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"The Family Man"
Season Four, Episode ##25
Number (#87) in series (136 episodes)
Air date April 25, 1975
Network NBC-TV
Production code 424
Written by Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein
Directed by Bud Yorkin
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The Family Man was the 87th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 25th and season finale episode of Season Four, it first aired April 25, 1975.

Episode synopsisEdit

The story of Grady and his eyebrow-raising gift to his daughter and son-in-law just before their cocktail party for stuffy university professors.

Episode summaryEdit

Feeling out of place and neglected, Grady (Whitman Mayo) decides to move out of his old Watts neighborhood. He is immediately installed in the fashionable Westwood home of his daughter Ellie (Carole Cole), his son-in-law Hal Marshall (Joe Morton), and his grandchildren Laurie (Rosanne Katon) and Haywood (Haywood Nelson). The result: Poor Grady feels even more like a "fifth wheel" than ever before. Originally telecast as the final episode of Sanford and Son's fourth season, "The Family Man" was actually the pilot for Whitman Mayo's short-lived spin-off series Grady.

Howard Hesseman, who later co-stars as Dr.Johnny Fever on the CBS-TV sitcom series "WKRP in Cincinnati" appears as Professor Stoneham and Michael Talbott, later of NBC-TV's "Miami Vice" series fame appears as Pete.


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Sanford and Son: Season 4
The Surprise Party | Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Ol' Brown Eyes is Back | Grady and His Lady | There'll Be Some Changes Made | Going Out of Business | Home Sweet Home | My Kingdom For a Horse | Sanford and Niece | Julio and Sister and Nephew | Fred's Treasure Garden | Tower Power | A Little Extra Security | The Merger | Once a Thief | The Stand-In | Strange Bedfellows | The Masquerade Party | Golden Boy | My Brother-in-Law's Keeper | The Headache | The Stung | The Older Woman | The Over-the-Hill Gag | The Family Man

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