The BEST Episodes of Sanford and Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 1, 2020

Network: NBC

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 - 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 8.90
30 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Rated X

#2 - 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 8.75
36 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
Here Today, Gone Today

#3 - 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 8.62
13 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Warren S. Murray
Fred's Treasure Garden

#4 - 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 8.56
27 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Ilunga Adell
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 8.52
23 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

#6 - 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 8.45
38 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Phil Mishkin
Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma

#7 - 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 8.32
22 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bill Manhoff
The Stakeout

#8 - The Stakeout

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1976

The new tenant at the Sanford Arms is a wanted fence disguised in drag.

star 8.25
16 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Earl Barret
Have Gun, Will Sell

#9 - 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 8.24
50 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Adell Stevenson
Fred's Cheating Heart

#10 - 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 8.22
23 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Ilunga Adell
The Light Housekeeper

#11 - The Light Housekeeper

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 22, 1972

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

star 8.21
34 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben, Lee Kalcheim
Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

#12 - 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 8.20
25 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Golden Boy

#13 - Golden Boy

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 7, 1975

Fred takes on the mismanagement of a dim-witted prizefighter.

star 8.18
17 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Bob Garland, George Yanok
Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

#14 - 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 8.16
43 votes
Directors: Bob Lahendro
Writers: Gene Farmer
Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

#15 - 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 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Aaron Ruben
Donna Pops the Question

#16 - Donna Pops the Question

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1975

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

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
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 8.11
27 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Jerry Ross
My Fair Esther

#18 - My Fair Esther

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 14, 1975

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

star 8.11
28 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Jerry Ross
Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

#19 - 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 8.06
52 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Gene Farmer
The Return of the Barracuda

#20 - 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 8.06
54 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben
I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz

#21 - I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1976

Fred tries to set the world record for continuous hours without sleep.

star 8.05
21 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
A Matter of Life and Breath

#22 - 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 8.04
95 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Aaron Ruben
The Surprise Party

#23 - The Surprise Party

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1974

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

star 8.03
34 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Wine, Women and Aunt Esther

#24 - 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 8.02
40 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
The Stand-Ins

#25 - The Stand-Ins

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 17, 1975

When Fred's friend Bowlegs finds himself a man short for a nightclub engagement, Fred and Lamont must take the stage to help him out.

star 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub