Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Sanford and Gong 

Fred, Lamont, Donna and Bubba attend a taping of "The Gong Show" and are inspired to audition as contestants, bringing their musical act onto the show.


Bill Foster


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Chuck Barris ... Chuck Barris
Lynn Hamilton ... Donna Harris
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
Allan Drake ... Rodney Victor
Jack DeLeon ... Sven Erickson
Roy Stuart ... Barton Farley
Margee McGlory Margee McGlory ... Vocalist
Don Davis Don Davis ... Marvin
Paul Zegler Paul Zegler ... Charlie
Tracee Lyles Tracee Lyles ... Panelist
Al Hansen ... Panelist
Bob Goldstein Bob Goldstein ... Panelist
Jackie Toles Jackie Toles ... Receptionist


Fred, Lamont, Donna and Bubba attend a taping of "The Gong Show" and are inspired to audition as contestants, bringing their musical act onto the show.

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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred likens the British singer's rendition of "I Didn't Care" to Moshe Dayan singing "When the Saints Go Marchin' In." Dayan (1915-81) was an iconic Israeli military commander and government leader, immediately recognizable by the black eyepatch he wore over his left eye. See more »


When Bubba, Lamont, and Fred are supposed to be on the set of The Gong Show watching Rodney perform under an assumed name, the set for the Sanford living room is clearly visible behind them. See more »


Lamont Sanford: Sit down, Pop, because I have a surprise for you.
Fred G. Sanford: Don't tell me your Aunt Esther had her face paved?
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Features The Gong Show (1976) See more »


Exactly Like You
Written by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Nobody ever watched Fred Sanford for subtle humor
21 June 2016 | by calcaylorSee all my reviews

At least no one should. I sure don't. And I am never disappointed.

This is a better than average episode in which Fred, Lamont and Bubba attend a taping of the Gong show. Not surprisingly, their attendance is anything but normal and Fred creates mayhem just finding their seats, violating most rules of decorum to successful comedic effect. And,as the Law of Sitcoms states, their visit inspires them to put together an act and get it on to the show.

After attending, Fred figures he could use the $516.32 prize money, reportedly the Screen Actors Guild's minimum pay for a day's work at the time. Unsure of their chances, Fred wonders if his brother-in-law Rodney's help as a stand up comedian will make the act strong enough. While Rodney readily agrees, he has his own agenda.

On the Gong show sound stage, Fred once again acts up and rounds out the episode with laughs including confiscating the padded sticks so the judges can't ring the gong. Don Bexley (Bubba) shows off his soft-shoe skills.

Chuck Barris DOES make an appearance is in the episode albeit just a straight part and about 4-5 lines. The judges have virtually no lines which is probably why they didn't have more recognizable names doing the judging.

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