List of Sanford and Son episodes

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Sanford and Son is an American sitcom based on the BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son that aired Fridays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST) on NBC from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson, the series follows Fred G. Sanford and his son Lamont Sanford as they operate a junk and antique dealership out of their home.

Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 14 January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14) April 14, 1972 (1972-04-14) August 6, 2002
2 24 September 15, 1972 (1972-09-15) March 16, 1973 (1973-03-16) February 4, 2003
3 24 September 14, 1973 (1973-09-14) March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29) October 7, 2003
4 25 September 13, 1974 (1974-09-13) April 25, 1975 (1975-04-25) March 30, 2004
5 24 September 12, 1975 (1975-09-12) March 19, 1976 (1976-03-19) September 14, 2004
6 24 September 24, 1976 (1976-09-24) March 25, 1977 (1977-03-25) June 7, 2005

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1972)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Crossed Swords" Bud Yorkin Aaron Ruben January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14)
2 2 "Happy Birthday, Pop" Bud Yorkin Aaron Ruben January 21, 1972 (1972-01-21)
3 3 "Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride" Bud Yorkin Aaron Ruben January 28, 1972 (1972-01-28)
4 4 "The Copper Caper" Bud Yorkin Aaron Ruben February 4, 1972 (1972-02-04)
5 5 "A Matter of Life and Breath" George Tyne Aaron Ruben February 11, 1972 (1972-02-11)
6 6 "We Were Robbed" Coby Ruskin Aaron Ruben February 18, 1972 (1972-02-18)
7 7 "A Pad for Lamont" Bob LaHendro Aaron Ruben February 25, 1972 (1972-02-25)
8 8 "The Great Sanford Siege" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben March 3, 1972 (1972-03-03)
9 9 "Coffins for Sale" Charles S. Dubin Aaron Ruben March 10, 1972 (1972-03-10)
10 10 "The Barracuda" Charles S. Dubin Aaron Ruben March 17, 1972 (1972-03-17)
11 11 "TV or Not TV" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben March 24, 1972 (1972-03-24)
12 12 "The Suitcase Case" Peter Baldwin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 31, 1972 (1972-03-31)
13 13 "The Return of the Barracuda" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben April 7, 1972 (1972-04-07)
14 14 "The Piano Movers" Bruce Bilson Aaron Ruben April 14, 1972 (1972-04-14)


Season 2 (1972/73)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
15 1 "By the Numbers" Peter Baldwin Terry Ryan September 15, 1972 (1972-09-15)
16 2 "Whiplash" Rick Edelstein Allan Katz & Don Reo September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22)
17 3 "The Dowry" Jack Shea Richard Pryor & Paul Mooney September 29, 1972 (1972-09-29)
18 4 "Jealousy" Jack Shea Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 6, 1972 (1972-10-06)
19 5 "Tooth or Consequences" Peter Baldwin Adell Stevenson October 13, 1972 (1972-10-13)
20 6 "The Card Sharps" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben October 27, 1972 (1972-10-27)
21 7 "Have Gun, Will Sell" Rick Edelstein Adell Stevenson November 3, 1972 (1972-11-03)
22 8 "The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!" Peter Baldwin Allan Katz & Don Reo November 10, 1972 (1972-11-10)
23 9 "The Shootout" Peter Baldwin Allan Katz & Don Reo November 17, 1972 (1972-11-17)
24 10 "Blood Is Thicker Than Junk" Peter Baldwin Allan Katz & Don Reo November 24, 1972 (1972-11-24)
25 11 "Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three" Rick Edelstein Richard Pryor & Paul Mooney December 1, 1972 (1972-12-01)
26 12 "A Guest in the Yard" Jack Shea Ilunga Adell December 8, 1972 (1972-12-08)
27 13 "Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna" Rick Edelstein Lloyd Garver & Ken Hecht December 15, 1972 (1972-12-15)
28 14 "The Light Housekeeper" Peter Baldwin Teleplay: Lee Kalcheim and Aaron Ruben
Story: Lee Kalcheim
December 22, 1972 (1972-12-22)
29 15 "The Big Party" Jack Shea Teleplay: Odie Hawkins and Aaron Ruben
Story: Odie Hawkins
January 5, 1973 (1973-01-05)
30 16 "A Visit from Lena Horne" Jack Shea Allan Katz & Don Reo January 12, 1973 (1973-01-12)
31 17 "Lamont Goes African" Jack Shea Ilunga Adell January 19, 1973 (1973-01-19)
32 18 "Watts Side Story" Jack Shea Lloyd Garver & Ken Hecht January 26, 1973 (1973-01-26)
33 19 "The Infernal Triangle" Sid McCoy Aaron Ruben February 2, 1973 (1973-02-02)
34 20 "Pops 'n' Pals" Rick Edelstein Allan Katz & Don Reo February 9, 1973 (1973-02-09)
35 21 "Home Sweet Home for the Aged" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben February 16, 1973 (1973-02-16)
36 22 "Pot Luck" Peter Baldwin Aaron Ruben February 23, 1973 (1973-02-23)
37 23 "The Kid" Jack Shea Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 9, 1973 (1973-03-09)
38 24 "Rated X" Peter Baldwin Ilunga Adell March 16, 1973 (1973-03-16)


Season 3 (1973/74)[edit]

Note: Twenty-five episodes were written for Season Three, but Episode 19 was never taped due to contract disputes with Redd Foxx and producers of the show. The negotiations led to Foxx being absent from the last six episodes, but he returned to the series at the beginning of Season Four.

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate
39 1 "Lamont as Othello" Peter Baldwin Ilunga Adell September 14, 1973 (1973-09-14)
40 2 "Libra Rising All Over Lamont" Jack Shea Ilunga Adell September 21, 1973 (1973-09-21)
41 3 "Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman" Jack Shea Gene Farmer September 28, 1973 (1973-09-28)
42 4 "Presenting the Three Degrees" Peter Baldwin Ilunga Adell October 5, 1973 (1973-10-05)
43 5 "This Little TV Went to Market" Peter Baldwin Gene Farmer October 12, 1973 (1973-10-12)
44 6 "Lamont, Is That You?" Peter Baldwin James R. Stein & Robert Illes October 19, 1973 (1973-10-19)
45 7 "Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico" Jack Shea Gene Farmer October 26, 1973 (1973-10-26)
46 8 "Superflyer" Peter Baldwin Teleplay: Charles T. Williams and Ilunga Adell
Story: Charles T. Williams
November 2, 1973 (1973-11-02)
47 9 "The Members of the Wedding"
"The Engagement"
Jack Shea James R. Stein & Robert Illes November 9, 1973 (1973-11-09)
48 10 "The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection"
"The Chameleon"
Mark Warren Phil Mishkin November 16, 1973 (1973-11-16)
49 11 "A House is Not a Pool Room" Jack Shea Winston Moss November 23, 1973 (1973-11-23)
50 12 "Grady, the Star Boarder" Jack Shea Gene Farmer November 30, 1973 (1973-11-30)
51 13 "Wine, Women & Aunt Esther"
"Leaving the Nest"
Peter Baldwin Teleplay: Ilunga Adell
Story: James R. Stein & Robert Illes
December 14, 1973 (1973-12-14)
52 14 "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe" Jack Shea Ilunga Adell January 4, 1974 (1974-01-04)
53 15 "Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle" Bob LaHendro Teleplay: Gene Farmer
Story: Paul Mooney and Gene Farmer
January 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
54 16 "This Land is Whose Land?" Peter Baldwin Ilunga Adell January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
55 17 "Fred's Cheating Heart" Stan Lathan Ilunga Adell February 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)
56 18 "The Party Crasher" Stan Lathan Gene Farmer February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)
57 19 "Lamont Goes Karate" Bud Yorkin Ilunga Adell February 15, 1974 (1974-02-15)
58 20 "Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something" Stan Lathan Aaron Ruben February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
59 21 "Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady" Stan Lathan Gene Farmer March 1, 1974 (1974-03-01)
60 22 "Aunt Esther & Uncle Woodrow Pfft..." Bud Yorkin Ilunga Adell March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
61 23 "The Way to Lamont's Heart" Hal Cooper Story: Paul Wayne & George Burditt
Teleplay: Paul Wayne & George Burditt and Aaron Ruben
March 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
62 24 "Hello Cousin Emma, Goodbye Cousin Emma" Hal Cooper Bill Manhoff March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)


Season 4 (1974/75)[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
63 1 "The Surprise Party" Norman Abbott Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein September 13, 1974 (1974-09-13)
64 2 "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" Bill Foster Jerry Ross September 20, 1974 (1974-09-20)
65 3 "Ol' Brown Eyes is Back" Bill Foster Rick Mittleman September 27, 1974 (1974-09-27)
66 4 "Grady and His Lady" Stan Lathan Gene Farmer October 4, 1974 (1974-10-04)
67 5 "There'll Be Some Changes Made" Norman Abbott Jerry Ross and Earl Pomerantz October 11, 1974 (1974-10-11)
68 6 "Going Out of Business" Norman Abbott Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein October 18, 1974 (1974-10-18)
69 7 "Home Sweet Home" Norman Abbott Ted Bergmann October 25, 1974 (1974-10-25)
70 8 "My Kingdom For a Horse" Bill Foster Arnie Rosen November 1, 1974 (1974-11-01)
71 9 "Sanford and Niece" Norman Abbott Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein November 8, 1974 (1974-11-08)
72 10 "Julio and Sister and Nephew" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein November 15, 1974 (1974-11-15)
73 11 "Fred's Treasure Garden" Herbert Kenwith Ilunga Adell November 29, 1974 (1974-11-29)
74 12 "Tower Power" Bill Foster Calvin Kelly December 6, 1974 (1974-12-06)
75 13 "A Little Extra Security" Herbert Kenwith Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein December 13, 1974 (1974-12-13)
76 14 "The Merger" Bill Foster Jerry Ross December 20, 1974 (1974-12-20)
77 15 "Once a Thief" Herbert Kenwith Winston Moss December 27, 1974 (1974-12-27)
78 16 "The Stand-Ins" Bill Foster Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein January 17, 1975 (1975-01-17)
79 17 "Strange Bedfellows" Norman Abbott Ted Bergmann January 24, 1975 (1975-01-24)
80 18 "The Masquerade Party" Norman Abbott Teleplay: Ted Bergmann
Story: Redd Foxx
January 31, 1975 (1975-01-31)
81 19 "Golden Boy" Norman Abbott George Yanok & Bob Garland February 7, 1975 (1975-02-07)
82 20 "My Brother-in-Law's Keeper" Norman Abbott Ted Bergmann February 14, 1975 (1975-02-14)
83 21 "The Headache" Bill Foster Arnie Rosen February 21, 1975 (1975-02-21)
84 22 "The Stung" Alan Rafkin George Yanok & Bob Garland February 28, 1975 (1975-02-28)
85 23 "The Older Woman" Alan Rafkin Ted Bergmann March 7, 1975 (1975-03-07)
86 24 "The Over-the-Hill Gag" Stan Lathan Matt Robinson March 14, 1975 (1975-03-14)
87 25 "The Family Man" Bud Yorkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein April 25, 1975 (1975-04-25)


Season 5 (1975/76)[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Title Directed by Written by Original Airdate
88 1 "Earthquake II" Bill Foster Jerry Ross September 12, 1975 (1975-09-12)
89 2 "Divorce, Sanford Style" Alan Rafkin Ted Bergman September 19, 1975 (1975-09-19)
90 3 "Bank on This" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein September 26, 1975 (1975-09-26)
91 4 "The Sanford Arms" Mark Warren Ted Bergman October 3, 1975 (1975-10-03)
92 5 "Steinberg and Son" James Sheldon Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein October 10, 1975 (1975-10-10)
93 6 "Brother, Can You Spare an Act?" Bill Foster Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein October 17, 1975 (1975-10-17)
94 7 "Della, Della, Della" Mark Warren Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein October 31, 1975 (1975-10-31)
95 8 "Donna Pops the Question" James Sheldon Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein November 7, 1975 (1975-11-07)
96 9 "My Fair Esther" James Sheldon Jerry Ross November 14, 1975 (1975-11-14)
97 10 "Sanford and Rising Son" Mark Warren Ted Bergman and Garry Shandling November 21, 1975 (1975-11-21)
98 11 "The Olympics" Mark Warren Madelyn Davis & Bob Carroll, Jr. December 5, 1975 (1975-12-05)
99 12 "Ebenezer Sanford" James Sheldon Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein December 12, 1975 (1975-12-12)
100 13 "The Oddfather" James Sheldon Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein January 2, 1976 (1976-01-02)
101 14 "Can You Chop This?" Mark Warren Joni Rhodes January 9, 1976 (1976-01-09)
102 15 "Greatest Show in Watts" Sid McCoy Jerry Ross January 16, 1976 (1976-01-16)
103 16 "Fred Sanford Has a Baby" James Sheldon Jay Burton January 23, 1976 (1976-01-23)
104 17 "The TV Addict" Mark Warren Jerry Ross January 30, 1976 (1976-01-30)
105 18 "Lamont in Love" Alan Rafkin Ted Bergman February 6, 1976 (1976-02-06)
106 19 "The Escorts" Alan Rafkin Jerry Ross February 13, 1976 (1976-02-13)
107 20 "The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice" Lewis Gomavitz Ted Bergman February 20, 1976 (1976-02-20)
108 21 "The Director" Alan Rafkin Garry Shandling February 27, 1976 (1976-02-27)
109 22 "A Pain in the Neck" Alan Rafkin Rick Mittleman March 5, 1976 (1976-03-05)
110 23 "Sergeant Gork" Bill Wyse Teleplay: Ted Bergman
Story: Redd Foxx and Ted Bergman
March 12, 1976 (1976-03-12)
111 24 "Camping Trip" Alan Rafkin Garry Shandling March 19, 1976 (1976-03-19)


Season 6 (1976/77)[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
112/113 1/2 "The Hawaiian Connection: Parts 1 & 2" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein September 24, 1976 (1976-09-24)
114 3 "The Hawaiian Connection: Part 3" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
115 4 "California Crude" Norman Abbott Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz October 8, 1976 (1976-10-08)
116 5 "The Stakeout" Norman Abbott Earl Barret October 15, 1976 (1976-10-15)
117 6 "I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz" Alan Rafkin Larry Mintz & Alan Eisenstock October 22, 1976 (1976-10-22)
118 7 "The Winning Ticket" Alan Rafkin Bob DeVinney November 5, 1976 (1976-11-05)
119 8 "Committee Man" Chuck Liotta Garry Shandling November 12, 1976 (1976-11-12)
120 9 "Fred's Extra Job" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein November 19, 1976 (1976-11-19)
121 10 "Carol" Alan Rafkin Earl Barret November 26, 1976 (1976-11-26)
122 11 "Aunt Esther Has a Baby" Alan Rafkin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein December 3, 1976 (1976-12-03)
123 12 "Aunt Esther Meets Her Son" Al Rabin Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein December 10, 1976 (1976-12-10)
124 13 "Sanford and Gong" Bill Foster Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein December 17, 1976 (1976-12-17)
125 14 "Here Today, Gone Today" Bill Foster Warren S. Murray January 7, 1977 (1977-01-07)
126 15 "Fred Meets Redd" Bill Foster Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein January 14, 1977 (1977-01-14)
127 16 "The Defiant One"
"Chinese Torture"
Russ Petranto Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz January 21, 1977 (1977-01-21)
128 17 "A Matter of Silence" Russ Petranto John T. Bell January 28, 1977 (1977-01-28)
129 18 "When John Comes Marching Home" Russ Petranto Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz February 4, 1977 (1977-02-04)
130 19 "The Reverend Sanford" Russ Petranto Jim Belcher February 11, 1977 (1977-02-11)
131 20 "The Will" Russ Petranto Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein February 18, 1977 (1977-02-18)
132 21 "Fred the Activist" Russ Petranto Richard Freiman & Stephen Young February 25, 1977 (1977-02-25)
133 22 "The Lucky Streak" Russ Petranto Joseph R. Henderson March 4, 1977 (1977-03-04)
134 23 "Funny, You Don't Look It" Russ Petranto Rabbi Joseph Feinstein March 11, 1977 (1977-03-11)
135 24 "Fred Sings the Blues" Russ Petranto Larry Mintz & Alan Eisenstock March 18, 1977 (1977-03-18)
136 25 "School Daze" Carl McCarthy Rick Mittleman March 25, 1977 (1977-03-25)


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