SILVER SPRING, MD – JAN. 12, 2017 – Sanford & Son, the classic ‘70s sitcom created by Emmy-nominated executive producer Norman Lear and starring legendary comedian Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson (Girlfriends), is taking over TV-One with a three-day marathon beginning Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET. Celebrating the series’ 45th anniversary, the network is airing back-to-back episodes in sequential order all-weekend long through Sunday, Jan. 16 at 12 a.m. ET. To commemorate the series’ launch TV One will re-air the pilot episode on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET – the same date and time Sanford & Son first aired on NBC in 1972. Viewers will certainly want to tune in for Sanford’s famous line, “It’s a big one! I’m coming to join ya, Elizabeth.”
“Even after 45 years, Sanford & Son remains relevant as the show tackled many struggles African-Americans are still facing today,” said Dexter Cole, TV One’s SVP, Program Scheduling & Acquisitions. “The series brought unconventional characters and laughter for generations, and continues to resonate with viewers.”
Sanford & Son features the misadventures and moneymaking scams of junk dealer Fred Sanford (Foxx) and his son Lamont Sanford (Wilson). Through Fred’s sarcasm and curmudgeonly persona, the show highlighted the prejudices and challenges of African-Americans during the 1970s.
For more information about TV One’s Sanford & Son Takeover Marathon, visit the network’s companion website. TV-One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #SANFORDTAKEOVER.
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.