The BEST Episodes of Sanford and Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Network: NBC

The misadventures of a cantankerous old man and his son, partners in the family junk business in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood.

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Rated X

#1 - Rated X

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 16, 1973

After Lamont, Rollo and Fred unwittingly show up at an adult movie shoot, a police raid lands them all in jail.

star 8.83
47 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
The Party Crasher

#2 - The Party Crasher

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 8, 1974

Lamont and Rollo set up a rendezvous at Rollo's place with two girls that doesn't go as planned, but Fred stops by and saves the day.

star 8.73
40 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Fred's Treasure Garden

#3 - Fred's Treasure Garden

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1974

With Fred in St. Louis, Grady unwittingly serves a salad to Smitty and Hoppy that may contain marijuana leaves.

star 8.42
36 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Ilunga Adell
The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

#4 - The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1973

Fred donates a collection of Blind Mellow Jelly records to a library for a tax deduction, but after learning of the records' monetary value, he cooks up a scheme to get them back.

star 8.40
48 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Phil Mishkin
A Little Extra Security

#5 - A Little Extra Security

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 13, 1974

After Grady receives an extra Social Security check, he gambles the money away in Las Vegas.

star 8.39
33 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

#6 - Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 11, 1974

When Lamont tries to contest a traffic ticket, Fred creates disorder in the court.

star 8.28
54 votes
Directors: Bob Lahendro
Writers: Gene Farmer
Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

#7 - Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 1, 1974

With Fred away in St. Louis, Grady rules the house with an iron fist.

star 8.24
33 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

#8 - Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1973

After Fred witnesses a burglary at Julio's place but refuses to identify the culprits, Lamont and Julio turn the tables to show Fred the value of being a good neighbor.

star 8.23
62 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Gene Farmer
Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma

#9 - Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 29, 1974

Grady's cousin Emma comes to visit and tries to take advantage of his hospitality.

star 8.20
30 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bill Manhoff
A Matter of Life and Breath

#10 - A Matter of Life and Breath

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 1972

Lamont forces Fred to quit smoking and visit the doctor, but Fred becomes convinced he has tuberculosis.

star 8.19
114 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Aaron Ruben
Fred's Cheating Heart

#11 - Fred's Cheating Heart

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 1, 1974

Fed up with all of Fred's fake heart attacks, Lamont forces his father to check into the hospital for tests.

star 8.16
31 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Ilunga Adell
Here Today, Gone Today

#12 - Here Today, Gone Today

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 7, 1977

To reupholster Fred's furniture as a gift, Lamont and Esther convince him the furniture was stolen, but Fred buys tacky new pieces with the insurance money.

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Warren S. Murray
Have Gun, Will Sell

#13 - Have Gun, Will Sell

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 1972

When Fred, Lamont and Rollo try to sell a gun at a pawn shop, they are mistaken for stickup bandits.

star 8.07
60 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Adell Stevenson
Wine, Women and Aunt Esther

#14 - Wine, Women and Aunt Esther

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 14, 1973

After the death of a friend, Fred and his buddies throw a party to feel young again but run out of gas long before they can make time with a group of younger women.

star 8.06
50 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
The Light Housekeeper

#15 - The Light Housekeeper

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 22, 1972

Lamont and Fred hire a maid who'd rather relax than work.

star 8.05
40 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben, Lee Kalcheim
The Return of the Barracuda

#16 - The Return of the Barracuda

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 7, 1972

With Fred and Donna once again planning marriage, Lamont cooks up a scheme to drive them apart.

star 8.02
63 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben
Matchmaker, Matchmaker

#17 - Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1974

After a relative leaves Lamont $7,000 if he weds and has a child, Fred visits a dating service to find Lamont a mate.

star 8.00
35 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Jerry Ross
Lamont, Is That You?

#18 - Lamont, Is That You?

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1973

After Bubba spots Lamont and Rollo mistakenly entering a gay bar, an incredulous Fred tries to find out if his son has become a homosexual.

star 8.00
57 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Bob Illes, James R. Stein
Pot Luck

#19 - Pot Luck

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 23, 1973

Lamont tries to turn a fast buck on a commode that he thinks is a valuable antique.

star 8.00
35 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben
Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico

#20 - Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 1973

Convinced that Lamont is abandoning the business, Fred takes a bed at a seedy flophouse.

star 7.98
54 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Gene Farmer
Presenting the Three Degrees

#21 - Presenting the Three Degrees

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1973

Rollo and Lamont convince Fred to let their three-girl singing act stay at the house, but Fred and his rowdy friends ruin the opening performance.

star 7.98
48 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
Whiplash

#22 - Whiplash

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1972

After getting in an accident with the truck, Fred feigns a whiplash injury to collect damages.

star 7.98
81 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Allan Katz, Don Reo
Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

#23 - Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 22, 1974

A confused woman visits the house, insisting that Grady is Fred, the man with whom she had spent a drunken evening.

star 7.96
28 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Aaron Ruben
The Suitcase Case

#24 - The Suitcase Case

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 31, 1972

Fred and Lamont find a large sum of money in an old suitcase but are soon visited by a gunman intent on taking the treasure.

star 7.96
78 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
The Masquerade Party

#25 - The Masquerade Party

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 31, 1975

Fred and his pals don ridiculous costumes to win a prize for Lamont on a TV game show.

star 7.96
23 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Ted Bergman
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