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Sanford and Son

IMDB Logo7.9/10
Comedy Rated: 7+ (TV-PG)1972 - 19776 SeasonsSeries EndedOn: Hulu Starz 

Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977.Known for its edgy racial humor, running gags and catch phrases, the series was adapted by Norman Lear and considered NBC's answer to Archie Bunker. Sanford and Son has long been hailed as the precursor to many other African American sitcoms. It was a ratings hit throughout its six season run.While the role of Fred G. Sanford was known for his bigotry and being cantankerous, the role of Lamont Sanford was usually a peacemaker and more conscientious. At times, both would involve themselves in schemes. Other colorful/unconventional characters were Aunt Esther, Grady Wilson, Bubba Bexley and Rollo Lawson.In 2007, Time magazine included the show on their list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time".Sanford and Son featuring Demond Wilson and Redd Foxx has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Hulu, and streaming on Starz. It's a comedy show with 138 episodes over 6 seasons. Sanford and Son is no longer running and has no plans to air new episodes or seasons. It has a high IMDb audience rating of 7.9 (6,515 votes).

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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Crossed Swords

S01 E01

Jan 15, 1972
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Crossed Swords Jan 15, 1972 Lamont buys a porcelain figure for $15 from a silent movie star and after having it appraised, Lamont and Fred decide to take it to an auction to make even more money on it. Fred and Lamont attend the auction pretending to be buyers so that the price can be jacked up higher. However, things go awry to Lamont's dismay.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Happy Birthday, Pop

S01 E02

Jan 22, 1972
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Happy Birthday, Pop Jan 22, 1972 Lamont buys Fred a new hat for his birthday and then tries to take him out on the town to celebrate. However, a visit to a fancy bar, a movie theater to see Fiddler on the Roof and dinner at a Chinese restaurant are far from a celebration for Fred.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride

S01 E03

Jan 29, 1972
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Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride Jan 29, 1972 Engaged, Lamont is excited about his impending nuptials but on the wedding day he quickly finds himself the only one who is. The bride dumps him at the altar and he finds his relatives begging to get back their wedding gifts.

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Season 01, Episode 04 The Copper Caper

S01 E04

Feb 5, 1972
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The Copper Caper Feb 5, 1972 Fred and Lamont buy a load of copper from a man that has been stealing copper in the neighborhood. The man is late for a meeting with Lamont at the diner because he is ripping off the Sanford plumbing pipes, which he then sells to Fred and Lamont.

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Season 01, Episode 05 A Matter of Life and Breath

S01 E05

Feb 12, 1972
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A Matter of Life and Breath Feb 12, 1972 Lamont comes down hard on Fred to try to get him to quit smoking and has him go to the doctor for a chest x-ray. Later, the results are sent in the mail and Fred becomes convinced he has tuberculosis.

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Season 01, Episode 06 We Were Robbed

S01 E06

Feb 19, 1972
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We Were Robbed Feb 19, 1972 While cleaning the house, Fred knocks over Lamont's glass figurine collection. Trying to cover up the fact that he broke them, Fred makes up a story about how the house was robbed and how he fought them off. In the process, he is labeled as a hero and Fred takes advantage of it.

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Season 01, Episode 07 A Pad for Lamont

S01 E07

Feb 26, 1972
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A Pad for Lamont Feb 26, 1972 Lamont tries to have a quiet evening with his latest girlfriend, Darlene, but has little privacy thanks to an annoying Fred who keeps interrupting them. Fed up, Lamont decides to move into his own apartment, which at first worries Fred but then discovers he himself has privacy.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 By the Numbers

S02 E01

Sep 16, 1972
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By the Numbers Sep 16, 1972 Fred is sure that his dreams will be good luck in picking numbers for a lottery and his hunch turns out to be true, despite the fact that Lamont forbids him to participate. Fred quickly finds himself $500 richer but also finds Aunt Ethel and Bubba needing quick cash.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Whiplash

S02 E02

Sep 23, 1972
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Whiplash Sep 23, 1972 After getting in an accident with the truck, Fred thinks that he might have whiplash and Fred's friend Bubba convinces him that he can make big money off of the situation. Lamont is against the whole idea but Fred insists on going through with a lawsuit, but first Fred must identify the person the hit him.

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Season 02, Episode 03 The Dowry

S02 E03

Sep 30, 1972
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The Dowry Sep 30, 1972 Fred's cousin arrives with his new wife and his not-so-attractive stepdaughter, Betty Jean. When Fred finds out that she will inherit $10,000 if she marries, he tries to fix it so that Lamont will marry her. However, Fred's plan backfires when Lamont catches on to his scheme.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Jealousy

S02 E04

Oct 7, 1972
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Jealousy Oct 7, 1972 Donna, Fred's fiancee, brings a patient, Osgood Wilcox over for dinner at the Sanford residence and it becomes apparent that Osgood is interested in more than just medical care from Donna. Meanwhile, Lamont encourages Fred to believe there is something going on between Osgood and Donna resulting in a confrontation.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Tooth or Consequences

S02 E05

Oct 14, 1972
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Tooth or Consequences Oct 14, 1972 Fred's toothache becomes an exercise in patience for Lamont when Fred refuses to see a dentist and instead tries Bubba's home remedy and a hypnotist. Finally, Fred decides to throw in the towel and visits a dentist but insists on a white dentist.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Card Sharps

S02 E06

Oct 28, 1972
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Card Sharps Oct 28, 1972 Fred gets a surprise one night when Lamont announces that he's having some friends over to play poker. However, Fred doesn't take Lamont's advice at "getting lost" since he's convinced Lamont's so-called friends are trying to hustle him out of his money.

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Season 02, Episode 07 Have Gun, Will Sell

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Nov 4, 1972
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Have Gun, Will Sell Nov 4, 1972 One evening, Lamont and his friend Rollo go out. When they return they interrupt a robber trying to flee from the scene. Later they discover the crook dropped his gun and in an attempt to get some quick cash, decide to pawn it. However, once at the pawn shop, the broker mistakes Fred wanting money for the gun for a stickup.

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Season 3

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Season 03, Episode 01 Lamont as Othello

S03 E01

Sep 15, 1973
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Lamont as Othello Sep 15, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 02 Libra Rising All Over Lamont

S03 E02

Sep 22, 1973
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Libra Rising All Over Lamont Sep 22, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman

S03 E03

Sep 29, 1973
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Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman Sep 29, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Presenting the Three Degrees

S03 E04

Oct 6, 1973
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Presenting the Three Degrees Oct 6, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 05 This Little TV Went to Market

S03 E05

Oct 13, 1973
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This Little TV Went to Market Oct 13, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 06 Lamont is That You?

S03 E06

Oct 20, 1973
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Lamont is That You? Oct 20, 1973 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.

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Season 03, Episode 07 Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico

S03 E07

Oct 27, 1973
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Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford & Chico Oct 27, 1973 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.

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Season 4

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Season 04, Episode 01 The Surprise Party

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Sep 14, 1974
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The Surprise Party Sep 14, 1974 Fred returns from his extended trip to St. Louis and Lamont, Donna, Aunt Esther, Bubba, Rollo and Grady have planned a surprise party for his return. Fred no more than steps in the door and Aunt Esther and him are at each other's throats. However, the real problem comes when Fred does some eavesdropping on Lamont and Grady.

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Season 04, Episode 02 Matchmaker, Matchmaker

S04 E02

Sep 21, 1974
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker Sep 21, 1974 Lamont's Uncle George dies and in his will he gives Lamont $7,000 if he weds and has a child and names it after his uncle and he has a year to do all this. Lamont has decided not to get married any time soon but blinded by dollar signs, Fred sneaks down to a dating service to match Lamont up with an available woman. Lamont catches on to Fred's plan and makes up a plan of his own to intervene.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Ol' Brown Eyes

S04 E03

Sep 28, 1974
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Ol' Brown Eyes Sep 28, 1974 It's the 35th anniversary of Sanford & Son Salvage and Lamont has two gifts planned to give Fred. The first is a new window with the specially printed title of their business and the other is an expensive ring that everyone has chipped in to buy. However, when Fred runs across it, he becomes convinced that it was stolen from Frank Sinatra, after Frank's hotel room was ransacked by the Tip-Toe Bandit.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Grady and His Lady

S04 E04

Oct 5, 1974
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Grady and His Lady Oct 5, 1974 Grady is bursting with news and breaks it to Fred and Lamont that he's engaged to a woman he met at J.C. Penny. However, Fred and Lamont are shocked to discover the "raging beauty" Grady raved about is not exactly a beauty queen. Fred soon finds Grady spending all his time with her and sets a plan into motion to break them up.

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Season 04, Episode 05 There'll Be Some Changes Made

S04 E05

Oct 12, 1974
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There'll Be Some Changes Made Oct 12, 1974 Fred's friends Julio and Ah Chew are getting on Fred's nerves and Lamont takes on the challenge of trying to change Fred's bigotry towards minorities. When Lamont fails, he decides to move out and in with Julio, something that unnerves Fred who doesn't seem to get use to the arrangement.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Going Out of Business

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Oct 19, 1974
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Going Out of Business Oct 19, 1974 The tax season has come and after an accountant goes through the books he finds that Fred and Lamont will end up owing the government. The accountant explains the situation and Lamont decides to go out and gets a job at a clothing store, so more money is coming into the household. Fred fears this may be the end of Sanford & Son Salvage.

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Season 04, Episode 07 Home Sweet Home

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Oct 26, 1974
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Home Sweet Home Oct 26, 1974 A Japanese land development company wants to buy out the neighborhood with plans to build a brewery in the area. Fred, holding out gets bitten by greed. Fred's greed is disguised as a "heartwarming" sentimentality and he's using it to squeeze as much money as he can get out of the developer.

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Season 5

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Season 05, Episode 01 Earthquake II

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Sep 13, 1975
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Earthquake II Sep 13, 1975 Fred wakes up one morning to discover what looks like a robbery took place but learns that there was a small earthquake overnight. Grady breaks the news that a big one is scheduled to hit on the 6th and a fed up Fred decides to sell the house and move. Meanwhile, Fred heads to Las Vegas to avoid the earthquake on the 6th and has a run in with Merv Griffin and Steve and Eydie.

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Season 05, Episode 02 Divorce, Sanford Style (a.k.a.) Divorcee, Sanford Style

S05 E02

Sep 20, 1975
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Divorce, Sanford Style (a.k.a.) Divorcee, Sanford Style Sep 20, 1975 Aunt Esther is fed up with her husband, Woodrow and has decided to end her marriage. She has become convinced that he's seeing other women behind her back and becomes even more convinced when Fred tries to hook him up with a swinger. Refusing to live in the same house with Woody, Esther moves in with Fred and Lamont.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Bank on This

S05 E03

Sep 27, 1975
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Bank on This Sep 27, 1975 Julio has moved out of his house and Fred and Lamont decide to buy it and turn it into a boarding house and call it The Sanford Arms. To get enough money for the project, Fred and Lamont go down to the bank to apply for a loan but soon find themselves hostages in a bank robbery attempt.

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Season 05, Episode 04 The Sanford Arms

S05 E04

Oct 4, 1975
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The Sanford Arms Oct 4, 1975 Julio's house has been transformed into Fred and Lamont's boarding house called The Sanford Arms. Now they've come to the task of finding some boarders and soon find themselves bombarded with an endless supply of crazies, including a hooker, an ex-con, a hippie, a newlywed couple, and Hoppy's eccentric mother.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Steinberg and Son

S05 E05

Oct 11, 1975
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Steinberg and Son Oct 11, 1975 Fred and Lamont are appalled when they see a sitcom, Steinberg and Son which amazing seems to be modeled on the life of Fred and Lamont. Fred and Lamont decide to check it out themselves and go to a taping of an episode and are shocked to see the similarites. In fact, the only thing different from the sitcom and Fred and Lamont's lives are the names of the characters and the fact that the cast is white. Lamont and Fred hire a lawyer and prepare a million dollar lawsuit againt the producers.

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Season 05, Episode 06 Brother, Can You Spare an Act?

S05 E06

Oct 18, 1975
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Brother, Can You Spare an Act? Oct 18, 1975 Fred's sister, Frances and her white husband, Rodney have been having some hard times and they stop by to ask Fred if they could stay with him for awhile. Meanwhile, problems at the Sanford Arms has Fred considering giving Rodney a job as general manager. But Rodney may not accept it since he's scheduled to perform in an act at a nightclub.

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Season 05, Episode 07 Della, Della, Della

S05 E07

Nov 1, 1975
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Della, Della, Della Nov 1, 1975 The Sanford home has become a campaign headquarters for the candidate Bob Williams and Fred wants nothing to do with it. However, once Fred discovers, Della Reese is working on the campaign of Williams' opponent, he goes all out for it even thought he's not for the candidate.

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Season 6

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Season 06, Episode 01 Hawaiian Connection (Part 1)

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Sep 24, 1976
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Hawaiian Connection (Part 1) Sep 24, 1976 Part 1 of three. Fred and Lamont accept an expense-paid trip to Hawaii and unwittingly become involved in a jewel-theft scheme.

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Season 06, Episode 01 The Hawaiian Connection (1)

S06 E01

Sep 25, 1976
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The Hawaiian Connection (1) Sep 25, 1976 Three jewel thieves try and find a way to smuggle some expensive diamonds from Hawaii to L.A. That is where Fred and Lamont come in. Fred goes to Hawaii to attend a Junkmen of America convention. The crooks then plan to sneak the jewels on Fred so that he can take them to L.A. without knowing anything about it.

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Season 06, Episode 02 The Hawaiian Connection (2)

S06 E02

Sep 25, 1976
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The Hawaiian Connection (2) Sep 25, 1976 The diamond thieves continue their plot to have Fred smuggle the stolen diamonds into the United States. Freddy Wells sneaks into Fred's hotel room and plants the diamonds in his suitcase. Later, Lamont and Fred discover the diamonds and hesitate to call the police.

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Season 06, Episode 03 The Hawaiian Connection (3)

S06 E03

Oct 2, 1976
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The Hawaiian Connection (3) Oct 2, 1976 During a mishap at the airport Fred accidentally misplaces the suitcase with the diamonds and the crooks start chasing Lamont and him all over Hawaii, trying to get them back. Meanwhile, the cops close on in, but not before guns are drawn on Fred and Lamont as the crooks trap them on a boat.

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Season 06, Episode 04 California Crude

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Oct 9, 1976
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California Crude Oct 9, 1976 Fred and Lamont have been busy planting a small garden in their yard when suddenly a professor stumbles in and suggests that they may be sitting on some oil. Later, Fred plants his scarecrow in the garden and actually strikes some oil. This leads to Fred and Lamont to ponder the fact that they may soon be millionaires.

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Season 06, Episode 05 The Stakeout

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Oct 16, 1976
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The Stakeout Oct 16, 1976 Fred becomes smitten with a woman, Miss Wallace who comes to the Sanford residence looking for a place to stay at the Sanford Arms. Meanwhile, a thief has been spotted in the neighborhood and to get the reward money, Fred lets the cops set up a stakeout in his home. However, Fred is in for a shock since the thief has been in disguise as Miss Wallace.

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Season 06, Episode 06 I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz

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Oct 23, 1976
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I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz Oct 23, 1976 Lamont's mother-in-law to be is coming to Watts for a visit and Fred is a little concerned about what she's going to think of a common junk man. This leads Fred to decide to create a legacy and tries to set a world's record and get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. His goal is to be the person to stay awake the longest.

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