Sanford And Son: Season 3
Columbia TriStar (1973)
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IMDB   8.0
10 hr 8 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR
Redd Foxx Fred G. Sanford  
Lynn Hamilton
Whitman Mayo
LaWanda Page
Gregory Sierra
Nat Taylor
Hal Williams
Demond Wilson Lamont Sanford
Bob Hope Himself
Loni Anderson
Cathy Lee Crosby
Barbara Eden
Linda Evans
Bruce Jenner
Bud Yorkin
Bob LaHendro
Producer Bob Hope
Writer Fred S. Fox
Jeffrey Barron

Sanford and Son first aired in January of 1972 on NBC as a mid-season replacement. The series was the second series created by the All in the Family creator, Norman Lear and it was based on the British sitcom, Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was the first sitcom that Lear created that had a cast composed mostly of African Americans. Lear would follow it up in 1974 with Good Times and The Jeffersons in 1975. Sanford and Son was also the only Lear sitcom that didn't air on CBS. Sanford and Son starred stand-up comedian, Redd Foxx as 65-year old junk collector, Fred Sanford. Fred ran his junk collection business from his home located in Los Angeles. His home was run-down but it was comfortable enough for him and his son, Lamont, with whom he lived with and who was a partner in the business. Lamont was dissatisfied with the business and would threaten to leave but Fred would fake a heart attack and yell "I'm coming, Elizabeth." Elizabeth had been Fred's wife who had preceded
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    9/14/1973  1.  Lamont as Othello
Fred comes home to find Lamont and his drama teacher Marilyn acting out a choking scene from the play "Othello." Fred then jumps to the logical conclusion that Lamont is trying to kill a white woman. Later, Fred becomes the victim of assumption when Marilyn invites Fred and Lamont to her place and her parents think Fred and Lamont are trying to rob the place.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Maureen Arthur, Jack Manning, Anne Driscoll
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    9/21/1973  2.  Libra Rising All Over Lamont
Lamont visits an astrologist and discovers he's a double Libra, thus his goal in life is for peace and decides to get along with his father at all costs. Meanwhile, Fred eats a batch of 8 day-old greens and gets sick and becomes convinced he's dying. This leads to Grady spreading the word of Fred's supposedly impending death, which draws Aunt Esther and her friends out of the woodwork.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Harvey Jason, Vivian Bonnell
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    9/28/1973  3.  Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman
Lamont and Julio go out one evening to shoot pool leaving a left-out Fred behind to sulk. Fred soon finds himself a witness to a burglary when he confronts two thieves burglarizing Julio's house. Later, Fred refuses to testify and identify the culprits out of fear and a frustrated Lamont and Julio put a plan into motion to get him to, and it starts when Fred's truck is stolen.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    10/5/1973  4.  Presenting the Three Degrees
Rollo and Lamont are managing a girl singing group from Philadelphia, The Three Degrees. They stay at the Sanford house while preparing for a talent show at the Safari Club. Fred is against the notion at first until he meets the three sexy girls. At the Safari Club, Lamont is surprised when Fred and his friends arrive and they start heckling the other acts.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday, Fayette Pinkney, Jim Cato, Kurt Taylor, Dwan Smith, Juan DeCarlos, Bob Gordon
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    10/12/1973  5.  This Little TV Went to Market
Fred and Lamont's TV set is on it's last legs and Lamont considers buying a brand new one, however Fred buys a used color TV set for cheap. Things get out of hand when Fred's friend Grady stops by and recognizes Fred's new set as his set that was stolen. Fred quickly wants an out of the situation and sells it to his neighbor Julio for $50.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
Guest starring:  Bill McLean,  Bernie Hamilton
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    10/19/1973  6.  Lamont is That You?
Lamont and Rollo are out on the town one evening and decide to stop in at a new bar for a couple drinks. However, they soon realize they have stumbled into a gay bar. Unknown to them, Bubba just happened to see them go inside. Bubba promptly jumps to conclusions and then proceeds to tell Fred that Lamont is gay. Not believing Bubba's story, Fred decides to get to the bottom of the situation.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Bob Illes  / James R. Stein 
Guest starring:  Davis Roberts, Cardella Di Milo, Jeannie Bell
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    10/26/1973  7.  Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico
Lamont has decided to go in on a partnership with Julio in a used auto parts business venture and Fred becomes convinced that Lamont is abandoning their junk business. Against the whole notion, Fred decides he's not going to stay where he's not wanted and gets a bed at the local mission. Lamont and Julio cook up a scheme in order to lure him back to his home.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
Guest starring:  Alma BeltranLouis Guss
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    11/2/1973  8.  Superflyer
Fred gets news that an uncle has died and has left him $1500 in his will. The only thing is, in order to get the money, Fred has to fly to St. Louis to claim it. However, first he must overcome a fear of flying and Lamont is up in arms trying to help him.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell  / Charles T. Williams 
Guest starring:  Pat McCormick, Wally Taylor, Rudy Challenger, Annazette Chase, Terry Lumley, Norma Miller, Sherry Boucher, Joseph Hoover
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    11/9/1973  9.  The Members of the Wedding (a.k.a.) The Engagement
Fred and Donna enjoy an evening out on the town but then Donna breaks the news that she has had another man propose marriage to her. Not wanting to lose her, Fred decides to propose marriage himself and they plan a small wedding ceremony. However, Lamont is totally against the whole thing and has Aunt Esther and family confront Donna and question her intentions.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Bob Illes  / James R. Stein 
Guest starring:  Esther Sutherland, Dorothy Meyer, Alvin Childress, DeForest Covan, Mel Bryant, Bobby Johnson
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    11/16/1973  10.  The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection (a.k.a.) The Chameleon
Lamont advises Fred to donate a collection of Blind Mellow Jelly records to a music library for a tax write-off. After doing so, Fred finds out from an appraiser that the records are valued at five hundred dollars. Fred, with dollar signs in his eyes, has Bubba act as though he were the son of Blind Mellow Jelly in an attempt to get them back.
Director:  Mark Warren  Writer:  Phil Mishkin 
Guest starring:  Bryan O'Byrne
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    11/23/1973  11.  A House is Not a Poolroom
For a birthday present, Lamont buys Fred a pool table. But things get out of hand when Fred invites his buddies over for some friendly games. They quickly overstay their welcome and eat and drink Fred and Lamont out of house and home. Lamont quickly regrets ever buying the pool table for Fred and tries to convince him that the house is not a pool hall.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Winston Moss 
Guest starring:  Stymie Beard
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    11/30/1973  12.  Grady, the Star Boarder
Grady is fed up being a boarder for the bickering Ferguson's and vents his frustrations to Fred. Immediately seeing an opportunity to make some quick cash, Fred tries to convince Lamont to agree to let Grady be a "paying boarder" at the house. However, Fred quickly realizes the drawbacks and must find a way to break the news to his old friend.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    12/14/1973  13.  Wine, Women and Aunt Esther (a.k.a.) Leaving the Nest
Fred and his buddies are down over the death of a close friend and Aunt Esther's over-reacting does nothing to help. Thus, Fred decides to throw a cheer-up party and intends to have it in the Sanford home, complete with booze, music and friends of Fast Fanny, a topless waitress.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Bhetty Waldron
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    1/4/1974  14.  Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe
Grady has a a piece of juicy gossip and is just dying to tell everyone. It seems Grip, an old friend, dated Fred's late-wife, Elizabeth, prior to her getting married to Fred. Elizabeth and Grip had been intimate and Lamont is the result. Fred is convinced Grip is nothing but a "jive turkey" and Esther may have the answer to this paternity question.
Director:  Jack Shea  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Sonny Jim Gaines
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    1/11/1974  15.  Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle
Lamont is disgusted when he receives a traffic ticket for failure to yield on a right turn. Lamont is sure he did the most prudent thing for the situation and lets Fred talk him into fighting the ticket in court. Lamont is prepared to fight for himself but once in the court room he finds himself being represented ... by Fred!
Director:  Bob LaHendro  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
Guest starring:  Antonio Fargas, Arthur Adams, Sosimo Hernandez, Billy Allyn, Stymie Beard, Ed Perry, Jim Driskill
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    1/18/1974  16.  This Land is Whose Land?
While cleaning out the yard, Fred discovers some of Julio's junk on his property and demands that it be removed promptly. Soon, a feud erupts primarily due to Fred, who has a surveyor come over to determine where exactly the property line is. However, what is determined is not exactly what Fred had in mind and sets out to mislead Julio.
Director:  Peter Baldwin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    2/1/1974  17.  Fred's Cheating Heart
When a man stops by the Sanford residence seeking funds for a heart association, Lamont, finds out some interesting facts about heart attacks and decides to use the info to his advantage. The next time Fred has a supposed heart attack, Lamont doesn't take no for an answer and Fred ends up in the hospital for a checkup.
Director:  Stan Lathan  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Thalmus Rasulala, Helen Verbit,  Joan Pringle, Harry Basch, Juan DeCarlos, Raymond O'Keefe
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    2/8/1974  18.  The Party Crasher
Lamont and Rollo are planning a double date and they have a plan to get Fred out of the house so they can have it all to themselves. However, Fred catches on and Lamont and Rollo must make do with the cramped quarters of Rollo's apartment, but they still have problems, the girls aren't happy with the entire arrangement, right down to the refreshments, that's when Fred steps in.
Director:  Stan Lathan  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
Guest starring:  Della Thomas, Angela Gibbs
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    2/15/1974  19.  Lamont Goes Karate
Grady has been left in charge while Fred is visiting family in St. Louis and has promised to look after Lamont who comes home with a bloody nose, courtesy of Jo-Jo Jackson, after a fight over a woman. After taking a couple of karate lessons, Lamont goes back to the bar to confront Jo-Jo. However, a concerned Grady, decides tries to intervene.
Director:  Bud Yorkin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Pamela Jones, Hugh Van Putten, Stan Haze, Casey Brown
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    2/22/1974  20.  Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?
A woman, whom Fred once had a drunken fling with, stops by and becomes convinced that Grady is Fred. Grady is in shock and Lamont is no help trying to convince her otherwise. But Grady has an even bigger problem: The woman decides to hold him to the promise Fred made - marriage.
Director:  Stan Lathan  Writer:  Aaron Ruben 
Guest starring:  Vivian Bonnell, Talya Ferro
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    3/1/1974  21.  Tyranny, Thy Name is Grady
After promising Fred that he will keep certain rules alive while he's in St. Louis, Grady tries to keep the house free of Aunt Esther's Bible meetings as well as not allowing Lamont and Rollo to have a party with a couple of fine ladies. In response, Lamont changes all the locks in the house when Grady goes out to a movie, however, Aunt Esther and the members of her Bible meeting become the next interference.
Director:  Stan Lathan  Writer:  Gene Farmer 
Guest starring:  Brenda Sutton, Beverly Hope Atkinson
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    3/8/1974  22.  Aunt Esther and Uncle Woodrow Pffttt . . .
Lamont and Grady have an unexpected visitor show up at their doorstep and it turns out to be Woody, Aunt Esther's husband who has been thrown out of the house. Fearing that his marriage is over, Woody asks to stay at the Sanford residence but Grady is against the idea. However, things get worse when Aunt Esther decides to move instead and kicks Woody to the wind.
Director:  Bud Yorkin  Writer:  Ilunga Adell 
Guest starring:  Hilda Haynes, Dorothy Meyer
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    3/15/1974  23.  The Way to Lamont's Heart
Lamont's latest girlfriend, Judy is falling in love with him and likes the idea of settling down someday with the right guy. However, Lamont isn't too happy with that notion and makes up a lie that Grady is his godfather and they'd need his blessing. Judy moves ahead and goes out of her way to shower Grady with her attention.
Director:  Hal Cooper  Writer:  George Burditt  / Paul Wayne 
Guest starring:  Judy Pace, Norma Miller
    Seen it: Yes   0 hr 30 mins    3/29/1974  24.  Hello, Cousin Emma . . . Goodbye, Cousin Emma
Grady's cousin, Emma, has moved from Chicago to California and stops in by Grady and Lamont for a visit. However, the visit turns into a short stay, which is something Lamont is against from the very beginning. Pretty soon, it appears that Cousin Emma is going to stay for quite awhile and fakes illness to get people to wait on her.
Director:  Hal Cooper  Writer:  Bill Manhoff 
Guest starring:  Clarice Taylor, Kathrine McKee
Edition Details
Series Sanford And Son
Distributor Sony Pictures
Release Date 10/7/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 3