The Best Episodes of Sanford and Son

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2018

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

The Party Crasher

#1 - The Party Crasher

Season 3 - Episode 18

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 8.86
21 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Here Today, Gone Today

#2 - Here Today, Gone Today

Season 6 - Episode 14

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 8.75
8 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Warren S. Murray
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Fred's Treasure Garden

#3 - Fred's Treasure Garden

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

star 8.47
17 votes
Writers: Ilunga Adell
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Rated X

#4 - Rated X

Season 2 - Episode 24

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

star 8.44
27 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
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A Little Extra Security

#5 - A Little Extra Security

Season 4 - Episode 13

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

star 8.41
17 votes
Writers: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein
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Sergeant Gork

#6 - Sergeant Gork

Season 5 - Episode 23

Fred's tall tales about World War II give way to fantasy sequences starring the entire cast.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Bill Wyse
Writers: Ted Bergman
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The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

#7 - The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 8.18
28 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Phil Mishkin
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There'll Be Some Changes Made

#8 - There'll Be Some Changes Made

Season 4 - Episode 5

After a fed-up Lamont moves out, Fred lets his son hold a strange gathering at the house in the hopes of getting him back.

star 8.15
26 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Jerry Ross, Earl Pomerantz
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Have Gun, Will Sell

#9 - Have Gun, Will Sell

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.15
41 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Adell Stevenson
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My Fair Esther

#10 - My Fair Esther

Season 5 - Episode 9

With a $1,000 prize on the line, Fred tries to groom Esther to win a beauty contest.

star 8.10
20 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Jerry Ross
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Tower Power

#11 - Tower Power

Season 4 - Episode 12

Fred becomes inspired to create a work of art out of junk as his legacy for eternity.

star 8.08
12 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Calvin Kelly
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A Matter of Life and Breath

#12 - A Matter of Life and Breath

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.07
76 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Aaron Ruben
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Donna Pops the Question

#13 - Donna Pops the Question

Season 5 - Episode 8

With another marriage proposal in hand, Donna gives Fred an ultimatum.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein
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The Surprise Party

#14 - The Surprise Party

Season 4 - Episode 1

Fred returns from his extended trip to St. Louis but feels unwanted because Grady took better care of the house and Lamont.

star 8.04
25 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein
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A House Is Not a Poolroom

#15 - A House Is Not a Poolroom

Season 3 - Episode 11

Lamont regrets his birthday gift to Fred of a pool table, which has turned the house into a billiards room for Fred and his shiftless friends.

star 8.03
29 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Winston Moss
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My Brother-in-Law's Keeper

#16 - My Brother-in-Law's Keeper

Season 4 - Episode 20

Fred is mortified to meet his new brother-in-law Rodney, a white impresario with an overabundance of affection.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Ted Bergman
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Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

#17 - Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

Season 3 - Episode 21

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

star 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
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The Winning Ticket

#18 - The Winning Ticket

Season 6 - Episode 7

After Fred falls victim to a sweepstakes scam, he devises a plan to con the con men.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Bob DeVinney
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The Barracuda

#19 - The Barracuda

Season 1 - Episode 10

Lamont is determined to break up Fred's plans to marry Donna.

star 7.96
56 votes
Writers: Aaron Ruben
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The Light Housekeeper

#20 - The Light Housekeeper

Season 2 - Episode 14

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

star 7.96
27 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Lee Kalcheim, Aaron Ruben
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The Return of the Barracuda

#21 - The Return of the Barracuda

Season 1 - Episode 13

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

star 7.95
44 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben
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Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma

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

Season 3 - Episode 24

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

star 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bill Manhoff
Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

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

Season 3 - Episode 20

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

star 7.94
16 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Aaron Ruben
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Whiplash

#24 - Whiplash

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 7.94
62 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Allan Katz, Don Reo
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Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

#25 - Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

Season 3 - Episode 15

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

star 7.91
32 votes
Directors: Bob Lahendro
Writers: Gene Farmer
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