Sanford and Son : The First Season
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"Elizabeth! I'm comin, honey!" Those were the words often heard coming from 9114 South Central, home to Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) - known more affectionately to each other as "Pop" and "Dummy" - and their junkyard business. Sanford and Son was the second TV series from Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, who created the groundbreaking "All in the Family" the year before. "Sanford and Son" aired from 1972-1977 and was NBC's most popular prime-time series for four of its five seasons, earning four Emmy nominations and a Golden-Globe Award for Redd Foxx during its run. Enjoy this hysterical first season - or you'll get one across the lip.
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Nevertheless, you get the entire first season here and it's worth every penny. Obviously, this show was ahead of its time and un p.c. as well. One significant plus with this first season is that you will get each episode in its entirety. TV Land obviously has to edit out certain parts (ie Fred using the N word)for today's audiences.
You also see the evolution of Fred and Lamont, along with Fred's buddy Melvin(played by longtime Redd Foxx partner Slappy White), and see early nemesis' of Fred like Aunt Hazel (Esther didn't appear until season two). All of the episodes are excellent, with my favorites being "Piano Movers", "Happy Birthday, Pop" "We Were Robbed", and "Color TV."
I can't emphasise how important this show was in the realm of pop culture and some of the issues tackled are still relevant today. Nothing like this will ever hit the airwaves again. Pick up the Season 2 and 3 sets as well.
Any new program goes through a growth process, as the characters are developed, and the show establishes an identity. Opening with Quincy Jones's classic theme, this program plays to the basic father and son relationship, with dashes of race based humor. Foxx, a night club comedian, tones his act down for TV, and as Fred Sanford, creates a minor TV icon. Among his trademarks, referring to Lamont as "dummy", threatening to deliver one "across the lip", and feigning cardiac arrest. Thoughtful and reasonable, Lamont, is the calming influence, trying to keep Fred from going too far. If Fred's "charm" doesn't win you over, you won't be watching this program for very long.
The quality of the episodes varies, but those that feature the Sanfords actually engaged in the junk business, generally hold your interest. In "The Piano Movers", the guys are involved in trying to remove a piano from an eccentric gentlemen's apartment. "The Copper Caper", finds the junkmen involved with a shady character dealing in stolen copper piping. In "Coffins for Sale", Lamont brings home, and stores in the house, a couple of coffins he picked up at a bargain price.
When it comes to love and romance, these gents have their ups and downs. Classy actress Lynn Hamilton, guests twice as Donna Harris, Fred's love interest. Nicknamed "the barracuda", she endures much abuse at the hands of both Sanfords, with no justification.Read more ›
This was the Norman Lear-dominated era of television, beyond boundaries broken by the Smothers Brothers while remaining within lingering standards and practices of the times. This was clever comedy, where much that could not be stated outright was conveyed with deft inventiveness. This was situation comedy with a socially conscious heart, where cultural diversity was introduced to a largely white-bread middle-American audience.
Redd Foxx was a master of blue humor (perhaps the last), never swearing in a recording until the rise of Richard Pryor (who, along with Garry Shandling, wrote for SANFORD AND SON) and later Eddie Murphy (whose HARLEM NIGHTS included one of Foxx's few film performances). Whether by choice or industry restrictions, Foxx's talent borderlined genius and is sorely missing from today's more blatant, less artful offerings.
With that stage set, SANFORD AND SON is alternately dated and refreshing. Of the content, the language, costuming, lighting, and stories reflect the times. Quincy Jones' memorable theme can grate after several episodes (one star off for no "play all" feature) as can the static opening credits, with their worn appearance. The episodes themselves, however, are in splendid shape and display none of the opening's artifacts.
SANFORD AND SON's first season is a straight adaptation of existing scripts from its British forefather, STEPTOE AND SON. It charts the territory and opens the way for innovations-to-come in the second season.Read more ›
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This first season of Sanford and Son is the best! The episodes are hysterical, with Fred up to his usual old tricks, and Lamont being a big dummy. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Julie A Ross
This is the season that changed the face of television. No longer were african-americans placed in the supporting role as Redd Foxx marched the show to the top of the charts with... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Frederick A. Babb
great show. Lamount was annoying with a funny dad who owns a junkyard in california. enjoy the good and bad times of their lifePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Dance Dance Dance
My dad introduced me to this show a year ago and I like it!I own the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seasons! The first season has these episodes(in no order):
We Were Robbed
Piano... Read more
All I have tos ay is this buy this dvd and you will be very happy you wil not regret it is so funny and Hilarious Donna is introduced on this set ..... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by A. R SCOTT
This set is excellent for any fan of the Sanfords, and if you love the show as much as I do, it is an essential. Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by John Madison
I had never watched this show until I moved into my apartment without cable. For the past few days, I have been watching this show nonstop! Read morePublished on June 19 2003