Sanford and Son

1972 TV-PG 4 seasons

Sanford and Son

1972 TV-PG 4 seasons
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Irascible junkman Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and his long-suffering son, Lamont (Demond Wilson), dream of better things. In the meantime, they share a home in Watts, Calif., surrounded by mounds of assorted inventory in this hit 1970s sitcom. Favorite targets of Fred's acid-tongued opinions, besides the more progressive Lamont, include his high-minded sister-in-law, Esther (LaWanda Page), and his Puerto Rican neighbor, Julio (Gregory Sierra).
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 3 (1972) - 3 discs

Redd Foxx and Desmond Wilson star as Fred Sanford, a cantankerous 65-year-old widower, and Lamont, his 34-year-old son. A junk dealer who lives in Los Angeles's Watts neighborhood, Fred continually (and hilariously) frustrates Lamont, and vice versa. The series -- one of television's all-time classic sitcoms -- tackled bigotry, the perils of working in the family business and, of course, the perils of family itself.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

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.

Sexual Content

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.

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

Occasional consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. Hard liquor bottles visible throughout the Sanford home.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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