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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
When the show started to go downhill 16 Jan. 2005
By John Alapick - Published on Amazon.com
Sanford and Son's 5th season shows one of the best sitcoms ever created running out of steam. While Redd Foxx was funny as ever, especially when he was insulting Aunt Esther, the writing really went downhill. Fred Sanford seemed to becoming the Ralph Kramden of the '70s, entering one big money making scheme after another (selling Whopper Choppers, having a circus in his junkyard, opening a Japanese restaurant in his house, etc). Grady, played by Whitman Mayo, made far less appearances due to his ill-fated spinoff of the same name. There were still several funny episodes in Season 5 with the best being "The Over The Hill Gag" and "Bank On This" from Disc 1 and "Sanford And Son Rising", "The Olympics", "The Oddfather", and "Can You Chop This" from Disc 2. As stated earlier, the writing was getting stale. In "Brother, Can You Spare An Act?", Fred and Lamont show their singing and tap dancing skills respectively. Which makes you ask the question, "Why are they working in a junkyard?" The "Steinberg And Son" episode, where Fred and Lamont attempt to sue over a show that copies their lives, was very unrealistic. Lamont's character was getting softer as he engaged to be married to his fiance Janet. Special guests such as Della Reese and George Foreman were making appearances and there were a few flashback episodes, clear signs that the writers were running out of ideas. If you're a big fan of the show, you'll still enjoy most of the episodes here as even the weaker ones have their moments. It just isn't consistently humorous like nearly every episode from Seasons 1-3 and most of Season 4.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
"Wolf woman don't come out until there's a full moon." 31 Oct. 2004
By B-MAN - Published on Amazon.com
Add another 25 episodes of the classic Sanford & Son to your collection with the Complete Season 5! If you own the 5 seasons of Sanford & Son available right now, then you have 111 of the 136 episodes of this essential show(leaving the 25 episodes that will wrap up the series in Season 6). There are some opinions that say Season 5 was when the show started to run out of steam. The reality is this season offers tons of laughs because of the talent of it's stars, especially Redd Foxx, who despite being unhappy with the show, continued to turn out hilarious performances as always as Fred G. Sanford (that's S-A-N-F-O-R-D period). The same can be said for Demond Wilson and the supporting cast. Season 5 saw the appearances of new characters like Lamont's fiancee Janet, Officer Hoppy's Mom, and Hutch, one of the residents of the new "Sanford Arms" boarding house. This season is also notable for several guest appearances such as Robert Guillaume (Benson), John Larroquette (Night Court), Della Reese, Merv Griffin, and George Foreman. Discs 1 & 2 each have 9 episodes and Disc 3 has 7. Here are the episode titles for Season 5 (Sept 75-Mar 76):

01. Earthquake II

02. Divorce, Sanford Style

03. Bank on this

04. The Sanford Arms

05. Steinberg & Son

06. Brother, can you spare an act?

07. Della, Della, Della

08. Donna pops the question

09. My fair Esther

10. Sanford and Rising Son

11. The Olympics

12. Ebenezer Sanford

13. The Oddfather

14. Can you Chop this?

15. Greatest Show in Watts

16. Fred Sanford has a baby

17. The TV Addict

18. Lamont in Love

19. The Escorts

20. Engagement man always rings twice

21. The Director

22. A Pain in the Neck

23. Sergeant Gork

24. The Over the Hill Gag

25. Camping Trip

Trivia:

*The episode where Lamont thinks Fred has 6 months to live, "The Over the Hill Gag", was actually produced and aired during the 4th season (Mar 75). For some reason it was not included on the 4th season set.

*The episode "The Sanford Arms" spawned a very short lived spin off series with the same name. The show mostly featured Aunt Esther and Bubba, but with no Fred and Lamont, it didn't make it. There were only 8 episodes, 4 of which actually aired. It ranks last in success among the 3 Sanford & Son spinoffs ("Grady" being second with 12 episodes)

*The most successful spin off from Sanford & Son, not surprisingly, featured Redd Foxx reclaiming his classic role. The sitcom, appropriately titled "Sanford" featured Fred alongside new sidekick Cal. There were also appearances by S&S regulars Esther, Grady, & Rollo. It lasted for two seasons (Mar 1980 to July 1981). Hopefully it will see a DVD release for all of us wanting more Redd Foxx after Sanford & Son is complete.

Excerpt from "My Fair Esther":

Lamont: She's gonna be competing with her own peers.

Fred: Her peers?

Lamont: Yes.

Fred: You mean Godzilla is in the contest?

I'm so glad this is on DVD!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One foot in the grave, the other on a Banana peel 9 July 2004
By DEAN M. Dent - Published on Amazon.com
By the time the fifth season of Sanford and Son came around,it was obvious that the show was on it's last leg.
Despites some funny episodes (Earthquake II,Steinberg and Son,My Fair Esther, Sanford and Rising Son, The TV Addict and The Director featuring George Foreman) we get a ton of stinkers (Sergeant Gork, The Oddfather, Can You Chop This?, Greatest Show in Watts and A Pain in the Neck).
Aside from the supporting cast becoming more prominant, the season also introduces Janet,Lamont's new fiancee,, Hutch and May Hopkins (Hoppy's Mother) , two resident of the new Sanford Arms.
Even with the new recurring charaters,it's obvious Sanford and Son was getting tired, and the fact that the two leads quitting the show after the next and final season makes this obvious.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Still a good sitcom, but the writing isn't what it once was 24 Jun. 2013
By David Hugaert - Published on Amazon.com
By Season Five, things had begun to go downhill regarding this once great sitcom, although the scripts weren't all that bad. What's missing this season, is next-door neighbor Julio Fuentes. Without anyone of great value to fight with, Fred G. Sanford is left to insult son Lamont & sister-in-law Esther. Enter Fred's brother-in-law Rodney, who's no match for Julio in the cultural exchange department. The ethnic barbs that took place the previous three seasons between Fred & Julio are what helped propel "Sanford & Son" to the top of the ratings heap. Now on to some of the episodes. Fred takes a vacation to Las Vegas in the season opener "Earthquake II". Merv Griffin, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme guest-star. With Julio Fuentes officially gone from the cast, Fred & Lamont acquire an interest in buying Julio's property & convert it into a boarding house in the episode titled "Bank On This", where Fred & Lamont have difficulty in securing a loan from their bank. In part two of this episode titled "The Sanford Arms", Fred & Lamont have trouble acquiring new tenants, so the bank threatens to foreclose on the property. Fred & Lamont threaten to sue the producers of a new sitcom based on their lives, titled "Steinberg & Son", in that the characters physically resemble the Sanfords & friends! Donna gives Fred one final chance at marriage in "Donna Pops The Question", & Fred trains in the Senior Olympics when he sees that a patient of Donna's is fit & trim. Fred plans a get-rich-quick scheme with Lamont's acting school tuition money by selling a certain appliance in "Can You Chop This", & Fred & Ah Chew open a Japanese restaurant on the Sanford property in "Sanford and Rising Son". "Greatest Show In Watts" finds Fred investing in a baby elephant & holds a circus in the junkyard. Lamont has a love interest named Janet this season, & has difficulty in popping the question in "The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice". Fred experiences difficult timing when he injures his back when he receives the Watts Businessman of the Year award in "A Pain in the Neck", & George Foreman guest-stars when he appears in a cameo at Lamont's acting workshop in "The Director". Season Five ends with "The Camping Trip", which finds Fred is no friend of nature. Making appearances this season is Nancy Kulp ("The Beverly Hillbillies"), who portrays Officer Hopkins' mother. It is the guest-stars who prevent Season Five from being a subpar season, & what makes "Sanford & Son - The Fifth Season" a must-buy, must-own title to have in your DVD library, especially if you're a die-hard fan of "S & S". So, get it ASAP!

R.I.P., Redd Foxx, Whitman Mayo, Don Bexley & Nancy Kulp.
The Empire begins to crumble.... 19 Feb. 2014
By Paul Carruthers - Published on Amazon.com
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The great Sanford Empire that was built up over the first 3 seasons & held up pretty well during its fourth year, begins to show cracks in its 5th season. I'm not sure what exactly to point the finger at either. The writing for the show might be one point of contention--as some of the situations Fred finds himself in seem to become more outlandish than ever--i.e. the episode about Fred turning the junkyard into a circus.

And Fred definitely shows a penchant for money making schemes in year 5 of the show--whether it's "Whopper Choppers", opening up a japanese restaurant, the circus, opening up his own escort service.

Plus Fred's insults to Aunt Esther don't seem to be as clever as in year's past when Fred was threatening to put Esther's face in dough & making gorilla cookies. Although, there was one great line where Fred says Esther's face was wanted on 3 continents for indecent exposure.

But definitely more than in the previous 4 years, there are just too many episodes that are just forgettable entries in the Sanford canon. The Earthquake episode is one that jumps to mind as well as "Steinberg and Son" where it feels like the writers of that particular show were too busy trying to have the actors wink at the camera with all the inside jokes.

Having said all that, there are still some good episodes within year 5 & Redd Foxx is not totally incapable of eliciting laughter--just don't go in expecting anything close to the tearjerkers you would have gotten from the first 4 years of the show.

And I don't know if there was any behind the scenes stories to it, but Lamont is missing from 2 episodes as well.

Overall, I wish there was a half star option on the Amazon ratings because I feel 3 1/2 would be just about right for this DVD collection. Even weaker Sanford & Son is still better than most comedy you can find on television today.
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