Parents' Guide to

Sanford and Son

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

70s classic offers laughs -- and stereotypes.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

family friendly

There is some very mild language every once in a while and there are some stereotypical jokes but kids that shouldn't hear them wouldn't understand them. Fred sometimes says he's gonna give somebody "one cross the lips".
age 12+

You are a dummy if you don't like this show :D

It truly is a must see 70's television show. I used to watch this show (plus Welcome Back Kotter, The Jeffersons, and All in the Famliy) when I was 10 with my mother. The prejudice exhibited by Fred I truly didn't understand at the time since I was 10. It wasn't until I was 15 and knew about race relations of the 70's that I finally understood a lot of the shows messages. This is a hilarious show, and I think only people over the age of 13 will truly benefit from watching this show. Overall, It's a classic sitcom, and is ALOT better than some of the awful cartoons and reality shows of today.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Characteristically for its time, Sanford and Son consistently presents racial stereotypes as part of its comedy. Fred takes on Archie Bunker-like qualities when offering his bigoted ideas about the world around him. The show isn't a source of social commentary, per se, but it does serve as an indicator of how silly prejudice is. Kids who are too young to understand that concept may take away the wrong message; save this one for slightly older viewers.

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