* EarWorm: The theme song.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Grady Wilson began as a guest character --played by a different actor-- and was then reimagined and eventually took over the show for a time when Redd Foxx walked. Aunt Esther (Fred's late wife's sister) first appeared in a second-season episode and essentially became a regular from that point forward.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Redd Foxx's death from a real heart attack make Fred's [[HollywoodHeartAttack fake ones]] hard to watch, let alone laugh at.
** This may also qualify as HarsherInHindsight. For all of the jokes, it was firmly established on the show that Fred Sanford did indeed have a real heart problem. Then, on a VerySpecialEpisode of ''[[FromTheAshes Sanford]]'', he suffered a very real heart attack and nearly died in part because [[CryingWolf no one believed it was legitimate]] initially. And sadly, that's almost exactly what happened to Redd Foxx some years later.
* SeasonalRot: The final season has its share of problems including a VacationEpisode in Hawaii that features Fred and Lamont running for their life from jewel thieves, a multitude of guest stars and an especially bizarre episode centered around Fred (played by Redd Foxx) entering a contest to meet his idol... Redd Foxx.
** Arguably, the marker for the rot is the end of the third season, when Grady took over for Fred due to Red Foxx's contract negotiation problems. After that, the plots began to get more divorced from reality, the celebrity cameos became more common and the dreaded [[VerySpecialEpisode episodes with a message]] started getting made.
** Some fans will argue that part of the problem stemmed from the overhaul in the production staff, replacing the original black writers and producers with Jewish writers and producers, causing the series to lose it's original authentic urban vibe, and turn into just another standard sitcom.
* SoBadItsGood: As ''{{Sanford and Son}}'' progressed and rose higher in the ratings, Foxx used his newfound clout to force the producers into hiring his old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitlin%27_circuit "chitlin' circuit"]] colleagues (most of whom were NOT trained actors, and it showed) for roles on the series leading to {{Brother Chuck}} moments in the second season when sensible Aunt Ethel (another of Elizabeth's sisters played by Beah Richards), Slappy (Fred's original foil) and Officer Swanhauser (Smitty's original partner played by prolific sitcom director Noam Pitlik) were written out and replaced with over-the-top counterparts. However, the broad antics and occasional wooden line-readings are [[NarmCharm part of the charm]] of the series, and Redd Foxx picked up the slack admirably when needed.