Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The TV Addict 

Fred's lifestyle of too much TV and too little exercise has Lamont concerned for his father's health, so Fred undergoes hypnotism to break his addiction to television.

Director:

Mark Warren

Writers:

Jerry Ross, Ray Galton ("Steptoe and Son" created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Graham Jarvis ... Dr. Simmons
Lynn Hamilton ... Donna Harris
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Storyline

Fred's lifestyle of too much TV and too little exercise has Lamont concerned for his father's health, so Fred undergoes hypnotism to break his addiction to television.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Lamont tells Fred "You're a TV addict, Man. You've got a peacock on your back" is an obvious nod to the show having originally aired on NBC. See more »

Goofs

Everything points to Fred and Lamont's TV being fake.

First, neither one are showing even accidentally knocking over the TV, and based on it moving a little before it eventually crashed down off the table, it was clearly pulled over off the set by invisible string. Secondly, a TV of that size in the 1970s would be too heavy to just flip over off the table and land on its top as it did. (It would more likely land on its back, which would likely cause internal damage, but very little external damage.) Thirdly, no TV tube shatters like a pane of glass as this one did. More likely, the tube would've emitted a small explosion if damaged enough as the TV was still plugged in when it fell. See more »

Quotes

Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins: [Stopping by the Sanfords on his dinner break] I know you usually watch The Hollywood Squares about now.
Fred G. Sanford: Yeah, usually.
Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins: Anyway, my idol, the honorable Mr. Jack Webb is making his debut tonight. He'll be sitting on top of Karen Valentine.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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