Sanford and Son (1972)

SanfordandsontitlecardSanford and Son paved the way for other shows during the post-civil rights era. The show starred Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford, a character with obvious prejudices against other people. The show took place in Los Angeles and was one of the first shows that featured black people as main characters. Though the show was meant to be a comedy, often times there were hints of seriousness when it came to issues of race. The show was canceled in 1977. Through those five years, Sanford and Son served as a representation of African-American life and culture on television. During a time where this was a rare occurrence, Sanford and Son made it an easier climb for later African-American dominated shows.

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