Hey Uncle the other guy looks like Wilfred Brambell who played Albert Steptoe in "Steptoe And Son" a British comedy from the early 60s to early 70s. It was fantastic Uncle! I've got the boxset of every episode.I love it! ;D
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I've probably watched every episode of Sanford and Son; some probably 20 or more times! It's by far my favorite tv comedy of all time. In those heady days of the late 70s, shows like Sanford and Son and All In the Family would easily pull 25/30 million viewers a show in a much smaller tv market than today. Water cooler moments galore as the fragmentation of multiple cable outlets had not set in; I was still adjusting rabbit ears and outdoor antennas then. In other words, the big hits on the 3 major networks where watched by a much greater percent of the population at least in a passing fashion so you had more common ground with others in viewing!
Redd Foxx; the notorious blue entertainer filled the role fit to a T for him as Fred (G., the G stands for....well almost G-rated in this case ) Sanford and became a mainstream star! Demond Wilson as Lamont, Esther, Bubba, Julio, Rollo, Smitty, the 'I didn't know that' guy, the recurring 'eeeee yeessss' waiter guy, and on and on. The fellow who played Grady ended up on a show on the (Ted) Turner South network about southern folklore in the late 90s or so!
It was amazing how they took the original concept and fitted it into Watts, Los Angeles at a junkyard. I've encountered some characters like those in real life and I felt the show was so true to life! Esther's line 'Watch it sucker' is in my head right now! :-[
I was just thinking about the show Alice that started in a similar timeframe and continued on into the 80s. The lady who played Flo was from my state. I was thinking about how different her famous line today might be. 'Kiss my polenta' doesn't have the same bite as 'Kiss my grits', does it!
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