Friday, January 14th, 1972
1: Crossed Swords
When Lamont and Fred put a porcelain figure up for auction, their shill bidding attempts backfire on them.
Friday, January 21st, 1972
2: Happy Birthday, Pop
Lamont takes Fred out on the town to celebrate his father's birthday but only ends up being embarrassed.
Friday, January 28th, 1972
3: Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride
When Lamont is jilted at the altar by his bride-to-be, his relatives try to recover their wedding gifts.
Friday, February 4th, 1972
4: The Copper Caper
Fred and Lamont fall victim to a copper scam.
Friday, February 11th, 1972
5: A Matter of Life and Breath
Lamont forces Fred to quit smoking and visit the doctor, but Fred becomes convinced he has tuberculosis.
Friday, February 18th, 1972
6: We Were Robbed
After knocking over Lamont's glass figurine collection, Fred pretends the house was robbed and is treated as a hero.
Friday, February 25th, 1972
7: A Pad for Lamont
Frustrated with the lack of privacy at home, Lamont moves into his own apartment.
Friday, March 3rd, 1972
8: The Great Sanford Siege
After Fred ignores all the household bills, debt collectors descend on the house from every direction.
Friday, March 10th, 1972
9: Coffins for Sale
After Lamont buys two coffins at auction, a superstitious Fred refuses to sleep in the house.
Friday, March 17th, 1972
10: The Barracuda
Lamont is determined to break up Fred's plans to marry Donna.
Friday, March 24th, 1972
11: TV or Not TV
Fred fakes amnesia to get Lamont to buy him a color television.
Friday, March 31st, 1972
12: The Suitcase Case
Fred and Lamont find a large sum of money in an old suitcase but are soon visited by a gunman intent on taking the treasure.
Friday, April 7th, 1972
13: The Return of the Barracuda
With Fred and Donna once again planning marriage, Lamont cooks up a scheme to drive them apart.
Friday, April 14th, 1972
14: The Piano Movers
Fred and Lamont try to move a piano from the apartment of an eccentric man.
Friday, September 15th, 1972
1: By the Numbers
Fred wins $500 playing his lucky number but soon finds Aunt Ethel and Bubba inconveniently needing cash.
Friday, September 22nd, 1972
After getting in an accident with the truck, Fred feigns a whiplash injury to collect damages.
Friday, September 29th, 1972
3: The Dowry
When Fred finds out that his cousin's plump stepdaughter will inherit $10,000 when she marries, he tries to make Lamont the lucky groom.
Friday, October 6th, 1972
Fred fumes with jealousy over Donna's patient, a pompous but sick man who makes Fred feel inferior.
Friday, October 13th, 1972
5: Tooth or Consequences
Fred's toothache leads him to the dental clinic, where he insists on a white dentist but soon ends up with his foot in his mouth.
Friday, October 27th, 1972
6: Card Sharps
After Lamont loses his shirt to some crooked poker players, Fred saves the day by turning the tables on them.
Friday, November 3rd, 1972
7: Have Gun, Will Sell
When Fred, Lamont and Rollo try to sell a gun at a pawn shop, they are mistaken for stickup bandits.
Friday, November 10th, 1972
8: The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!
Upset about his new Puerto Rican neighbor, Fred hatches a plan to have the city condemn Julio's property.
Friday, November 17th, 1972
9: The Shootout
After Fred accidentally fires an antique rifle, he and Lamont become convinced that the bullet has killed their neighbor Goldstein.
Friday, November 24th, 1972
10: Blood Is Thicker Than Junk
A fed-up Lamont quits the business and takes a job with a competitor while Fred tries to replace his son.
Friday, December 1st, 1972
11: Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three
An old flame stops by and tells Fred that he is her daughter's real father, but Lamont has already taken the girl out for a date, unaware that she may be his sister.
Friday, December 8th, 1972
12: A Guest in the Yard
Fred and Lamont find a homeless man sleeping in a bathtub in their junkyard.
Friday, December 15th, 1972
13: Fred & Carol & Fred & Donna
Fred must scramble to keep two dates entertained, much to the delight of a scheming Lamont.
Friday, December 22nd, 1972
14: The Light Housekeeper
Lamont and Fred hire a maid who'd rather relax than work.
Friday, January 5th, 1973
15: The Big Party
After Fred begins throwing parties for which he charges admission, two hoods show up wanting a part of the action.
Friday, January 12th, 1973
16: A Visit from Lena Horne
After meeting Lena Horne, Fred tries to trick her into visiting him at his home.
Friday, January 19th, 1973
17: Lamont Goes African
Lamont gets in touch with his roots but soon learns that Africanism is about more than just clothes and slogans.
Friday, January 26th, 1973
18: Watts Side Story
When Lamont takes out Julio's sister, Fred spies on them and finds Julio's mother doing the same.
Friday, February 2nd, 1973
19: The Infernal Triangle
Fred's new fiancee happens to be Lamont's old flame.
Friday, February 9th, 1973
20: Pops 'n' Pals
With Lamont spending lots of time with Julio, Fred feels left out.
Friday, February 16th, 1973
21: Home Sweet Home for the Aged
With Lamont joining a tramp steamer to see the world, Fred reluctantly enters a retirement home.
Friday, February 23rd, 1973
22: Pot Luck
Lamont tries to turn a fast buck on a commode that he thinks is a valuable antique.
Friday, March 9th, 1973
23: The Kid
A runaway child staying with the Sanfords breaks through Fred's gruff exterior.
Friday, March 16th, 1973
24: Rated X
After Lamont, Rollo and Fred unwittingly show up at an adult movie shoot, a police raid lands them all in jail.
Friday, September 14th, 1973
1: Lamont as Othello
While visiting the home of Lamont's white drama teacher, Fred surprises the woman's parents and exposes their prejudices as well as his own.
Friday, September 21st, 1973
2: Libra Rising All Over Lamont
Inspired by a visit to an astrologist, Lamont seeks peace with his father, but Fred is convinced that his indigestion may be fatal.
Friday, September 28th, 1973
3: Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman
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.
Friday, October 5th, 1973
4: Presenting the Three Degrees
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.
Friday, October 12th, 1973
5: This Little TV Went to Market
Fred's new TV turns out to be one stolen from Grady, so Fred tries to unload it on Julio.
Friday, October 19th, 1973
6: Lamont, Is That You?
After Bubba spots Lamont and Rollo mistakenly entering a gay bar, an incredulous Fred tries to find out if his son has become a homosexual.
Friday, October 26th, 1973
7: Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico
Convinced that Lamont is abandoning the business, Fred takes a bed at a seedy flophouse.
Friday, November 2nd, 1973
To claim an inheritance in St. Louis, a nervous Fred must take his first airplane flight.
Friday, November 9th, 1973
9: The Members of the Wedding
To spoil Fred's wedding plans with Donna, Lamont uses Esther and other family members to wreak havoc.
Friday, November 16th, 1973
10: The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection
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.
Friday, November 23rd, 1973
11: A House Is Not a Poolroom
Lamont regrets his birthday gift to Fred of a pool table, which has turned the house into a billiards room for Fred and his shiftless friends.
Friday, November 30th, 1973
12: Grady, the Star Boarder
To make some extra cash, Fred and Lamont take in Grady as a boarder but soon regret the decision.
Friday, December 14th, 1973
13: Wine, Women and Aunt Esther
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.
Friday, January 4th, 1974
14: Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe
Longtime family friend Grip comes to visit, with a shocking claim: he thinks he is Lamont's real father.
Friday, January 11th, 1974
15: Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle
When Lamont tries to contest a traffic ticket, Fred creates disorder in the court.
Friday, January 18th, 1974
16: This Land Is Whose Land?
Angry with Julio for leaving junk on his property, Fred gets a surveyor to mark the property line but is not pleased with the results.
Friday, February 1st, 1974
17: Fred's Cheating Heart
Fed up with all of Fred's fake heart attacks, Lamont forces his father to check into the hospital for tests.
Friday, February 8th, 1974
18: The Party Crasher
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.
Friday, February 15th, 1974
19: Lamont Goes Karate
Beaten up by a barroom bully, Lamont takes karate lessons to defend himself against the thug.
Friday, February 22nd, 1974
20: Will the Real Fred Sanford Please Do Something?
A confused woman visits the house, insisting that Grady is Fred, the man with whom she had spent a drunken evening.
Friday, March 1st, 1974
21: Tyranny, Thy Name Is Grady
With Fred away in St. Louis, Grady rules the house with an iron fist.
Friday, March 8th, 1974
22: Aunt Esther and Uncle Woodrow Pffttt...
Woody comes to stay with Lamont and Grady after a fight with Esther.
Friday, March 15th, 1974
23: The Way to Lamont's Heart
Spooked by his girlfriend's marriage ideas, Lamont uses Grady as the reason he can't tie the knot.
Friday, March 29th, 1974
24: Hello, Cousin Emma...Goodbye, Cousin Emma
Grady's cousin Emma comes to visit and tries to take advantage of his hospitality.
Friday, September 13th, 1974
1: The Surprise Party
Fred returns from his extended trip to St. Louis but feels unwanted because Grady took better care of the house and Lamont.
Friday, September 20th, 1974
2: Matchmaker, Matchmaker
After a relative leaves Lamont $7,000 if he weds and has a child, Fred visits a dating service to find Lamont a mate.
Friday, September 27th, 1974
3: Ol' Brown Eyes is Back
Fred becomes convinced that a ring given to him by friends and family was actually stolen from Frank Sinatra.
Friday, October 4th, 1974
4: Grady and His Lady
Fred schemes to break up Grady's new romance with a homely woman.
Friday, October 11th, 1974
5: There'll Be Some Changes Made
After a fed-up Lamont moves out, Fred lets his son hold a strange gathering at the house in the hopes of getting him back.
Friday, October 18th, 1974
6: Going Out of Business
With business bad and the tax bill due, Lamont takes a job at a local haberdashery.
Friday, October 25th, 1974
7: Home Sweet Home
When a Japanese company tries to buy out the neighborhood to build a brewery, Fred holds out for as much as he can get.
Friday, November 1st, 1974
8: My Kingdom for a Horse
Fred buys a racehorse for breeding purposes but soon finds the animal isn't fit for the task.
Friday, November 8th, 1974
9: Sanford and Niece
Fred's niece, who closely resembles his late wife, comes to visit.
Friday, November 15th, 1974
10: Julio and Sister and Nephew
When Julio's sister and nephew visit and must stay with the Sanfords, Fred becomes involved with the nephew's problems at school.
Friday, November 29th, 1974
11: Fred's Treasure Garden
With Fred in St. Louis, Grady unwittingly serves a salad to Smitty and Hoppy that may contain marijuana leaves.
Friday, December 6th, 1974
12: Tower Power
Fred becomes inspired to create a work of art out of junk as his legacy for eternity.
Friday, December 13th, 1974
13: A Little Extra Security
After Grady receives an extra Social Security check, he gambles the money away in Las Vegas.
Friday, December 20th, 1974
14: The Merger
Julio and the Sanfords consolidate their junk businesses but soon sour on the merger.
Friday, December 27th, 1974
15: Once a Thief
Lamont's visiting ex-con friend has Grady on high alert.
Friday, January 17th, 1975
16: The Stand-Ins
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.
Friday, January 24th, 1975
17: Strange Bedfellows
After calling into a local radio show, Lamont is drafted to run for state assembly.
Friday, January 31st, 1975
18: The Masquerade Party
Fred and his pals don ridiculous costumes to win a prize for Lamont on a TV game show.
Friday, February 7th, 1975
19: Golden Boy
Fred takes on the mismanagement of a dim-witted prizefighter.
Friday, February 14th, 1975
20: My Brother-in-Law's Keeper
Fred is mortified to meet his new brother-in-law Rodney, a white impresario with an overabundance of affection.
Friday, February 21st, 1975
21: The Headache
A psychiatrist tells Lamont that his headaches are caused by a hatred for his father.
Friday, February 28th, 1975
22: The Stung
Fred and his professional gambler friend conspire to hustle money from Lamont's poker game.
Friday, March 7th, 1975
23: The Older Woman
Fred tries to convince Lamont to end his romance with an older woman.
Friday, March 14th, 1975
24: The Over-the-Hill Gag
Mistakenly believing that Fred is dying, Lamont prepares a party and tries to get Lena Horne to visit.
Friday, April 25th, 1975
25: The Family Man
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.
Friday, September 12th, 1975
1: Earthquake II
Fearing a massive earthquake, Fred tries to sell the house and heads to Las Vegas.
Friday, September 19th, 1975
2: Divorce, Sanford Style
Fred becomes entangled in a spat between Esther and Woodrow.
Friday, September 26th, 1975
3: Bank on This
At the bank to seek a loan to open the Sanford Arms, Fred and Lamont find themselves hostages in a robbery.
Friday, October 3rd, 1975
4: The Sanford Arms
Fred and Lamont open a boarding house and fill the rooms with a variety of strange characters.
Friday, October 10th, 1975
5: Steinberg and Son
Fred sues NBC for airing a show called Steinberg and Son, which seems to copy his life exactly but with white Jewish characters rather than black ones.
Friday, October 17th, 1975
6: Brother, Can You Spare an Act?
To help new brother-in-law Rodney, Fred teams up with an old friend to make Rodney's gig as nightclub impresario a success.
Friday, October 31st, 1975
7: Della, Della, Della
An encounter with Della Reese causes Fred to support a political candidate whose opponent is backed by Lamont.
Friday, November 7th, 1975
8: Donna Pops the Question
With another marriage proposal in hand, Donna gives Fred an ultimatum.
Friday, November 14th, 1975
9: My Fair Esther
With a $1,000 prize on the line, Fred tries to groom Esther to win a beauty contest.
Friday, November 21st, 1975
10: Sanford and Rising Son
Fred and Ah Chew start a takeout food business in the Sanford home but run afoul of the health inspector.
Friday, December 5th, 1975
11: The Olympics
Fred competes in the Senior Olympics to defeat a rival suitor for Donna's affections.
Friday, December 12th, 1975
12: Ebenezer Sanford
Fred plays the role of Scrooge in his dream version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
Friday, January 2nd, 1976
13: The Oddfather
After witnessing a murder attempt, Fred is a target for assassins as he recuperates in a hospital bed.
Friday, January 9th, 1976
14: Can You Chop This?
Fred steals Lamont's savings to become a seller of a kitchen tool called the Whopper Chopper.
Friday, January 16th, 1976
15: Greatest Show in Watts
To legally keep the elephant left with him by a tenant, Fred must stage a circus in the junkyard.
Friday, January 23rd, 1976
16: Fred Sanford Has a Baby
When Lamont goes out of town, Fred rents his room to a pregnant woman who goes into labor.
Friday, January 30th, 1976
17: The TV Addict
A hypnotherapist tries to cure Fred of his addiction to television.
Friday, February 6th, 1976
18: Lamont in Love
To find the truth about Lamont's new girlfriend Janet, Fred goes undercover.
Friday, February 13th, 1976
19: The Escorts
Fred starts an escort service but must entertain three ladies at the same time.
Friday, February 20th, 1976
20: The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice
After Lamont pops the question to Janet, Fred worries that the marriage will cause him to be alone.
Friday, February 27th, 1976
21: The Director
Fred becomes the director of a community theater production starring boxer George Foreman.
Friday, March 5th, 1976
22: A Pain in the Neck
Fred resorts to desperate measures to overcome his sudden back pain in time for an awards banquet in his honor.
Friday, March 12th, 1976
23: Sergeant Gork
Fred's tall tales about World War II give way to fantasy sequences starring the entire cast.
Friday, March 19th, 1976
24: Camping Trip
Fred and Lamont go camping and reminisce, leading to several flashback scenes.
Friday, September 24th, 1976
1: The Hawaiian Connection (Part 1)
A band of jewel thieves lures Fred and Lamont to Hawaii to unwittingly smuggle diamonds off the island.
Friday, September 24th, 1976
2: The Hawaiian Connection (Part 2)
A band of jewel thieves lures Fred and Lamont to Hawaii to unwittingly smuggle diamonds off the island.
Friday, October 1st, 1976
3: The Hawaiian Connection (Part 3)
When Fred and Lamont discover stolen diamonds intended to be smuggled to the mainland, the thieves chase them all over Hawaii.
Friday, October 8th, 1976
4: California Crude
Fred's outdoor garden may actually be the site of a lucrative crude oil strike.
Friday, October 15th, 1976
5: The Stakeout
The new tenant at the Sanford Arms is a wanted fence disguised in drag.
Friday, October 22nd, 1976
6: I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz
Fred tries to set the world record for continuous hours without sleep.
Friday, November 5th, 1976
7: The Winning Ticket
After Fred falls victim to a sweepstakes scam, he devises a plan to con the con men.
Friday, November 12th, 1976
8: Committee Man
Fred's position as a community councilman draws the attention of a crooked slumlord looking to pass a bribe.
Friday, November 19th, 1976
9: Fred's Extra Job
To keep Lamont from quitting the business, Fred takes out a loan and must secretly work as a waiter to pay it off.
Friday, November 26th, 1976
A strange man visits and claims that he and Fred robbed a bank years ago.
Friday, December 3rd, 1976
11: Aunt Esther Has a Baby
When Woody gets drunk just before a visit from the adoption agency, Fred must stand in as Esther's husband.
Friday, December 10th, 1976
12: Aunt Esther Meets Her Son
Esther and Woody adopt a teenage boy whose attitude and beliefs don't sit well with Esther.
Friday, December 17th, 1976
13: Sanford and Gong
Lamont, Fred and Bubba face the music as contestants on The Gong Show.
Friday, January 7th, 1977
14: Here Today, Gone Today
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.
Friday, January 14th, 1977
15: Fred Meets Redd
Fred enters a Redd Foxx look-alike contest.
Friday, January 21st, 1977
16: The Defiant One
Grady's attempt at magic results in Fred and Esther being handcuffed together.
Friday, January 28th, 1977
17: A Matter of Silence
Fred uses his temporary hearing troubles to attract Donna's attention.
Friday, February 4th, 1977
19: When John Comes Marching Home
The surprise appearance of Janet's ex-husband threatens to spoil Lamont's plans to marry her.
Friday, February 11th, 1977
18: The Reverend Sanford
To avoid paying taxes, Fred becomes a clergyman in a disreputable church that could cost him dearly.
Friday, February 18th, 1977
20: The Will
Fred draws up his will and holds a reading of it in the living room.
Friday, February 25th, 1977
21: Fred the Activist
Angered by a local store's discriminatory credit policy, Fred organizes a group of fellow senior citizens.
Friday, March 4th, 1977
22: The Lucky Streak
In order to keep The Sanford Arms, Fred turns to gambling to raise funds.
Friday, March 11th, 1977
23: Funny, You Don't Look It
After Fred receives his family crest, he becomes convinced he is a descendant of Jewish African royalty.
Friday, March 18th, 1977
24: Fred Sings the Blues
The Sanfords meet blues legend B.B. King, who has something significant in common with Fred.
Friday, March 25th, 1977
25: School Daze
Fred and Bubba take evening classes to earn their high-school equivalency diploma.