Favorite Scenes and Quotes – A to Z 2015 – B – Behind

Sanford and Son was one of the first prime time television shows to feature mainly an African American cast. Led by Redd Foxx, a well known comedian the show held a prominent spot on the CBS Friday night schedule in the mid-1970s, just before a show about a old curmudgeon adjusting to life with a young, hip Mexican, called Chico and the Man.

Diversity was the word with these two shows and the humor was on a different plane since it was African Americans joking about their own. There is no doubt Mr. Foxx made no apologies with his humor in the clubs and theaters he played and some of that came through in the show.

In the clip I share he and his son are talking about the size of a step daughter to a cousin of Fred’s. She talks about how much weight she has lost and in true Fred Sanford form he makes all manner of fun about it.

Ultimately Fred and his son Lamont go into the kitchen where they talk about her losing 40 pounds and if she looks behind her she will find it. Not necessarily something that would fly in this day of political correctness, but back in the mid-1970s it probably garnered considerable laughs.

Disclaimer : I do not claim ownership of the Fred Sanford program, but only want to share a portion for the purpose of highlighting what I remember as a humorous scene.


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7 Responses to Favorite Scenes and Quotes – A to Z 2015 – B – Behind

  1. Alex Hurst says:

    I’ve never watched this show… I watched Family Matters, but I can definitely see how it would get some laughs. I sort of miss shows like this (while knowing they still exist on cable with more modern themes).

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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  2. Sabina says:

    I like how you mention that humor has shifted over the years–things that used to be okay to laugh at sometimes aren’t anymore. Good point!


  3. My TV knowledge is scant, but I love movies. So nice to visit you for the Challenge. Drop by at http://shrinkrapped.com/


  4. Love this! Following you now. Good luck with the Challenge!


  5. Hi,
    This is your neighbour from 51 on the sign up list. Sometimes too much political correctness can lead to scary and wrong outcomes. I take your point about the difference between 70’s and now.

    All the best for a great A-Z,


  6. jodaley says:

    I agree, television humor has certainly changed, and in many ways I feel like we’ve all lost our collective sense of humor. Way too much p.c. overanalyzing of everything under the sun in 2015. I’m all for serious discussions, but we need to just laugh sometimes too. I remember Sanford and Son..good luck with the challenge!


  7. Loved this show… when I last watched I don’t think I was old enough to understand the humor…. Welcome in the “C”… as a host I am stopping by to say thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There’s no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood… is Nuts?


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