Sanford & Son - Complete Series

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 043396264359
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Packaging / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 55:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,677

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Redd Foxx
Demond Wilson
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sanford and Son - The First Season
   Episodes
      Crossed Swords
      Happy Birthday, Pop
      Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bible
      The Copper Caper
      Matter of Life and Breath
      We Were Robbed
      A Pad for Lamont
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Sanford and Son - The First Season
   Episodes
      Episode 8: The Great Sanford Seige
      Episode 9: Coffins for Sale
      Episode 10: The Barracuda
      Episode 11: TV or Not TV
      Episode 12: The Suitcase Case
      Episode 13: Return of the Barracuda
      Episode 14: The Piano Movers
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #3 -- Sanford and Son - The Second Season
   Episodes
      The Light Housekeeper
      Blood is Thicker Thank Junk
      By the Numbers
      Card Sharps
      Whiplash
      Have Gun, Will Sell
      The Dowry
      Jealousy
      Tooth or Consequences
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #4 -- Sanford and Son - The Second Season
   Episodes
      The Shootout
      The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!
      A Visit from Lena Horne
      Sanford & Son & Sister Makes Three
      Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna
      A Guest in the Yard
      The Big Party
      Lamont Goes African
      Watts Side Story
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #5 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
   Episodes
      Pops 'N Pals
      The Infernal Triangle
      Home Sweet Home for the Aged
      Pot Luck
      The Kid
      Rated X
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #6 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
   Episodes
      Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman
      Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico
      A House is Not a Poolroom
   Trailers
      TV Action Favorites
      TV Comedy Favorites
Disc #7 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
   Episodes
      The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection
      Superflyer
      The Members of the Wedding
      Grady, The Star Boarder
      Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe
      Wine, Women & Aunt Esther
      Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle
      This Land is Whose Land?
Disc #8 -- Sanford and Son - The Third Season
   Episodes
      Tyrannt, Thy Name is Grady
      Aunt Esther & Uncle Woodrow Pfft
      The Way to Lamont's Heart
      Hello Cousin Emma, Goodbye Cousin Emma
Disc #9 -- Sanford and Son - The Fourth Season, Episodes 1-8
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Fred's Treasure Garden
      Once a Thief
      Extra Security
      There'll Be Some Changes Made
      Going Out of Business
      Ol' Brown Eyes is Back
      Matchmaker, Matchmaker
      Grady and His Lady
   Trailers
      Contemporary TV
      TV Action Favorites
      TV Comedy Favorites
Disc #10 -- Sanford and Son - The Fourth Season, Episodes 9-16
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      The Surprise Party
      My Kingdom For a Horse
      Home Sweet Home
      Sanford and Niece
      Strange Bedfellows
      Julio and Sister and Nephew
      The Merger
      Tower Power
Disc #11 -- Sanford and Son - The Fourth Season, Episodes 17-24
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      My Brother-in Law's Keeper
      The Masquerade Party
      Golden Boy
      The Stand-Ins
      The Headache
      The Older Woman
      The Stung
      Family Man
Disc #12 -- Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season, Episodes 1-9
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Brother, Can You Spare An Act?
      Della, Della, Della
      Donna Pops the Question
   Previews
      Contemporary TV
      TV Action Favorites
      TV Comedy Favorites
Disc #13 -- Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season, Episodes 10-18
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      My Fair Esther
      Sanford and Rising Son
      The Olympics
      Ebenezer Sanford
      The Oddfather
      Can You Chop This?
      Greatest Show In Watts
      Fred Sanford Has A Baby
      The T.V. Addict
Disc #14 -- Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season, Episodes 19-25
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Lamont in Love
      The Escorts
      The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice
      The Director
      A Pain In The Neck
      Sergeant Gork
      Camping Trip
Disc #15 -- Sanford and Son - The Sixth Season, Episodes 1-8
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Fred's Extra Job
      I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz
      The Hawaiian Connection - Part 1
      The Hawaiian Connection - Part 2
      The Winning Ticket
      The Stakeout
      California Crude
      Committee Man
   Previews
      The Partridge Family
      Hitch
      Are We There Yet?
      Classic Urban TV
Disc #16 -- Sanford and Son - The Sixth Season, Episodes 9-16
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Aunt Esther Has a Baby
      Aunt Esther Meets Her Son
      Sanford and Gong
      Carol
      Here Today, Gone Today
      Fred Meets Redd
      The Defiant One
      A Matter Of Silence
Disc #17 -- Sanford and Son - The Sixth Season, Epiosodes 17-24
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      When John Comes Marching Home
      The Will
      The Reverend Sanford
      Fred the Activist
      The Lucky Streak
      Funny, You Don't Look It
      Fred Sings the Blues
      School Daze
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sanford and Son

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    sandford and son

    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 .

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY

    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

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a gift.

    I am an early shopper for Christmas. I purchased this as a gift therefore I have not viewed any of the associated DVDs. But I appreciated the experience I had in purchasing the box set of Sanford and Son. Not only have I enjoyed the the experiences of purchasing gifts along with items I have purchased for personal at home viewing, I have also enjoyed the items I have purchased from the in-store coffee house. I am VERY particular about my lattes and the ones I have gotten at BN have been delightful! I have become a regular shopper at BN!! A GOOD THING!!

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