Sanford and Son

The WORST episodes of Sanford and Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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

Last Updated: 5/3/2022Network: NBC
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School Daze
star
6.13
8 votes

#1 - School Daze

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/25/1977

Fred and Bubba take evening classes to earn their high-school equivalency diploma.

Directors: Carl McCarthy
The Family Man
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6.40
15 votes

#2 - The Family Man

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/25/1975

In this backdoor pilot for the '"Grady" spinoff series, Grady gives his daughter a tasteless painting to hang over the fireplace just in time for a high-class party.

Directors: Bud Yorkin
The Will
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6.75
16 votes

#3 - The Will

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/18/1977

Fred draws up his will and holds a reading of it in the living room.

Directors: Russ Petranto
The Escorts
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6.85
20 votes

#4 - The Escorts

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/13/1976

Fred starts an escort service but must entertain three ladies at the same time.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
The Older Woman
star
6.86
21 votes

#5 - The Older Woman

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/7/1975

Fred tries to convince Lamont to end his romance with an older woman.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
A Matter of Silence
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6.90
20 votes

#6 - A Matter of Silence

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/28/1977

Fred uses his temporary hearing troubles to attract Donna's attention.

Directors: Russ Petranto
Della, Della, Della
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6.92
24 votes

#7 - Della, Della, Della

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/31/1975

An encounter with Della Reese causes Fred to support a political candidate whose opponent is backed by Lamont.

Directors: Mark Warren
Julio and Sister and Nephew
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7.00
28 votes

#8 - Julio and Sister and Nephew

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/15/1974

When Julio's sister and nephew visit and must stay with the Sanfords, Fred becomes involved with the nephew's problems at school.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
Sanford and Gong
star
7.00
17 votes

#9 - Sanford and Gong

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/17/1976

Lamont, Fred and Bubba face the music as contestants on The Gong Show.

Directors: Bill Foster
Sergeant Gork
star
7.00
22 votes

#10 - Sergeant Gork

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/12/1976

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

Directors: Bill Wyse
When John Comes Marching Home
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7.06
18 votes

#11 - When John Comes Marching Home

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/4/1977

The surprise appearance of Janet's ex-husband threatens to spoil Lamont's plans to marry her.

Directors: Russ Petranto
Committee Man
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7.09
23 votes

#12 - Committee Man

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/12/1976

Fred's position as a community councilman draws the attention of a crooked slumlord looking to pass a bribe.

Directors: Chuck Liotta
The Hawaiian Connection (Part 3)
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7.10
21 votes

#13 - The Hawaiian Connection (Part 3)

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/1976

When Fred and Lamont discover stolen diamonds intended to be smuggled to the mainland, the thieves chase them all over Hawaii.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
Fred Sings the Blues
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7.14
28 votes

#14 - Fred Sings the Blues

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/18/1977

The Sanfords meet blues legend B.B. King, who has something significant in common with Fred.

Directors: Russ Petranto
The Over-the-Hill Gag
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7.15
26 votes

#15 - The Over-the-Hill Gag

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/14/1975

Mistakenly believing that Fred is dying, Lamont prepares a party and tries to get Lena Horne to visit.

Directors: Stan Lathan
The Hawaiian Connection (Part 2)
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7.17
23 votes

#16 - The Hawaiian Connection (Part 2)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/24/1976

A band of jewel thieves lures Fred and Lamont to Hawaii to unwittingly smuggle diamonds off the island.

Brother, Can You Spare an Act?
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7.21
28 votes

#17 - Brother, Can You Spare an Act?

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/17/1975

To help new brother-in-law Rodney, Fred teams up with an old friend to make Rodney's gig as nightclub impresario a success.

Directors: Bill Foster
California Crude
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7.24
25 votes

#18 - California Crude

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/8/1976

Fred's outdoor garden may actually be the site of a lucrative crude oil strike.

Directors: Norman Abbott
A Pain in the Neck
star
7.25
20 votes

#19 - A Pain in the Neck

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/5/1976

Fred resorts to desperate measures to overcome his sudden back pain in time for an awards banquet in his honor.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
The Hawaiian Connection (Part 1)
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7.26
38 votes

#20 - The Hawaiian Connection (Part 1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/24/1976

A band of jewel thieves lures Fred and Lamont to Hawaii to unwittingly smuggle diamonds off the island.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice
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7.28
18 votes

#21 - The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/20/1976

After Lamont pops the question to Janet, Fred worries that the marriage will cause him to be alone.

Directors: Lewis Gomavitz
The Reverend Sanford
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7.29
17 votes

#22 - The Reverend Sanford

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/11/1977

To avoid paying taxes, Fred becomes a clergyman in a disreputable church that could cost him dearly.

Directors: Russ Petranto
The Headache
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7.34
29 votes

#23 - The Headache

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/21/1975

A psychiatrist tells Lamont that his headaches are caused by a hatred for his father.

Directors: Bill Foster
Greatest Show in Watts
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7.35
23 votes

#24 - Greatest Show in Watts

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/16/1976

To legally keep the elephant left with him by a tenant, Fred must stage a circus in the junkyard.

Directors: Sid McCoy
The Sanford Arms
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7.39
31 votes

#25 - The Sanford Arms

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/3/1975

Fred and Lamont open a boarding house and fill the rooms with a variety of strange characters.

Directors: Mark Warren