby environs.

Although none of the series' supporting characters appeared on every episode, most were seen frequently enough to qualify as regulars. During season one, Fred hung out with his old buddy Melvin (Slappy White), and throughout the series he palled around with Bubba Bexley (Don Bexley). Beginning in 1973, Whitman Mayo was seen as Fred's crony Grady Wilson, who virtually became the series' star later on during Redd Foxx's frequent defections from the show due to salary and other squabbles with the producers. (Mayo himself virtually disappeared from Sanford and Son during the 1975-1976 season when he was spun off into his own sitcom, Grady.) Other recurring characters included eccentric police officers Swanhauser (Noam Pitlik), Smith (Hal Williams), and Hopkins (Howard Platt); Lamont's friend Rollo Larson (Nathaniel Taylor); restauranteur Ah Chew (Pat Morita); rival junk man Julio Fuentes (Gregory Sierra); Fred's off-and-on lady friend, Nurse Donna Harris (Lynn Hamilton); and Lamont's girlfriend and later fiancée, Janet Lawson (Marlene Clark). The one "standout" supporting character was Aunt Esther Anderson (LaWanda Page), who constantly quoted Scripture and who expressed her disapproval of Fred's shenanigans by giving a good solid punch once in a while (in some early episodes, Beah Richards appeared in a similar role as Aunt Ethel). With the departure of both Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson at the end of the series' sixth season, Sanford and Son was canceled September 2, 1977, to be "reborn" twice, first in the form of the spin-off series The Sanford Arms in the fall of 1977, then as the short-lived 1980 offering Sanford, with Redd Foxx in his original role.

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Sony Pictures
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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Demond Wilson Lamont Sanford,Actor
Redd Foxx Actor,Fred Sanford,Himself
Whitman Mayo Grady Wilson
Allan Drake Rodney Victor
Arnold Johnson George "Hutch" Hutton
Beverly Sanders Nora Simpson
Carol Arthur Ms. Barnes
Clarice Taylor Cousin Emma
David F. Doyle Clancy Fitzgerald
Don Bexley Bubba,Bubba Hoover
Don Ho Himself
Edward Andrews Sam Andrews
Fayette Pinkney Three Degrees Singer
Fred D. Scott Mr. Hastings
George Foreman Himself
Gregory Sierra Julio Fuentes
Helen Funai Miss Sato
Howard Platt Off. Hopkins
Ja'net DuBois Juanita
Jack Carter Marvin
LaWanda Page Aunt Esther,Brunhilde
Lena Horne Herself
Lynn Hamilton Donna Harris
Maureen Arthur Marilyn
Nancy Kulp May Hopkins,May. Hopkins
Nathaniel Taylor Rollo
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Ah Chew
Pat McCormick Moose
Robert Guillaume Albert Brock
Ross Martin Aram
Saul Turteltaub Teleplay
Scatman Crothers Bow Legs
Sheldon Leonard Davis
Stan Haze Jo-Jo Jackson
Talya Ferro Rose
Alma Beltran Mama Fuentes
Antonio Fargas Sonny Cochran
B.B. King Himself
Bernie Orenstein Teleplay
Billy Eckstine Auditioning Singer
Bob Goldstein Trild
Bryan O'Byrne Archibald
Carol Cole Ellie Marshall
Cesare Danova Cavorting Connoisseur
Chuck Barris Himself
Darrell Zwerling Pediatrician
Deborah Berns Girl Scout
Emily Yancy Alice
Eric Laneuville Daniel
Fritzi Burr Miss Rock,Mrs. Channing,Mrs. Willis
Fuddle Bagley Doctor
George Wiltshire Elroy
Gloria Delaney Janet
Greg Morris Willis
Hal Williams Off. Smith
Hank Rolike Yerby
Harvey Jason Dr. Stewart
Jack Manning Mr. O'Neill
Jonathan Harris Emile Bonnet
Judy Pace Judy
Kathrine McKee Lorraine
Ketty Lester Judy Edwards
Kim Hamilton Grace,Carol
Leo Fuchs Howard Goldstein
Lou Jacobi Max Steinberg
Marlene Clark Janet Lawson
Mary Alice Frances Victor
Mary Wickes Mary
Milton Selzer Sam Gittelman
Miriam Colon Carlotta
Norma Miller Dolly
Pamela Jones Candy
Patrick Campbell Prof. Miller
Philip Bruns Calvin
Raymond Allen Uncle Woodrow
Rodolfo Hoyos Surveyor
Roger E. Mosley Norman Blood
Ron Glass Herman,Hucklebuck
Spo-De-Odee Carol
Stymie Beard Otis
Taurean Blacque Hank
Thalmus Rasulala Heart Fund Man,Skeeter
Tom Scott Mr. Phillips
Valerie Holliday Three Degrees Singer
Wally Taylor Mr. Barrington
Yuki Shimoda Sato
Adam Wade Creedy
Al Wilson Al
Albert Reed Grady
Ann Driscoll Mrs. O'Neill
Barbara Rhoades Gladys
Barry Wright Junior Joe Louis
Beah Richards Aunt Ethel
Beverly Hope Atkinson 1st Girl
Charles Thomas Murphy Melvin
Corey John Fischer Anthony Marvinowsky
Danny Wells Danny,Danny Taylor
Davis Roberts Dr. Caldwell
Della Reese Herself
Della Thomas Della
Elma V. Jackson Mrs. Harris
Esther Sutherland Aunt Minnie
Graham Brown Principal
Harry Basch Dr. Jamison
Hazel Medina Alice
Helen Martin Nurse
Herb Voland Osborne
Hi-Fi White MC
Hilda Haynes Aunt Minnie
Hugh Van Putten Gus Thomas
James A. Watson John
James Wheaton Nelson B. Davis
Jayne Kennedy Brenda
Joe Morton Hal Marshall
John Hawker Mailman,Postman,William
K. Jackson Mabel
Keene Curtis Dr. Goodman
Liam Dunn Gus
Lincoln Kilpatrick Jason
Maida Severn Miss Ecker
Marc Copage Fredsie
Margaret Avery Denise
Melvin Stewart Clarence
Merv Griffin Himself
Ned Wertimer Mr. Crenshaw
Noam Pitlik Off. Swanhauser
Patrick Cranshaw Bank Guard
Paula Kelly Olayia
Percy Rodrigues Lou Turner
Raymond Oliver Dr. Poag (hypnotist)
Richard Ward Al Banks
Robert DoQui Psychologist
Robin Braxton Mrs. Sherman
Roscoe Lee Browne Wilcox
Rozelle Gayle Elephant's Owner,Sgt. Perkins
Rudy Challenger Mr. Merton
Sheila Ferguson Three Degrees Singer
Shirley Washington Salesgirl
Slappy White Melvin
Sonny Jim Gaines "Big Money Grip" Madlock
Sosimo Hernandez Rodriguez
Tina Andrews Elizabeth (Liz)
Vernon Weddle Mr. Clifford
Vivian Bonnell Audrey
Burt Mustin Malloy
David Moses Gunman,Rooster
David Roberts Dr. Caldwell
Dilart Heyson Burglar
Jack Deleon Movie Director
Joaquin Garay Waiter
John Amos Luther
Larry Blake Mr. Watkins
Marguerite Ray Margaret
Sid McCoy 1st Dentist
Gladys Perry Betty Jean
LeRoy Daniels Leroy
Migdia Varela Maria Fuentes

Technical Credits
Bob LaHendro Director
Bud Yorkin Director
Charles S. Dubin Director
Coby Ruskin Director
Hal Cooper Director
Jack Shea Director
Lewis Gomavitz Director
Peter Baldwin Director
Rick Edelstein Director
Sid McCoy Director
Jack Shea Director

Scene Index

Disc #6 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
1. Lamont, is that You? [:52]
1. Lamont as Othello [10:12]
1. This Little TV Went to Market [11:18]
1. Presenting the Three Degrees [2:26]
1. Libra Rising All Over Lamont [:01]
Disc #8 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
1. Fred's Cheating Heart [:53]
1. The Party Crasher [11:24]
1. Lamont Goes Karate [10:44]
1. Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something? [1:56]
Disc #12 -- Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season, Episodes 1-9
1. Over the Hill Gag [:53]
1. Earthquake II [13:34]
1. Divorce, Sanford Style [9:53]
1. Band On This [:35]
1. The Sanford Arms [:03]
1. Steinberg and Son [:01]

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Sanford & Son - Complete Series 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ONYX68 More than 1 year ago
I have had many laughs from this set, i rewind many times to get extra laughs , these dvds offer more than the tv series no commercials and no cut out from many of the scenes. you will not be dissappointed in this set
scrjkeb6 More than 1 year ago
great to have in the house. when nothing is on tv, and you need some laughs to brighten up you day or night just pop it in .
Joanne60 More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see that I could get all the episodes all in one box. I have enjoyed watching Sanford and Son for years and this way i can watch and never miss an episode. Would reccommend to anyone.
EarlyShopper More than 1 year ago
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