History Series / SanfordAndSon

12th Feb '18 3:43:04 PM cartoonfan945
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* BatmanGambit: Until he mellowed out and became friendly with Donna in later seasons, Lamont constantly attempted to derail Fred's relationship with Donna; usually by instigating Fred's prideful attitude and/or arranging for other characters to interfere with Fred and Donna's dates (and in one case, their actual would-had-been marriage). While he wasn't successful in the long-term, he usually did enough to set up brief roadblocks in their relationship, with Fred usually none the wiser half of the time.



* BatmanGambit: Until he mellowed out and became friendly with Donna in later seasons, Lamont constantly attempted to derail Fred's relationship with Donna; usually by instigating Fred's prideful attitude and/or arranging for other characters to interfere with Fred and Donna's dates (and in one case, their actual would-had-been marriage). While he wasn't successful in the long-term, he usually did enough to set up brief roadblocks in their relationship, with Fred usually none the wiser half of the time.

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* BatmanGambit: Until he mellowed out and became friendly with Donna in later seasons, BirthdayEpisode: The episode "Happy Birthday, Pop" has Fred celebrating his birthday. His son Lamont constantly attempted wants to derail Fred's relationship with Donna; usually give him the best one by instigating Fred's prideful attitude and/or arranging taking him out to a fancy bar, watching Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof and taking for other characters to interfere with Chinese, but Fred and Donna's dates (and in one case, their actual would-had-been marriage). While didn't like it. The only he wasn't successful in the long-term, he usually did enough to set up brief roadblocks in their relationship, with Fred usually none the wiser half of the time.like is his new hat.
8th Feb '18 7:00:54 PM snichols1973
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* IntoxicationEnsues: Played with in "Fred's Treasure Garden", where Rollo sees a plant growing in the garden that looks like marijuana [[spoiler: only for Aunt Esther to recognize the plant as wild parsley by its taste]], with hilarious results when Rollo and Lamont try to "dispose" of the evidence:
-->'''Lamont''': We gotta think of some way to get rid of that stuff.\\
'''Rollo''': Hey, don't worry, baby! I'll do it.\\
'''Lamont''': Wait a minute! I know - I'll burn it!\\
'''Rollo''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar That's exactly what I had in mind!]]
** Later on, when Grady is trying to dispose of the evidence:
-->'''Lamont''': Now just about everybody knows that one of the main side effects of using marijuana is the hungries or the munchies.\\
'''Grady''': [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Weren't they in "The Wizard of Oz"?]]\\
'''Lamont''': That was the ''Munchkins!''\\
'''Grady''': Oooh, yeah. Didn't you just love that picture?\\
'''Lamont''': Grady, would you knock it off? This is no time for that.\\
'''Grady''': There was Dorothy and Toto and the Wicked Witch of the Watts.\\
'''Lamont''': Of the ''West'', Grady!
** When the police are eating the salad:
-->'''Hoppy''': That is delicious! Oughta be a crime for a salad to be this good.\\
'''Rollo''': In most states it is.



* ScrewPolitenessImASenior

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* ScrewPolitenessImASeniorScrewPolitenessImASenior: In "Fred the Activist", when an appliance dealer refuses to offer Fred a chance to buy a stereo on an installment plan due to his age, Fred leads a group of seniors known as the "Gray Panthers" to picket the store in order to convince the store management to change their policy.



* SpinOff: ''Grady'', ''The Sanford Arms''

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* SpinOff: ''Grady'', ''The Sanford Arms''Arms'', and ''Series/{{Sanford}}'', with the last one featuring older characters Aunt Esther, Rollo, Hoppy & Smitty, and Grady making frequent appearances alongside some of the newer cast members.
1st Feb '18 8:04:22 PM snichols1973
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Redd Foxx's friend, Creator/RichardPryor, co-wrote a couple of Season 2 episodes.



* CatchPhrase: "You big dummy!" "Watch it, sucker!" "...on account of my arthur-its."

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* CatchPhrase: Fred's "You big dummy!" "Watch it, sucker!" (to Lamont), "...on account of my arthur-its."", and "S-A-N-F-O-R-D, period."
** Aunt Esther's "Watch it, sucker!"



* ChurchOfSaintGenericus: In "The Reverend Sanford", Fred buys a mail-order minister's license to avoid paying taxes, only to have the church's head man declare that the Sanford place is now the church's property, so Fred turns his property into the "Chapel on the Junk Pile of Seventh-Day Junkists" and holds an unusual service to convince the church's head man to give Fred back the deed to his property, when he runs away, calling the attendants crazy.



** Fred often displays bigotry towards other ethnicities: he opposes Julio moving in next door because he hates Puerto Ricans, he opposes Lamont being friends with Ah Chew because he hates Japanese, and he opposes his little sister being married to a white man... you get the idea; but interestingly, {{inverted}} when Fred invokes reverse-prejudice when Lamont insists he sees a dentist for a toothache, but Fred's only condition is that he see a white dentist, because (he thinks) only white people would actually go to a highly recommended and established dental school and get diplomas, and therefore, would actually be certified for dentistry as opposed to any black dentist who probably went to a ghetto facility without proper and full education.

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** Fred often displays bigotry towards other ethnicities: he opposes Julio moving in next door because he hates Puerto Ricans, he opposes Lamont being friends with Ah Chew because he hates Japanese, Japanese (with the situation improving in "Sanford and Rising Son" when he opens a Japanese restaurant with Ah Chew, and he even hires a geisha at the end of the episode), and he opposes his little sister being married to a white man... you get the idea; but interestingly, {{inverted}} when Fred invokes reverse-prejudice when Lamont insists he sees a dentist for a toothache, but Fred's only condition is that he see a white dentist, because (he thinks) only white people would actually go to a highly recommended and established dental school and get diplomas, and therefore, would actually be certified for dentistry as opposed to any black dentist who probably went to a ghetto facility without proper and full education.



** In real life, his character's namesakes, his father and brother, whose respective names were Fred G. Sanford and Fred G. Sanford, Jr., with the "G" in both of these cases standing for Glenn.



** In "The Oddfather," Donna pays Fred a visit one night to discover he's been rushed to the hospital after getting involved with a crime involving an innocent bystander being killed by a notorious local mobster; the rest of the episode deals with Fred's night in the hospital being monitored and protected by the LAPD, and also receiving visits from Donna and Esther, and later the media for him to identify the mobster to have him convicted of his crime.

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** In "The Oddfather," Donna pays Fred a visit one night to discover he's been rushed to the hospital after getting involved with a crime involving an innocent bystander being killed by a notorious local mobster; the rest of the episode deals with Fred's night in the hospital being monitored and protected by the LAPD, and also receiving visits from Donna and Esther, and later the media for him to identify the mobster to have him convicted of his crime. Unfortunately, when it comes time for him to identify the man, he chickens out and Esther steps up and identifies him, and as a result, Esther gets the reward money while Fred gets charged for his hospital stay since he spent all that time in the hospital, only to miss out on the opportunity when receiving a threatening message from the mob.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Whenever Fred spells his last name "Sanford: S-A-N-F-O-R-D, Period."



** A subtle example, but Fred was named after Redd Foxx's father, John Elroy Sanford.

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** A subtle example, but Fred was named after Redd Foxx's father, Foxx's[[note]]His birth name was John Elroy Sanford.Sanford[[/note]] father, Fred G. Sanford, and his real-life brother, Fred G. Sanford, Jr.
1st Feb '18 6:56:08 PM snichols1973
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** In the early episodes Lamont is shown to be almost as greedy as Fred (sometimes more so) and having a great disdain for Fred's girlfriend Donna whom he calls "The Barracuda". Not much later Lamont becomes the more sensitive of the two and often acts as somebody trying to broaden his father's horizons and even becomes quite friendly with Donna.

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** In the early episodes (Season 1 and 2), Lamont is shown to be almost as greedy as Fred (sometimes more so) and having a great disdain for Fred's girlfriend Donna whom he calls "The Barracuda". Not much later Lamont becomes the more sensitive of the two and often acts as somebody trying to broaden his father's horizons and even becomes quite friendly with Donna.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: ''Esther'', of all characters, is implied to have this! In one episode, a friend of the Sanford family pays Fred and Lamont a visit, claiming that he is actually Lamont's father, because at a younger age, he snuck into the Winfield household, and into Elizabeth's room for a sexual encounter, only for it to be revealed towards the end that it was actually ''Esther'' 's room he snuck into. Esther is visibly ashamed of her past deed, but is quick to point out that she has repented of her sinful ways. On another interesting note, apparently in-universe, she and ''BBKing'' were an item, he even writes about her (only by initials: E.W.) in his memoirs, and claims that losing her is what made him turn to singing the blues.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: ''Esther'', of all characters, is implied to have this! In one episode, a friend of the Sanford family pays Fred and Lamont a visit, claiming that he is actually Lamont's father, because at a younger age, he snuck into the Winfield household, and into Elizabeth's room for a sexual encounter, only for it to be revealed towards the end that it was actually ''Esther'' 's room he snuck into. Esther is visibly ashamed of her past deed, but she is quick to point out that she has repented of her sinful ways. On another interesting note, apparently in-universe, she and ''BBKing'' were an item, he even writes about her (only by initials: E.W.) in his memoirs, and claims that losing her is what made him turn to singing the blues.



* EverythingIsRacist: While this show often invoked this, especially given the time period, there are a few specific examples where this trope is utilized for a laugh, such as Fred, Lamont, and Rollo finding a gun left behind by a burglar; Fred suggests taking the gun to the police, since that's what people do, but Rollo argues that's what ''white'' people do, if any of them brought the gun to the police, they'd be thrown into jail.
** In "Fred Sanford the Legal Eagle", Lamont gets traffic ticket for failure to yield the right-of-way, even though the other motorist ran the red light; Lamont believes he was given the ticket for being black (as the office issuing the ticket was white, as was the man who ran the red light).
** Fred often displays bigotry towards other ethnicities: he opposes Julio moving in next door because he hates Puerto Ricans, he opposes Lamont being friends with Ah Chew because he hates Japanese, and he opposes his little sister being married to a white man... you get the idea. But interestingly, Fred invokes reverse-prejudice when Lamont insists he sees a dentist for a toothache, but Fred's only condition is that he see a white dentist, because (he thinks) only white people would actually go to a highly recommended and establish dental school, and get diplomas, and therefore, would actually certified for dentistry as opposed any black dentist who probably went to a ghetto facility without proper and full education.

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* EverythingIsRacist: While this show often invoked this, especially given the time period, there are a few specific examples where this trope is utilized for a laugh, such as Fred, Lamont, and Rollo finding a gun left behind by a burglar; Fred suggests taking the gun to the police, since that's what people do, but Rollo argues that's what ''white'' people do, do; if any of them brought the gun to the police, they'd be thrown into jail.
** In "Fred Sanford the Legal Eagle", Lamont gets a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right-of-way, even though the other motorist ran the red light; Lamont believes he was given the ticket for being black (as the office officer issuing the ticket was white, as was the man who ran the red light).
** Fred often displays bigotry towards other ethnicities: he opposes Julio moving in next door because he hates Puerto Ricans, he opposes Lamont being friends with Ah Chew because he hates Japanese, and he opposes his little sister being married to a white man... you get the idea. But idea; but interestingly, {{inverted}} when Fred invokes reverse-prejudice when Lamont insists he sees a dentist for a toothache, but Fred's only condition is that he see a white dentist, because (he thinks) only white people would actually go to a highly recommended and establish established dental school, school and get diplomas, and therefore, would actually be certified for dentistry as opposed to any black dentist who probably went to a ghetto facility without proper and full education.



* YetAnotherChristmasCarol

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* YetAnotherChristmasCarolYetAnotherChristmasCarol: The "Ebenezer Sanford" ChristmasEpisode.
1st Feb '18 6:39:40 PM snichols1973
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* FatAndSkinny: Bubba Bexley (the fat one) to Fred and/or Grady.


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** Aunt Ethel, by Aunt Esther, who was much fiercer than Ethel by a longshot.
** Officer "Swannny" Swanhauser, "Smitty" Smith's StraightMan partner, by "Hoppy" Hopkins, with hilarious results when Smitty frequently corrected Hoppy's malapropisms.
3rd Jul '17 11:31:04 AM Mdumas43073
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An [[TransatlanticEquivalent Americanization]] of the British sitcom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', this series from Creator/NormanLear is a DomCom (of sorts) about a {{Grumpy Old Man}} and his [[OnlySaneMan long-suffering son]] who live in a [[PerpetualPoverty rundown house situated in the middle of a Watts junkyard]]. {{Hilarity ensues}}.

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An [[TransatlanticEquivalent Americanization]] of the British sitcom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', this series from Creator/NormanLear is a DomCom (of sorts) about a {{Grumpy Old Man}} and his [[OnlySaneMan long-suffering son]] who live in a [[PerpetualPoverty rundown house situated in the middle of a the Watts junkyard]].junkyard they operate]]. {{Hilarity ensues}}.
3rd Jul '17 11:30:20 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny, Smitty's partner in Season 1.

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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny, Swanhouser, Smitty's [[ByTheBookCop by-the-book]] partner in Season 1.1. His replacement, Officer Hopkins, was considerably more gregarious.
3rd Jul '17 11:28:14 AM Mdumas43073
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* ThoseTwoGuys: Officers Smitty and Swanny (Season 1); Smitty and Hoppy (Season 2 onward).
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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny' Smitty's partner in Season 1.

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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny' Swanny, Smitty's partner in Season 1.
3rd Jul '17 11:25:46 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny, and (to a lesser degree) his replacement Officer Hoppy.

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* TheComicallySerious: Officer Swanny, and (to a lesser degree) his replacement Officer Hoppy.Swanny' Smitty's partner in Season 1.
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