SANFORD - THE COMPLETE SERIES (NBC 1980-81) RARE!!! STUDIO QUALITY!!! Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, Nathaniel Taylor
Sanford is a sequel to the original 1972–1977 sitcom Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx reprising the role that made him a television icon.
Demond Wilson refused to reprise his role as Fred's son, Lamont. His absence was explained by having Lamont away working on the Alaska pipeline. Fred's new business partner in the junkyard was Cal Pettie (Dennis Burkley), an overweight white Southerner, originally from Texas. Cal had worked with Lamont on the pipeline and Lamont sent him to visit his father. Cal moves into Lamont's old room. Rollo Lawson (Nathaniel Taylor), a recurring character on the previous series, was now working for Fred as a delivery man.
Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page) appeared in the two-part season premiere (along with another episode later in the season). It was explained that her husband Woodrow had died and she was moving in to prevent Fred from being a bad influence on Cliff.
This 2nd season focused more on the relationship between Fred and Cal. Evelyn was now reduced to a recurring character and instead of being Fred's fiancee, she is simply dating him. The characters of Rollo, Winston, Cissy, and Clara were dropped with no explanation. Grady (Whitman Mayo), another recurring character from the original series, appeared in two episodes as a special guest star. Officers Smitty and Hoppy also reappeared several times.
The retooled Sanford fared poorly in the ratings and NBC pulled the series at the end of January. Sanford was the last of the three spin-offs from the original series. The first spin-off Grady and the second Sanford Arms are also available for purchase from Rewatch Classic TV.
NOTE: This is the complete series of all 26 episodes presented in HD Studio Quality on 5 discs. These episodes are not recorded from television and do not have contain any logos or commercials.