Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson. 24 episodes of cantankerous Fred and his son Dummy" Lamont Sanford's adventures as they try to strike it rich while dealing junk in Los Angeles. Includes Earthquake II," Divorce, Sanford Style," Greatest Show in Watts," Lamont in Love," Camping Trip" and more. 25 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1975-76/color/9 hrs/NR/fullscreen.
Guest stars and more guest stars seem to be the theme of Sanford and Son
's very funny fifth season (1975-1976). The 25 episodes feature a parade of celebrities supporting stars Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson in guest and recurring roles, including John Larroquette and Robert Guillaume in Steinberg and Son
, a TV sitcom based on Fred and Lamont's life; Marlene Clark as Lamont's girlfriend June; Nancy (The Beverly Hillbillies
) as Officer Hoppy's overprotective mom; and George Foreman, Merv Griffin, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme as themselves. The other addition to the series comes with the introduction of the Sanford Arms, a apartment built on former neighbor Julio's place, and which comes complete with a host of eccentric guests (the hotel, along with Sanford
stars LaWanda Page and Don Bexley, would be the focus of its own short-lived sitcom following Sanford and Son
's cancellation in 1977).
Otherwise, it's business as usual at Fred and Lamont's junkyard, with the pair getting involved in bank robberies, earthquakes, and escort services, while still finding time to go camping (in the season finale, written by Garry Shandling). The sheer amount of laughs offered by season 5 was a strong reminder of why the show had remained so popular for four seasons; unfortunately, time slot changes and the disinterest of both leads would spell the show's demise only one season later. As with the other Sanford sets, the fifth season box contains no supplemental features. --Paul Gaita