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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Week 7

There is a lot similarities between old TV shows compare to the newer TV shows. A lot of the newer shows were just like the older ones they just modernize the show. For example of a show I still watch from time to time is Stanford and Son. This show is about a father and son that stick together to run a junk business together. They too go through issues of everyday life. Every time I watch this show, I laugh so hard I start to cry. Some of issues they get themselves in I wonder how they get out of the mess they get themselves in Sanford and Son stars Redd Foxx as Fred G. Sanford, a 65-year-old junk dealer living at 9114 S. Central Ave. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California; and Demond Wilson as his 30-year-old son, Lamont Sanford. Foxx played Sanford as a sarcastic, stubborn, and argumentative antiques and junk dealer, whose frequent money-making schemes routinely backfired and created more troubles. Lamont dearly would have liked to enjoy independence but loved his father too much to leave him to his devices and schemes. Although each owned an equal share in the business and technically Fred was the boss, Lamont often found himself doing all the work and having to order his father to complete tasks and duties? Often, Sanford can be heard insulting his son, usually calling him a "big dummy". Lamont also insulted his father, sometimes referring to him as an "old fool”. Fred Sanford was a widower (he moved to South Central Los Angeles from St. Louis), whose wife Elizabeth had died some two decades before. Fred had raised Lamont alone and missed Elizabeth deeply. According to Fred his son was named for Lamont Lomax. At first, Fred's main foil on the show was in his sister-in-law and Lamont's aunt, Ethel (Beah Richards). Ethel's involvement in the Sanford family squabbles lasted only until midway through the second season, whereupon she was replaced with her more tart-tongued sister, Esther (LaWanda Page). Fred and Esther's relationship as in-laws went on to become a major part of the series' legend, as Fred loved to regularly put Esther down with a passion. Esther's disdain for Fred went back to when he and Elizabeth were dating; she had disapproved of Fred marrying her sister. He would often contort his face upon Esther's entrance and make disparaging remarks to her, comparing her with King Kong and Godzilla and using colorful metaphors to describe her. A running gag: whenever Lamont threatened to leave or things were not going Fred's way, he would fake a heart attack and say, "You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!" No one fell for the transparent ruse. Despite his stubbornness, Fred would sometimes redeem himself with acts of kindness, even to those (like Esther) that he insists he does not like. In the last episode of the series, Fred earned his high school diploma, and was the valedictorian of his graduating class. One constant throughout the show was the loyalty of father and son to each other. Even in the show's earliest episodes when one or the other left the house, seemingly for good (Lamont moved out at least twice, and at one point he even put Fred in an old folks' home), something always occurred that returned things back to normal (Lamont got homesick and worried about his father, or something didn't work out and Lamont schemed his way back in; Lamont felt lonely without his father around the house thanks to a plan Bubba and Fred hatched). Perhaps the best example of this bond between father and son occurred in the episode where a friend from Fred's past showed up and claimed to be Lamont's real father. After hearing the news, Lamont told a tearful Fred that he was "the only pop I've ever known" and as far as he was concerned, it was "always" going to be Sanford and Son (in the humorous twist that closed the episode, it turned out the friend had accidentally slept with Aunt Esther, thinking she was her sister Elizabeth). Lamont's birthday was mentioned once in the show from the family Bible as September 27, 1940.

The show American Pickers that airs on the history channel is about a longtime friends (since high school) Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they travel around Iowa, the greater Midwest, and the South (as of season one) showing up at people's houses and buying antiques and collectibles. They are assisted by Danielle Colby-Cushman, who helps run their shop (called Antique Archaeology) and attempts to track down more sellers. Antique Archeology is based out of LeClaire, Iowa. Wolfe and Fritz call on casual collectors, hoarders and, occasionally, people who have inherited overwhelming collections of seeming junk. Wolfe has a particular interest in old bicycles, while Fritz has a fondness for antique motor oil cans, although they have purchased old advertising signs, movie theater posters, a rare 15-gallon visible gasoline pump, and a Vespa passenger scooter that one of their friends tells them is probably the only one of its kind in North America. By and large, they pay fair prices, though they admit that good resales will double their money.
Stanford and Son and American Pickers have similarities. Both shows have an interest in dealing with junk, collect junk and sells junk. Sanford and Son have father and son relationship. American Pickers deals with two close friends that share a business in collecting junk.


  1. Good comments, Andrea!
    I still laugh out loud at the scenes where Fred and Esther are going at it.

  2. Good Post!
    I have watched American Pickers so many times. I agree with you on one thing, they sell a lot of junk and collect a lot junk. Do you watch Pawn Stars? Sanford and Son, even though I never watched the show, reminds me of Pawn Stars because of the family relationship.

  3. Yes I have seen Pawn Stars too, but i like American Pickers better. American Pickers have a family relationship as well even though they are just friends. They seem to treat each other as a if they were related.