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Sanford and Son (Season 5) DVD Review


Nominated for six Golden Globes and seven Emmys, including Outstanding Series - Comedy, Sanford & Son became one of the first shows in television history to be almost entirely centered around African-American characters. Modeled after the British TV show Steptoe & Son, the series showcased the underappreciated talents of comic genius Redd Foxx (whose skin color and bad language prevented him from becoming a superstar decades earlier). The brainchild of All In The Family creator Norman Lear, Sanford & Son signaled the beginning of a decade of sitcom classics for the prolific 1970's TV writer - Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), and The Jeffersons (1975) being the others. Wrought with memorable one-liners and well-timed humor, Sanford & Son was a Top 10 Nielsen rated show every year in which it aired except for its final season (ranking a respectable #27)…

Sanford & Son, set in the Watts district of Los Angeles, follows the life of Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx), a 65-year-old African-American junk dealer who shares his business with his 34-year-old son Lamont (Demond Wilson). With Fred's wife Elizabeth having passed away twenty years earlier, he often evokes Lamont's sympathy by clutching his heart and proclaiming, "Oh, I'm coming to join you Elizabeth!" But Fred always survives those near fatal heart attacks, continuing to disperse sarcastic putdowns (often directed at his sister-in-law Esther) and racist stereotypical remarks aimed against whites and Hispanics (especially Lamont's friend Julio). Using guilt to manipulate his ambitious son into staying and helping run the salvage shop instead of pursuing other endeavors, Fred Sanford spends most of his days lounging around the house (his junk store and home are one and the same) and hanging out with his friends - Grady, Melvin, and Bubba… Well-written and hilarious, Sanford & Son is comedian Redd Foxx at his absolute best…

The Sanford & Son (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Earthquake II" in which Fred wakes up believing the house was robbed only to find out that a small earthquake hit in the middle of the night. When Grady tells him that a "big one" is coming soon, Fred gets fed up and vows to sell the house. He travels to Las Vegas to avoid the earthquake, where he runs into Merv Griffin… Other notable episodes from Season 5 include "Donna Pops the Question" in which Donna receives a marriage proposal from another man, but wants to know first if Fred will marry her, and "Can You Chop This?" in which Fred invests all of his and Lamont's money in a get rich quick scheme involving the sale of choppers…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Sanford & Son (Season 5) DVD:

Episode 88 (Earthquake II) Air Date: 09-12-1975
Episode 89 (Divorce, Sanford Style) Air Date: 09-19-1975
Episode 90 (Bank on This) Air Date: 09-26-1975
Episode 91 (The Sanford Arms) Air Date: 10-03-1975
Episode 92 (Steinberg and Son) Air Date: 10-10-1975
Episode 93 (Brother, Can You Spare an Act?) Air Date: 10-17-1975
Episode 94 (Della, Della, Della) Air Date: 10-31-1975
Episode 95 (Donna Pops the Question) Air Date: 11-07-1975
Episode 96 (My Fair Esther) Air Date: 11-14-1975
Episode 97 (Sanford and Rising Son) Air Date: 11-21-1975
Episode 98 (The Olympics) Air Date: 12-05-1975
Episode 99 (Ebenezer Sanford) Air Date: 12-12-1975
Episode 100 (The Oddfather) Air Date: 01-02-1976
Episode 101 (Can You Chop This?) Air Date: 01-09-1976
Episode 102 (Greatest Show in Watts) Air Date: 01-16-1976
Episode 103 (Fred Sanford Has a Baby) Air Date: 01-23-1976
Episode 104 (The TV Addict) Air Date: 01-30-1976
Episode 105 (Lamont in Love) Air Date: 02-06-1976
Episode 106 (The Escorts) Air Date: 02-13-1976
Episode 107 (The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice) Air Date: 02-20-1976
Episode 108 (The Director) Air Date: 02-27-1976
Episode 109 (A Pain in the Neck) Air Date: 03-05-1976
Episode 100 (Sergeant Gork) Air Date: 03-12-1976
Episode 111 (Camping Trip) Air Date: 03-19-1976

Submitted by:

Britt Gillette

Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find where you can find more reviews of movies and TV series. Source: http://thedvdreport.blogspot.com/2006/02/sanford-and-son-season-5-dvd.html.





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