Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle 

When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system.


Bob LaHendro


Gene Farmer (teleplay by), Paul Mooney (story by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Whitman Mayo ... Grady Wilson
Antonio Fargas ... Sonny Cochran
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ... Judge Mel Davis
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Sosimo Hernandez Sosimo Hernandez ... Juan Diego Lopez
Billy Allyn Billy Allyn ... Billy
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Otis Littlejohn (as Stymie Beard)
Ed Perry Ed Perry ... Bailiff
James Driskill James Driskill ... Cop (as Jim Driskill)


When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system.

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Release Date:

11 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Like a few episodes before it, recent reruns of this show censor usage of the "n" word. See more »


Judge: You say, you're the counsel for the defendant?
[indicating Lamont]
Fred Sanford: I've been counseling him all his life, and I wanna ask this officer here a question.
[indicating the arresting officer]
Judge: Very well. Proceed.
Fred Sanford: Now here's the question.
[walks to the officer]
Fred Sanford: What have you got against black drivers?
Judge: [has to bang his gavel as the gallery erupts] Order! Order! I will not tolerate these outbursts!
[to Fred]
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Alternate Versions

In some syndicated versions, Fred's lines to the officer, "Look at all these niggers in here!" and "You've got enough niggers in here to make a Tarzan movie!" have been cut. See more »


References Ironside (1967) See more »

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Antonio Fargas and Sosimo Hernandez
12 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle" opens with Lamont receiving a traffic ticket from a white officer (Jim Driskill), explaining how he had the right of way at a green light, yet received a citation for failing to yield to another driver who jumped the red light. He'd rather pay the fine rather than fight, but his father has other ideas: "you get a ticket from a white cop in a blue uniform in a black neighborhood and it make you so mad that you see red, and you ain't gonna fight it cause you're too what are you, a man or a box of crayons?" Grady's lawyer friend Sonny Cochran (Antonio Fargas) offers legal advice in exchange for a suit made in his tailor shop. Judge Mel Davis (Arthur Adams, later seen in "Donna Pops the Question") first has to dispense with the case of Chicano Juan Diego Lopez (Sosimo Hernandez, later seen in "Committee Man"), who complains in his native tongue, only to respond to the judge with his trademark catchphrase: "I didn't know that!" Unfortunately for Lamont, Fred's pool hall entourage join them before the judge, with Grady, Bubba, Billy (Billy Allyn, last of three), and Otis Littlejohn (Stymie Beard, second of three) causing disorder in the court. One of the very best episodes, and one in which Redd Foxx uses the 'N' word in uproarious fashion.

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