"I could stick your face in dough & make gorilla cookies."
B-MAN | Earth, occasionally. Until I get bored. | 01/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, more Sanford & Son has arrived! With more Aunt Esther, Julio, Chico the goat, Bubba, Rollo & lots & lots of Grady! This 3 DVD set contains all 24 episodes of the hilarious 3rd season. The 3rd season, which ran from September 1973 - March 1974, is interesting because Redd Foxx (due to contract disputes with producers) does not appear in the last 6 episodes of the set. Foxx's absence from the episodes was written as Fred visits family in St. Louis and Grady instead stars in each episode alongside Lamont. Don't worry, there's still 18 episodes here featuring Fred and the last 6 episodes are hilarious in their own right. Another interesting aspect is there is no episode 19 (again because of contract disputes). The episode was scripted, but wasn't filmed so the episodes run like 17, 18, 20...Season 3 features some of the shows most hilarious moments. Each disc features a color photo & the only extra feature is a preview of other TV comedies on DVD. Here are the episode titles in the order they appear on the DVD set:
1. Lamont, is that you?
2. Lamont as Othello
3. This little TV went to market
4. Presenting the 3 Degrees
5. Libra rising all over Lamont
6. Fred, the reluctant finger man
7. Fuentes, Fuentes, Sanford, & Chico
8. A house is not a poolroom
9. The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection
11. The members of the wedding
12. Grady, The Star Boarder
13. Mama's baby, Papa's Maybe
14. Wine, women, & Aunt Esther
15. Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle
16. This land is whose land?
17. Fred's cheating heart
18. The party crasher (last Redd Foxx appearance in Season 3)
20. Lamont Goes Karate
21. Will the real Fred Sanford please do something?
22. Tyrannt, thy name is Grady
23. Aunt Esther & Uncle Woodrow Pfft...
24. The way to Lamont's heart
25. Hello cousin Emma, Goodbye cousin EmmaI can't recommend this set enough because it just keeps getting better. Redd Foxx was brilliant and the fact that he continued to be hilarious even during the behind the scenes feuds with producers is a testament to him. I'm already anticipating Season 4! Bring it on!Trivia:
* The Grady character, played by Whitman Mayo, became popular enough to spawn a series spin off ("Grady") which also co-starred Haywood Nelson from What's Happening. The show only lasted 12 episodes between '75-'76. Season 4 of Sanford & Son contains the episode that served as the pilot for this series.* Redd Foxx's contract disputes, which led to his absence in 6 episodes of Season 3, carried on into Season 4 making him absent from 4 of the season's 25 episodes (including the pilot episode for "Grady").* Season 4 contains the final appearance of Julio (Gregory Sierra, who went on to Barney Miller) and the introduction of character Ah Chew (Pat Morita)"
Third season S&S at it's peak,but only 9/10 brilliant
DEAN M. Dent | SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA USA | 10/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sanford & Son's third season not only debuted Grady Wilson(Whitman Mayo) but boasted many classic episodes including The Chameleon(Blind Mellow Jelly),Lamont, Is That You?(The Gay Blade),Introducing The Three Degrees,This Little TV Went to Market(Guy's Groovy Grabbag),Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle,and many others.
Unfortunately towards the end of the season Redd Foxx was absent due to contract disputes.It was explained that Fred was in St. Louis,and Grady was watching the business for Fred.Although some episodes were funny,Redd Foxx was definately missed.
By the following season,Foxx returned with a raise,but the show started to slip in quality.But even mediocre S&S was better than most shows on the air during the era."
I Want My Daddy's Records!
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By far, this is the best S&S collection because in my opinion, it has the best episodes.Two in particular deserve honorable mention in the annals of comedy history. One involves the efforts of Redd Foxx and Bubba Bexley to retrieve a rare record by Bluesman Blind Mello Jelly (a spoof of real-life blueman Blind Lemon Jefferson) by Bubba posing as Blind Mello Jr. repeatedly yelling to the record collector "I Want My Daddy's Records." Trust me, it's funnier on DVD than in print.Then there is the classic "Three Degrees" episode where Redd and Skillet and Leroy (a sort of low-rent Amos and Andy type comedy team) bumrush a nightclub where the real life soul trio the Three Degrees are performing. They act so wild and ignorant by insulting the other performers and shouting "We Want The Three Degrees" repeatedly until they are deservedly (and hilariously) thrown out.A real howl. I was not even a big fan of S&S, but this season had some truly great episodes that will do your funny bone justice. Get it!"
Sanford and Son at its peak
John Alapick | Wilkes-Barre, PA United States | 05/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sanford and Son: The Third Season saw the popular `70s sitcom running on all cylinders. The writing was its peak and the episodes were consistently funny the entire season. This was also the first season where the cast was becoming an ensemble as Bubba (Don Bexley), Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page) and especially Grady (Whitman Mayo) all played important roles. In fact, when Redd Foxx would sit out the last several episodes of the season to a contact dispute, it was Mayo, whose Grady character had become wildly popular, who would play the lead role opposite Lamont (Demond Wilson) in those episodes. Lamont's friends Rollo (Nathaniel Taylor) and Julio (Gregory Sierra) would also receive more exposure. Fred Sanford was hysterical as usual and even if his off-color and insensitive remarks would never appear in today's more politically correct society, they were still pretty funny. All of the episodes were very strong. Disc 1 is the least impressive of the collection but is still very good with the best episodes being "This Little TV Went to Market", "Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman", and "A House Is Not a Pool Room." Disc 2 is flawless as the "Blind Mellow Jelly Collection" (best Bubba episode), "Grady, the Star Boarder", "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe", and "Wine, Women, and Aunt Esther", were among the best episodes of the series. The aforementioned "A House Is Not a Pool Room" and "Wine, Women, and Aunt Esther" all feature great camaraderie between Fred and his friends Grady, Bubba, Skillet, and Leroy. Despite Redd Foxx's holdout in most of the Disc 3 episodes, they're all very good with the best being "The Party Crasher", "Lamont Goes Karate" (awesome Grady episode) and "Tyranny, Thy Name is Grady." In watching these episodes, you see Grady's character evolve from a nincompoop who would forget Lamont's name to an angrier but still easily fooled dude at the end. Also worth noting is that the episodes are featured in their entirety, not in the TV Land versions that are a few minutes shorter, and have a lot more racier comments with "Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle" being the best example. All told, Sanford and Season's Third Season is the popular sitcom at its peak and puts all of today's sitcoms to shame. Highly recommended."