I grew up hearing about a foul-mouthed, elderly comedian named Redd Foxx and that I was to stay away from him.
Much later in life and with no parental supervision, I decided to allow myself to watch a rerun of Sanford & Son and learned how funny he was.
I will never forget the episode where Fred Sanford walks into his living room to see a goat. His reaction to the goat was priceless comedy. When they said a show was filmed in front of a live studio audience, they meant it. The audience reaction to Fred’s upcoming reaction made the moment that much more memorable.
Redd Foxx also did impressions which were also uncanny. There was an episode where he imitated Bogart and it was hilarious.
I was pleased to learn that Redd Foxx received a Golden Globe award for his work on Sanford & Son. The sitcom is one of the most consistently funniest I’ve ever seen, even during the period when Foxx was not in some episodes, and I believe one of the funniest in television history.
Do yourself a favor and watch any and every Sanford & Son you can.