CTVA US Comedy - "Sanford And Son" (Norman Lear-Bud Yorkin/NBC)(1972-77) Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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Sanford And Son (1972-77)
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Sanford And Son (season 1) (NBC) (Early 1972)
Sanford And Son (season 2) (NBC) (1972-73)
Sanford And Son (season 3) (NBC) (1973-74)
Sanford And Son (season 4) (NBC) (1974-75)
Sanford And Son (season 5) (NBC) (1975-76)
Sanford And Son (season 6) (NBC) (1976-77)
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SANFORD AND SON
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Tandem Productions, Inc.
Norbud Productions, Inc. (Norman Lear-Bud Yorkin)

for
NBC (Fridays)
Executive Producers, Norman Lear & Bud Yorkin
Produced by Aaron Ruben (season 1,2, 3 verified)
Co-Producers: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein

Based on the BBC television series "Steptoe and Son ", created by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson.

US Situation Comedy series 1972-1977 135 episodes x 30 min (6 seasons)

starring
Redd Foxx .... Fred Sanford
Demond Wilson .... Lamont Sanford
Raymond Allen .... Woody Anderson (1976-1977)
Don Bexley .... Bubba Bexley (as himself)
Marlene Clark .... Janet Lawson (1976-1977)
Edward Crawford .... Roger Lawson (1976-1977)
Lynn Hamilton .... Donna Harris
Whitman Mayo .... Grady Wilson (1973-1977) (spin-off series "Grady")
LaWanda Page .... Aunt Esther (1973-1977)
Noam Pitlik .... Officer Swanhauser (1972)
Beah Richards .... Aunt Ethel (1972)
Gregory Sierra .... Julio Fuentes (1972-1975)
Nathaniel Taylor .... Rollo Larson
Slappy White .... Melvin (1972)
Hal Williams .... Officer Smith ("Smitty") (1972-1976)

"Sanford and Son" debuted as a mid-season replacement series in January, 1972, and was an instant success with television
viewers. It was produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin who were also responsible for the ratings-giant "All In The Family."
The two shows had a few things in common -- they were both based on popular British sitcoms, and also were pioneers of edgy,
racial humor that reflected the changing politics of the time. In fact, Sanford & Son also helped to redefine the genre of
black situation comedy.
Comedian Redd Foxx plays the show's central character, Fred Sanford, a 65-year-old Los Angeles area junk dealer. Sanford's
son, Lamont, is grudgingly his partner in the junk business, but is always looking for a way out. Many of the episodes
focus on the conflict between widowed Fred and Lamont and their differing opinions on how to run both the business and
their lives. Crotchety old Fred makes his son crazy with his schemes, but Lamont ultimately cares for his pop too much
to leave him to his own devices. Many of the father and son's arguments end with Fred faking a heart attack while crying
out to his deceased wife ("I'm coming to join you, Elizabeth!") or Fred calling Lamont "Dummy."
A cast of colorful characters add to the hilarity of the series, including Fred's buddies Melvin (Slappy White),
Bubba (Don Hoover) and Grady (Whitman Mayo), as well as his meddling sister-in-law, Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page.)
Another "star" of the show was the funky theme song, written by Quincy Jones.
"Sanford and Son" was ranked in the top 10 during its 5 1/2 year run, and peaked out at #2 in the 1972-3 and 1973-4 seasons,
bested only by "All In The Family." When the two lead stars opted out of the series after the '76-'77 season, the rest
of the cast carried on with the "blink and you'll miss it" follow-up series "Sanford Arms." Taking place in Aunt Esther's
rooming house, "Arms" contained most of the original supporting players; however without the comedic brilliance of Foxx
and Wilson, it fizzled in less than a month. An attempt was made at a revival in 1980 with Foxx returning to the series
"Sanford," but the nation's taste for television had migrated south to "Dallas" and "The Dukes of Hazzard," dooming
"Sanford" to one season.

Spin-off Series Grady (1975) starring Whitman Mayo as Grady Wilson

Directors included:
Peter Baldwin, Jack Shea, Rick Edelstein, Alan Rafkin, John Rich  

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