Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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The Sanford Arms 

With the bank ready to foreclose, Fred and Lamont desperately seek to find tenants for the Sanford Arms.


Mark Warren


Ted Bergman, Ray Galton ("Steptoe and Son" created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
LaWanda Page ... Aunt Esther Anderson
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Nancy Kulp ... May Hopkins
George Wyner ... Percy G. Hopweather
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... George F. 'Hutch' Hutton
Richard Cox ... Hippie Kid
Ta-Tanisha Ta-Tanisha ... Janet Lawrence
Marguerite Ray ... Woman
Cal Gibson ... Roger Lawrence


With the bank ready to foreclose, Fred and Lamont desperately seek to find tenants for the Sanford Arms.

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Release Date:

3 October 1975 (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?


Marguerite Ray, who plays the hooker, would later play Fred's rich girlfriend Eve on the spin off Sanford (1980). See more »


Fred never provided his phone number for the newspaper ad, but he received calls for it anyway. See more »


Mrs. Hopkins: [Looking around the Sanfords' home] Howard, why aren't you making out a report?
Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins: Report, Mom?
Mrs. Hopkins: Obviously this place has been ransacked!
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »

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Nancy Kulp and Arnold Johnson
7 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Sanford Arms" served as a turning point for the series, the Sanfords finally renting out Julio's house next door as an apartment building. Two new characters were also introduced, each lasting five episodes, Nancy Kulp as May Hopkins, mother of Howard Platt's Officer Hoppy, and Arnold Johnson as ex-con and new tenant G.F. Hutton, better known as new tenant Hutch (Ta-Tanisha as Janet Lawrence made only one return appearance in "Can You Chop This?"). Lamont worries that they won't be able to repay their $1800 bank loan unless they get some tenants soon. A rock band drummer (Richard Cox) becomes the first tenant, Hutch scores with Fred with his talk of having an ugly sister-in-law, newlyweds Janet and Roger Lawrence (Cal Gibson) plan on making this their little cottage (complete with pay toilet), while Officer Hoppy fills out the place by bringing in his mother, who works as a store detective for the lingerie department (Nancy Kulp receives a warm audience ovation). Mrs. Hopkins boasts about her lengthy success rate: "I'm happy to say that after 30 years of service, no one has ever ripped off one of my bras!"

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