The BEST Episodes of Sanford and Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 21, 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 8.85
27 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
Here Today, Gone Today

#2 - 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 8.83
12 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Warren S. Murray
Rated X

#3 - 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 8.68
34 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
A Little Extra Security

#4 - 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 8.64
22 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
The Director

#5 - The Director

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 27, 1976

Fred becomes the director of a community theater production starring boxer George Foreman.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Fred's Treasure Garden

#6 - 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 8.50
26 votes
Directors: Herbert Kenwith
Writers: Ilunga Adell
Donna Pops the Question

#7 - Donna Pops the Question

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1975

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

star 8.41
22 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection

#8 - 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 8.36
36 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Phil Mishkin
Golden Boy

#9 - Golden Boy

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 7, 1975

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

star 8.31
16 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Bob Garland, George Yanok
The Stand-Ins

#10 - 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 8.27
15 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
My Brother-in-Law's Keeper

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

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 14, 1975

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

star 8.25
16 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Ted Bergman
Fred Sanford Has a Baby

#12 - Fred Sanford Has a Baby

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 23, 1976

When Lamont goes out of town, Fred rents his room to a pregnant woman who goes into labor.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Jay Burton
Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle

#13 - 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 8.17
41 votes
Directors: Bob Lahendro
Writers: Gene Farmer
Have Gun, Will Sell

#14 - 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 8.17
48 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Adell Stevenson
Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma

#15 - 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 8.16
19 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bill Manhoff
The Light Housekeeper

#16 - The Light Housekeeper

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 22, 1972

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

star 8.16
32 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Aaron Ruben, Lee Kalcheim
I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz

#17 - 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 8.15
20 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady

#18 - 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 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Gene Farmer
The Stakeout

#19 - 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 8.13
15 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Earl Barret
Matchmaker, Matchmaker

#20 - 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 8.12
25 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Jerry Ross
My Fair Esther

#21 - 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
27 votes
Directors: James Sheldon
Writers: Jerry Ross
Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?

#22 - 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 8.10
20 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Aaron Ruben
Presenting the Three Degrees

#23 - 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 8.08
40 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ilunga Adell
Fred Meets Redd

#24 - Fred Meets Redd

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 14, 1977

Fred enters a Redd Foxx look-alike contest.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: Bill Foster
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Carol

#25 - Carol

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 1976

A strange man visits and claims that he and Fred robbed a bank years ago.

star 8.05
19 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Earl Barret