Lost TV: Sanford & Son
It's never a good sign when the best thing about a television sitcom was its theme song.
Be that as it may, Sanford & Son ran for 136 episodes and inspired a spin-off or three. It also has the distinction of being one those ballsy shows that said "screw it" and continued production when it's main star wouldn't ink his renewal contract, explaining that the character of Fred Sanford was "visiting relatives" in the third season. The show must go on, indeed.
- Below is a TV Guide synopsis of an unaired "very special episode" that until now has been locked away in an underground salt mine storage facility in Hutchinson, KS.
September 14, 1973
Sanford & Son (NBC): Fred "cries wolf" one too many times about the "big one" resulting in a stroke that goes unnoticed by Aunt Esther for three days. Meanwhile, Grady and Bubba are caught stealing from the junkyard cash box, resulting in a beating and special lesson is trust by Lamont and Rollo. Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Whitman Mayo. 30 min.
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