Sanford and Son (TV Series 1972–1977) Poster



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Followed by 

Sanford Arms (1977) (TV Series)
Sanford (1980) (TV Series)

Remake of 

Steptoe and Son (1962) (TV Series)
Steptoe and Son (1965) (TV Movie)
Remade into "Sanford and Son". The third attempt after a second failed pilot.


Grady (1975) (TV Mini-Series)
Grady's family is introduced in Sanford and Son: The Family Man (1975).

Referenced in 

Maude: Florida's Problem (1973) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Florida.
Good Times: The TV Commercial (1974) (TV Episode)
Thelma says: "You think Redd Foxx really makes his living from a junkyard?"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Carl Reiner/David Brenner/Madlyn Rhue/Burt Mustin (1974) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions the Norman Lear-produced series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Danny Thomas/Jonathan Winters/Ralph Nader (1976) (TV Episode)
Danny Thomas mentions that the show will air preceding his new series
Saturday Night Live: Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Norman Lear's monologue
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Frank Sinatra/David Janssen/Olivia Newton-John/Ray Johnson (1976) (TV Episode)
Frank Sinatra refers to Redd Foxx's role as a junk dealer
Van Dyke and Company: Episode #1.9 (1976) (TV Episode)
Andy Kaufman does his impression of Redd Foxx.
Little Darlings (1980)
seen briefly on a billboard in a parking lot
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Steve Martin/Sylvester Stallone (1982) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions Demond Wilson's former series
Amazing Stories: Remote Control Man (1985) (TV Episode)
Walter's remote control accidentally brings Aunt Esther Anderson to life.
Cool It: Episode #3.5 (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned and imitated by Phil Cool
The Dead Next Door (1989)
The emergency news caster reads out "To repeat, The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son will not be shown at their regular times tonight"
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (1990) (TV Episode)
referenced on Weekend Update
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) (TV Episode)
"It's Grady, from 'Sanford and Son'!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel (as Fred Sanford): "I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
"It's the Fred Sanford memorial!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Here comes Fred Sanford."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "In a private ceremony they were married by Grady from 'Sanford and Son'."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Fred Sanford): "I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crash of Moons (1992) (TV Episode)
"I'm coming, Elizabeth"
Dinosaurs: Swamp Music (1993) (TV Episode)
Howlin Jay refers to his son, Sonny, as 'the big dummy'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World (1993) (TV Episode)
"Grady, the Paper Chase Guy is here"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Secret Agent Super Dragon (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Fred Sanford): "Y'hear that, Elizabeth? I'm comin' to join ya!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel (as Fred Sanford): "What do you think, Grady?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Fred Sanford): "I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow hums the theme song.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Girls Town (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom hums the "Sanford and Son" theme.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow hums the theme.
Married... with Children: Kelly Breaks Out (1994) (TV Episode)
Al mentions Grady from this show as a good example of past sitcoms.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: High School Big Shot (1994) (TV Episode)
"Fred Sanford?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) (TV Episode)
Mike: Fred Sanford.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Candy Sale (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast (1995) (TV Episode)
Theme song hummed
The Wayans Bros.: Psycho Santa (1995) (TV Episode)
Reference to fictional product based off the series.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast (1996) (TV Episode)
Theme song hummed
Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Velveteen Touch of a Dandy Fop (1996) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Coolio Runnings (1997) (TV Episode)
Duckman compares his situation with Ajax to this show.
Metro (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: (as a character dies) You might want to tell Elizabeth that you're coming.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Tom hums the "Sanford and Son" theme.
The Simpsons: The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (1997) (TV Episode)
Troy McClure talks about a fictitious spin off he starred in called "Son of Sanford and Son"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
"Hi, Sandford" "Hi Son"
South Park: Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (1997) (TV Episode)
Chef says "You've only got 20 minutes before Sanford & Son is on"
Steel (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) (TV Episode)
"Dummy" "Fred Sanford's Son"
King of the Hill: Hilloween (1997) (TV Episode)
Dale Gribble is at home watching this television show on his television
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as Fred Sanford): "It's the big one!"
Gex: Enter the Gecko (1998) (Video Game)
"This is the big one! I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1998) (TV Episode)
Mike: I'm coming Elizabeth.
The Simpsons: Trash of the Titans (1998) (TV Episode)
The theme song to this show is heard.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV Movie)
King of the Hill: Pregnant Paws (1998) (TV Episode)
Theme song plays on the TV set while Dale is bounty-hunting.
Saturday Night Live: Ben Stiller/Alanis Morrisette (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by title in "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol"
Happy, Texas (1999)
Marshal Nalhober (Ron Perlman) says, "Great Googly Moogly" which is a reference to Project Pat's song "Good Googly Moogly"; which, in turn, is a reference to the "Sanford and Son" character Grady Wilson's (Whitman Mayo) one-liner "Good Goobly Goo".
Will & Grace: My Fair Maid-y (1999) (TV Episode)
mentions it
That '70s Show: The Pill (1999) (TV Episode)
Bob is talking about it.
Smart Guy: Cross Talk (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by TJ
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike (impersonating Redd Foxx): "It's the big one! I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Futurama: A Fishful of Dollars (1999) (TV Episode)
Fry watches a show on TV which is meant to be Sanford & Son
The King of Queens: Dire Strayts (1999) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned by Carrie
Freaks and Geeks: The Garage Door (2000) (TV Episode)
Bill quotes Fred Sanford when he says, "It's the big one! Elizabeth, I'm comin' to join ya, honey!"
Good Eats: Grill Seekers (2001) (TV Episode)
Decrying cheap grills, Alton says, "All cheap buys you is a hunk of uselessness that will quickly morph into a 'Sanford & Son' set piece."
Family Guy: One If by Clam, Two If by Sea (2001) (TV Episode)
Lois mentions the show after she finds Demond Wilson hiding behind the sofa.
Scrubs: My Fifteen Minutes (2001) (TV Episode)
J.D. and Turk humming the theme
Jackass: Playgirl Pontius (2002) (TV Episode)
theme heard in junkyard
Friends: The One with the Secret Closet (2002) (TV Episode)
Chandler compares Monica to Fred Sanford and then starts to hum its theme song.
Saturday Night Live: Jonny Moseley/Outkast (2002) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during 'Super Buzzers'
King of the Hill: The Texas Skilsaw Massacre (2002) (TV Episode)
Dale has a Fred Sanford poster on his basement wall.
Gilmore Girls: Lorelai Out of Water (2003) (TV Episode)
Looking at all of the junk in the garage, Lorelai says, "We're Sanford and Son."
Daredevil (2003)
Foggy Nelson says that Matt's office looks like the set of "Sanford and Son" and everytime he walks in he expects Lamont to walk down the stairs
Saturday Night Live: Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte (2003) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during 'Brain Busters'.
King of the Hill: Night and Deity (2003) (TV Episode)
Dale watches this show and theme song is audible
TV Land Moguls (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
discussed in Norman Lear segment
The Sopranos: The Test Dream (2004) (TV Episode)
Learning that Charlie Garepe works in architectural salvage, Tony Blundetto jokingly compares his job to Sanford and Son.
Soul Plane (2004)
Capt. Mack's Fred Sanford bobblehead doll
The Cookout (2004)
when jojo says he should have his own show he says it should be called jojo and son instead of sanford and son. when he gets picture and picture tv he can watch sanford& son and basketball.
Scrubs: My Cake (2004) (TV Episode)
Pictures from this show seen
Scrubs: My Life in Four Cameras (2005) (TV Episode)
Carla wants to see it on TV
Die You Zombie Bastards! (2005)
mentioned in dialogue
ECW One Night Stand (2005) (TV Special)
John Bradshaw Layfield sarcastically imitates Redd Foxx's "Elizabeth this is the big one" fake heart attack bit in response to Paul Heyman saying in his shoot promo that the only reason JBL was "Champ for a year was because HHH didn't want to have to work Tuesdays."
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.69 (2005) (TV Episode)
"This is the big one, Elizabeth!" dialogue is used as part of a clue to the response "red fox" in "A Foxy Category" category
American Dad!: Rough Trade (2006) (TV Episode)
Roger says "It's my son to my Sandford" when talking about sitcoms.
Gilmore Girls: The Perfect Dress (2006) (TV Episode)
Lorelai compares Rory's apartment to Sanford and Son.
Bigfoot (2006) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Dumb-Dumbs and Dragons/Fear and Loathing in Endsville (2006) (TV Episode)
Dracula says he knows what Grim's name is; "It's Dummy!"
Little Man (2006)
when grandpa is in the kitchen at night, darrell says he looks like sanford from the tv show
Project Runway: Finale: Part 2 (2006) (TV Episode)
Jeffrey compares a company that did some work for him to "Sanford and Son".
Saturday Night Live: Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Whitney Houston
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Substitute (2007) (TV Episode)
Substitute teacher notes that he got a job at "Lamont Sanford" school.
The Making of 'The Larry Sanders Show' (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Dirty Jokes (2007) (TV Episode)
Redd Foxx's sitcom is mentioned
Superbad (2007)
'Sanford and Son' shirt
30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby (2007) (TV Episode)
When Jack is pretending to be Tracy's father, he sounds and acts just like Fred G. Sanford.
Medium: Burn Baby Burn: Part 1 (2008) (TV Episode)
Joe quips that Ariel seems to be taking up the slack on the "family business", like Sanford & Son
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the BFD (2008) (TV Episode)
a widow says that her husband loved to watch the show
Hancock (2008)
The theme song plays after Hancock's first prison confrontation in the mess hall.
Rifftrax Shorts: Damaged Goods (2009) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Oh, great Aunt Esther, why?"
Blood and Bone (2009)
Fred Sanford mentioned.
Tosh.0: Ladder Fail Guy (2009) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Tosh
The Cleveland Show: A Cleveland Brown Christmas (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Cleveland.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.148 (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference in the Final Jeopardy! clue in the category "Celebrity Names"
The Boondocks: Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy (2010) (TV Episode)
Crabmiser's voice and appearance are based on Fred Sanford
American Pickers: Art of the Deal (2010) (TV Episode)
Ryan Newman mentions this television show by name
American Pickers: Smooth Operators (2010) (TV Episode)
Mike Wolfe mentions this television show by name
Futurama: The Duh-Vinci Code (2010) (TV Episode)
Bender's line "you a big dummy" is said in the style of Fred Sanford.
Psych: Viagra Falls (2010) (TV Episode)
Peters refers to Gus as "that guy who looks like the young LaWanda Page," and Gus references her role on "Sanford and Son."
RiffTrax: Shorts-Tacular Shorts-Stravaganza! (2010) (Video)
Mike: "Oh, great Aunt Esther, why?"
Lights Out: The Shot (2011) (TV Episode)
Barry K. word uses Fred Sanford as his hotel alias.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
"Like Fred Sanford said, "I'm coming to join you, Elizabeth!" "
Better with You: Better Without a Job (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Napoleon Dynamite: Ligertown (2012) (TV Episode)
theme heard playing on TV
The Cleveland Show: American Prankster (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
How I Met Your Mother: Now We're Even (2012) (TV Episode)
Ted mentions the show by name.
RiffTrax: Curse of Bigfoot (2012)
Mike: "Then the kids got a lift from an ornery old junkyard owner and his son." Kevin: "Now get the hell out, you big dummies!"
Saturday Night Live: Seth MacFarlane/Frank Ocean (2012) (TV Episode)
In the cold opening, Barack Obama (Jay Pharoah) hums the "Sanford and Son" theme.
30 Rock: Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy (2012) (TV Episode)
Tracy pays the New York Philharmonic to perform an orchestral version of the show's theme
Hot in Cleveland: Magic Diet Candy (2013) (TV Episode)
Joy says her mother has "had more fake heart attacks than Fred Sanford".
30 Rock: A Goon's Deed in a Weary World (2013) (TV Episode)
a still from the show appears during Kenneth's closing song
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.90 (2013) (TV Episode)
Seth MacFarlane says that Demond Wilson from the show took offense at a "Family Guy" gag about him
Family Guy: No Country Club for Old Men (2013) (TV Episode)
Peter plays the theme song on his "butt harmonica"
August: Osage County (2013)
Steve's cell phone ringtone is this TV show's theme music.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Marise Muir: Block 5 (2013) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions the show by name.
Lab Rats: Prank You Very Much (2013) (TV Episode)
Feigning a heart attack to gain sympathy, Rose grabs her chest and claims "This could be the big one."
Come Dine with Me Canada: Martha O'Neill: Block 12 (2014) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions the show by name.
Anime Abandon: Lady Death: The Motion Picture (2014) (TV Episode)
"And miss Sanford and Son? Are you loco?"
The Cinema Snob: Curse of Bigfoot (2014) (TV Episode)
"Hey look, it's a classic episode of White Sanford and White Sons."
Tosh.0: Date Camp (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
Half in the Bag: Interstellar (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions how great would be to see reruns of Sanford and Son in bent TVs
Wicked City: Blizzard of Ozz (2015) (TV Episode)
Paco calls Jack "Sanford and Son".
Chicago Med: Malignant (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016) (TV Movie)
"I'm coming home, Elizabeth!"
Sharkenstein (2016)
The abandoned house is compared to something out of this TV show.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.38 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Fox(x) News" category
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) (TV Episode)
"I'm comin', Elizabeth! I'm comin' for ya!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Starcrash (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah (as Fred Sanford): "I'm comin', Elizabeth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I'm coming, Elizabeth!"
Insane Clown Posse: 6 Foot 7 Foot (7 Foot 8 Foot Ft. Lyte) (2017) (Video)
Violent J wears a T-shirt with a picture of Redd Foxx and the words "Shut Up Dummy"
RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party (2017) (Video)
Mike: "Everything changed the day that Sanford and Son visited the Shuken Bag Company."
Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #15.25 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned in Bill's final monologue
The Cinema Snob: Halloween H20 (2017) (TV Episode)
Theme song heard.
Talking Dead: Still Gotta Mean Something (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ron Funches.
Family Guy: Stand by Meg (2018) (TV Episode)
Fred Sanford appears and gives Chris advice
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Day Time Ended (2018) (TV Episode)
Tom: "When time ends, you're the new Fred Sanford."
Family Guy: Pawtucket Pete (2018) (TV Episode)
Peter hums the "Sanford and Son" theme at Angela's funeral
Monkey in the Morning: Oops, I Did It Again (2019) (TV Episode)
Dax makes a joke referencing the theme song.
Halsey, JF, Dawson (2019) (Video)
Ryan Dawson says the Japanese are more stubborn than Fred Sanford.
Gold Rush: Alaska: Fortune Favors the Bold (2020) (TV Episode)
Dustin mentions Sanford and Son

Featured in 

Being There (1979)
Sanford and Son is one of the tv shows that Chance watches towards the beginning of Being There.
The '70s (2000) (TV Movie)
There was a clip of the show in that mini series
High Crimes (2002)
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
Juwanna Mann (2002)
I Love the '70s: 1973 (2003) (TV Episode)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (Video)
Black in the 80s: Color TV (2005) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the televsion show.
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) (Video)
trope of working class incompetence
Joey: Joey and the House (2005) (TV Episode)
theme song heard
Scrubs: My Déjà Vu, My Déjà Vu (2006) (TV Episode)
Theme is played during episode
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Black to the Future: Hour 1: The 70s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips, discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable TV Dads (2012) (TV Episode)
Fred G. Sanford is the Top Foolish Dad.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1970s (2013) (TV Episode)
Sanford and Son is #7.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
A clip is featured.
The Tanning of America: Word Is Born (2014) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the television series
Comedy Playhouse: Where It All Began (2014) (TV Short)
Clips seen and discussed
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Seen on the security camera screens at the Pentagon
WatchMojo: Top 10 Grumpy TV Characters (2015) (TV Episode)
Fred Sanford gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 African American Shows (2016) (TV Episode)
Sanford and Son is #5.
Generation X: Family, Reimagined (2016) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the television series
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Television Characters of the 1970s (2016) (TV Episode)
Fred G. Sanford is #3.
The Cinema Snob: Halloween H20 (2017) (TV Episode)
theme plays when an old car drives into the frame
The Very Very Best of the 70s: Stand-Up Comedians (2019) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the TV series

Spoofed in 

The Charmings: The Charmings Get Robbed (1988) (TV Episode)
Paul Winfield does an impression of LaWanda Page's Aunt Esther character and shouts, "Watch it sucka!"
In Living Color: Pilot (1990) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the Redd Foxx sketch.
Four Rooms (1995)
When Seifred (David Proval) screams "This is the big one" when he is having a heart attack.
Family Guy: Holy Crap (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter imagines himself with his father as the title characters.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Donkey exclaims "I'm comin' Elizabeth!" like Redd Foxx's character did
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as Colin's Place
Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007) (TV Episode)
Redd Fox is an X-wing pilot, and does his "I'm coming" bit when he's about to die
Can't Be Sanford & Son: It's a XXX Parody (2011) (Video)
XXX Porn parody
The Simpsons: The Winter of His Content (2014) (TV Episode)
character similar to Fred Sanford
Disjointed: Eve's Bush (2017) (TV Episode)
Ruth, while she's faking a heart attack: "Oh, this is it. It's the big one. Lamont, when I'm dead, keep the junkyard open. I'm comin', Elizabeth, I'm comin'."
The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa's Opus (2017) (TV Episode)
The Duff blimp at the end says stay tuned for "Simpson and Son".

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