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Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season (1972)

Redd Foxx , Demond Wilson , Alan Rafkin , Bill Foster  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Nathaniel Taylor, Don Bexley
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bill Foster, James Sheldon, Lewis Gomavitz, Mark Warren
  • Writers: Alan Simpson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 623 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KE2FW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sanford and Son - The Fifth Season" on IMDb

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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

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When the show started to go downhill January 15, 2005
Sanford and Son's 5th season shows one of the best sitcoms ever created running out of steam. While Redd Foxx was funny as ever, especially when he was insulting Aunt Esther, the writing really went downhill. Fred Sanford seemed to becoming the Ralph Kramden of the '70s, entering one big money making scheme after another (selling Whopper Choppers, having a circus in his junkyard, opening a Japanese restaurant in his house, etc). Grady, played by Whitman Mayo, made far less appearances due to his ill-fated spinoff of the same name. There were still several funny episodes in Season 5 with the best being "The Over The Hill Gag" and "Bank On This" from Disc 1 and "Sanford And Son Rising", "The Olympics", "The Oddfather", and "Can You Chop This" from Disc 2. As stated earlier, the writing was getting stale. In "Brother, Can You Spare An Act?", Fred and Lamont show their singing and tap dancing skills respectively. Which makes you ask the question, "Why are they working in a junkyard?" The "Steinberg And Son" episode, where Fred and Lamont attempt to sue over a show that copies their lives, was very unrealistic. Lamont's character was getting softer as he engaged to be married to his fiance Janet. Special guests such as Della Reese and George Foreman were making appearances and there were a few flashback episodes, clear signs that the writers were running out of ideas. If you're a big fan of the show, you'll still enjoy most of the episodes here as even the weaker ones have their moments. It just isn't consistently humorous like nearly every episode from Seasons 1-3 and most of Season 4.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wolf woman don't come out until there's a full moon." October 31, 2004
Add another 25 episodes of the classic Sanford & Son to your collection with the Complete Season 5! If you own the 5 seasons of Sanford & Son available right now, then you have 111 of the 136 episodes of this essential show(leaving the 25 episodes that will wrap up the series in Season 6). There are some opinions that say Season 5 was when the show started to run out of steam. The reality is this season offers tons of laughs because of the talent of it's stars, especially Redd Foxx, who despite being unhappy with the show, continued to turn out hilarious performances as always as Fred G. Sanford (that's S-A-N-F-O-R-D period). The same can be said for Demond Wilson and the supporting cast. Season 5 saw the appearances of new characters like Lamont's fiancee Janet, Officer Hoppy's Mom, and Hutch, one of the residents of the new "Sanford Arms" boarding house. This season is also notable for several guest appearances such as Robert Guillaume (Benson), John Larroquette (Night Court), Della Reese, Merv Griffin, and George Foreman. Discs 1 & 2 each have 9 episodes and Disc 3 has 7. Here are the episode titles for Season 5 (Sept 75-Mar 76):

01. Earthquake II

02. Divorce, Sanford Style

03. Bank on this

04. The Sanford Arms

05. Steinberg & Son

06. Brother, can you spare an act?

07. Della, Della, Della

08. Donna pops the question

09. My fair Esther

10. Sanford and Rising Son

11. The Olympics

12. Ebenezer Sanford

13. The Oddfather

14. Can you Chop this?

15. Greatest Show in Watts

16. Fred Sanford has a baby

17. The TV Addict

18. Lamont in Love

19. The Escorts

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One foot in the grave, the other on a Banana peel July 8, 2004
By the time the fifth season of Sanford and Son came around,it was obvious that the show was on it's last leg.
Despites some funny episodes (Earthquake II,Steinberg and Son,My Fair Esther, Sanford and Rising Son, The TV Addict and The Director featuring George Foreman) we get a ton of stinkers (Sergeant Gork, The Oddfather, Can You Chop This?, Greatest Show in Watts and A Pain in the Neck).
Aside from the supporting cast becoming more prominant, the season also introduces Janet,Lamont's new fiancee,, Hutch and May Hopkins (Hoppy's Mother) , two resident of the new Sanford Arms.
Even with the new recurring charaters,it's obvious Sanford and Son was getting tired, and the fact that the two leads quitting the show after the next and final season makes this obvious.
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By Season Five, things had begun to go downhill regarding this once great sitcom, although the scripts weren't all that bad. What's missing this season, is next-door neighbor Julio Fuentes. Without anyone of great value to fight with, Fred G. Sanford is left to insult son Lamont & sister-in-law Esther. Enter Fred's brother-in-law Rodney, who's no match for Julio in the cultural exchange department. The ethnic barbs that took place the previous three seasons between Fred & Julio are what helped propel "Sanford & Son" to the top of the ratings heap. Now on to some of the episodes. Fred takes a vacation to Las Vegas in the season opener "Earthquake II". Merv Griffin, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme guest-star. With Julio Fuentes officially gone from the cast, Fred & Lamont acquire an interest in buying Julio's property & convert it into a boarding house in the episode titled "Bank On This", where Fred & Lamont have difficulty in securing a loan from their bank. In part two of this episode titled "The Sanford Arms", Fred & Lamont have trouble acquiring new tenants, so the bank threatens to foreclose on the property. Fred & Lamont threaten to sue the producers of a new sitcom based on their lives, titled "Steinberg & Son", in that the characters physically resemble the Sanfords & friends! Donna gives Fred one final chance at marriage in "Donna Pops The Question", & Fred trains in the Senior Olympics when he sees that a patient of Donna's is fit & trim. Fred plans a get-rich-quick scheme with Lamont's acting school tuition money by selling a certain appliance in "Can You Chop This", & Fred & Ah Chew open a Japanese restaurant on the Sanford property in "Sanford and Rising Son". "Greatest Show In Watts" finds Fred investing in a baby elephant & holds a circus in the junkyard. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AT SEASON 4
Sanford and Son was one of the best comedies in history, but sadly they decided to make a 5th and 6th season. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Times
Memories when I watched them and I was in High School days. They were good and very funny actors along with their friends.
Published 5 months ago by KEVIN J. LOPRESTI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
True funny tY
Published 7 months ago by LaVerne M Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. D
Loved most all the episodes. ... but still a great DVD... Thinking of purchasing all the other DVD's also. .... Thanks
Published 7 months ago by gillespie1v
3.0 out of 5 stars The Empire begins to crumble....
The great Sanford Empire that was built up over the first 3 seasons & held up pretty well during its fourth year, begins to show cracks in its 5th season. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my selection
I love Sanford and Son. Already had Seasons 1-4 and purchased this and Season 6. Arrived in perfect condition and havent had a problem with it.
Published 11 months ago by NCGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah
This was the only season we was missing and have watched them all and really enjoyed watching the shows. Great
Published 15 months ago by Caroline Jarzewiak
5.0 out of 5 stars I love me some Fred
Fred Sanford is a funny old junk dealer, with a bible toting crazy sister in law Aunt Esther and a dumb son Lamont. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ashleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price
Love the DVD case and love Redd Foxx. This is an oldie but goody and an all time favorite of mine.
Published 22 months ago by Yaken Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Sanford & Son Treasure Item!!!
If you are a true Sanford and & Son fan then you are not reading this to figure out "if" you are gonna buy this edition, because you are DEFINITELY gonna buy this 5th season no... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Phil
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