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Sanford and Son - The First Season (1972)

Redd Foxx , Demond Wilson , Bob LaHendro , Bruce Bilson  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Slappy White, Peter Bonerz, Noam Pitlik
  • Directors: Bob LaHendro, Bruce Bilson, Bud Yorkin, Charles S. Dubin, Coby Ruskin
  • Writers: Aaron Ruben
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 364 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068V9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sanford and Son - The First Season" on IMDb

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  • Complete 13 episodes
  • Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

Editorial Reviews

"Elizabeth! I'm comin, honey!" Those were the words often heard coming from 9114 South Central, home to Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) - known more affectionately to each other as "Pop" and "Dummy" - and their junkyard business. Sanford and Son was the second TV series from Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, who created the groundbreaking "All in the Family" the year before. "Sanford and Son" aired from 1972-1977 and was NBC's most popular prime-time series for four of its five seasons, earning four Emmy nominations and a Golden-Globe Award for Redd Foxx during its run. Enjoy this hysterical first season - or you'll get one across the lip.

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's the big one!" September 18, 2002
By Deanna
Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) and his son, Lamont (Demond Wilson) own and operate Sanford and Son Salvage, where they collect and resell second hand items, antiques and junk. Their hilarious adventures and business dealings set the stage for some classic television comedy.
Sanford and Son ran for five seasons on NBC, earning four Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe for Redd Foxx and the distinction of being the highest rated show on the network for four years.
Since much of the first season was based on previously written material, the series had yet to create many of the great supporting characters we all remember, like Aunt Esther, Grady, Bubba, and Rollo. However, in "The Copper Caper," we meet Officers Smitty and Swanny for the first time. Below is a brief summary of all of the episodes you will get in this set.
1. "Crossed Swords"- When Lamont buys a valuable porcelain statue for $15.00, he auctions it off to make enough money to start his own business.
2. "Happy Birthday, Pop"- Lamont tries to make Fred's sixty-fifth birthday special, but it's not going to be easy to please his dad.
3. "Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride"- It's Lamont's wedding day and he's left at the altar by his bride, who has cold feet. The family gets together back at the house for a "reception," where the main topic of conversation is who gets to keep the gifts.
4. "The Copper Caper"- Another one of Lamont's moneymaking schemes backfires when he and Fred are duped into buying stolen copper.
5. "A Matter of Life and Breath"- Lamont's plan to get Fred to give up smoking crumbles when he joins him for a free test at the Breath Mobile and receives alarming results.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lamont, you big dummy!" August 1, 2002
Complete first season of the hilarious sitcom about a 65 year old junk dealer, Fred Sanford(Redd Foxx), and his son/partner, Lamont (Demond Wilson) is a classic. The same people (Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin, etc.) who dominated 1970s television comedy by bringing us All in the Family (1971), Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), and The Jeffersons (1975) also did Sanford and Son (1972). Sanford & Son does not play much on TV anymore, so if you havent had the pleasure of seeing it, but are a fan of any of the previously listed shows I highly recommend it. Redd Foxx was a comedic genius and this show features his best work. This DVD set will feature the first 14 episodes (Jan - April 1972), here are the titles:
01) Crossed Swords
02) Happy Birthday, Pop
03) Here comes the bride, there goes the bride
04) The copper caper
05) A matter of life and breath
06) We were robbed
07) A pad for Lamont
08) The great Sanford Siege
09) Coffins for sale
10) The Barracuda
11) TV or not TV
12) The suitcase case
13) The return of the Barracuda
14) The piano movers
Also recommended:
All in the Family: Complete first season 3 dvd set (13 episodes)
The Jeffersons: Complete first season 2 dvd set (13 episodes)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than TV Re-runs November 20, 2002
I purchased the Sanford and Son DVD series a few months ago and I am pleased with my purchase. I already had about 120 episodes recorded on cheap video tapes and the quality on these does not come close to the DVD's. This set is better than the one's that...advertises under their "TV Greats" section because you get the entire first season, episodes 1-14 on 2 DVD's...The..."TV Greats" version gives you 4 episodes for the same...price and those 4 episodes could be from any one of the 5 seasons. This is a must for every Sanford and Son fan however if you are a fan of Esther, Rollo, Grady, Bubba, or any of the other more famous supporting characters then don't buy this DVD. I would try to rent it first because those supporting characters don't appear in Sanford and Son until season 2 and later. These DVD's are from the first season when Fred was Fred and Lamont was trying to find his niche....Have you seen what the going price is for one season of "Friends" or "The Sopranos?"...I cannot wait until the 2nd season is released. Does anyone know when that will be?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Father & Son Bond = Simply Funny. May 5, 2007
This is a sitcom about a father & son who are as different as could be, & yet care deeply for each other. The most basic format & probably the best one is the interaction of the characters. Today style & scenery can overshadow the scripts & actors. Not so here, the raw angst & bond between father & son has often been overlooked in this underappreciated show. Junkyard owner the devious, lazy Fred Sanford{Redd Foxx}, & his overworked, verbally haranged{you big dummy}, son Lamont{Demond Wilson], had little peace or prosperity.

Both are tragic figures running in place trying to scrape out a living in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Three episodes stand out in my memory. "Here Comes The Bride, There Goes The bride," Lamont's fiancee leaves him at the alter & her family wants to take back their gifts. Fred & Lamont eventually leave on the honeymoon vacation together. In "A Pad For Lamont," Fred constantly interrupts Lamont's dates, he moves out to pursue the single life in privacy only to find out that the grass is no greener away from his father. The viewer feels Lamonts frustration leaping off the screen. In "The Barracuda," fred's proposal of marriage to the widow Donna harris prompts a ton of loud objections from bewildered Lamont. In the ensuing machinations hilarity rules, as Lamont got his way by ruining the upcoming nuptuals. After the season of fred's torments the viewer will surely be rooting for Lamont. This was not their funniest season, but a fine start nonetheless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gift for my pops he loved it.
Published 8 days ago by charles brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Some bad language but some good family building information too
No one ever gets tired of these shows. Some bad language but some good family
building information too.
Published 15 days ago by AMILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 22 days ago by Whd
5.0 out of 5 stars Still funny exactly what we need today.
My husband loves this old show and humor.
Published 2 months ago by vitally68
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanford and Son The First Season
I got this for my husband his trucks looks like Sanford and Son so I got him this season he likes the show.
Published 4 months ago by red
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
Published 7 months ago by LaVerne M Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good laughs!!!
Prepare for lots of laughs, truly enjoyed it, would recommend this show! Fun to watch. Keeps you laughing all day.
Published 10 months ago by charlene dale
5.0 out of 5 stars funny funny funny.
I just got into Sanford and son. it is really funny and it never gets old. I plan on buying the whole is that good.
Published 11 months ago by Jordan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and laughs tonight
thank you redd fox for your funny performance. i always enjoyed what comments he said to everyone on the show.
Published 11 months ago by gary grunwald
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