Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic '70s sitcom is based on the strong bond between an aging father and his adult son. While their relationship is a positive one, the son often finds himself taking on the parental role when things go wrong. Parents should also know that while the show's language and situations are mild when compared with today's sitcoms, Fred Sanford's consistent use of race-based insults and stereotypes make him a less-than-desirable role model -- and make the series better-suited for kids who can understand its original context.
Occasional references to white women being "sex maniacs."
Fred often threatens to hit people by giving them "five across the lip," but it's an empty promise.
Fred often calls Lamont "dummy" and other silly-but-insulting names.
Fred often resorts to insults and bigoted comments when talking to friends and family. The cast is diverse, but the show's working-class African-American characters exhibit characteristics of stereotypes typical to the time period. Fred and Lamont are close, but their relationship is marked by Fred's continual insults while Lamont takes care of him and the business.
Occasional references to Coca-Cola and other products.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Occasional consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. Hard liquor bottles visible throughout the Sanford home.