Sanford sans Son
of Sanford and Son
starring Redd Foxx as junk dealer Fred G. Sanford
. The series attempted to recapture the magic (and the ratings
) from his previous hit. However, Demond Wilson (Lamont) didn't return, so the producers dispatched his character to the Alaskan pipeline
and cast perennial character actor Dennis Burkley as Fred's new partner
, hefty Southerner
Cal Pettie. In addition, Fred found love with a new girlfriend: wealthy socialite Evelyn Lewis (played by Marguerite Ray).
Over time, familiar faces from the original series popped in to visit; some, such as LaWanda Page's Aunt Esther
and Nathaniel Taylor's Rollo Lawson
, stayed for a while. In addition, some loose plot threads from the previous show were finally tied up (including the issue of Fred's frequent "heart attacks"
, albeit in a somewhat dramatic manner).
But the show's new approach
to the Fred Sanford character proved unwise. Not only was Fred no longer the lovable curmudgeon the audience had come to know and love
, but he also underwent a significant transformation
regarding his previous bigoted views (presumably due to his friendship with Cal
, but it's implied that the change took place before the start of the new series). He even gives a somewhat Anvilicious
lecture to Cal's mother when she objects to her son's friendship with a black man in one of the later episodes! Perhaps this was necessary Character Development
to get past the changing times and the network censors, but low ratings proved that sometimes change isn't a good thing
The series ran on NBC
for two brief seasons (26 episodes total) from March 15, 1980 to July 10, 1981.
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