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"The Reverend Sanford"
Season Six, Episode ##19
Number (#130) in series (136 episodes)
Air date February 11, 1977
Network NBC-TV
Production code 618
Written by Jim Belcher
Directed by Russ Petranto
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The Reverend Sanford was the 130th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 19th episode of Season Six, it first aired on NBC-TV on February 11, 1977.

Episode synopsisEdit

To avoid paying taxes, Fred buys a mail-order clergy ordination and transforms his home into the Chapel on the Junkpile for the church of the "Seventh-Day Junkists"!

Episode summaryEdit

To avoid paying taxes, Fred invests ten dollars in a "close cover before striking" divinity school headed by a clever con man. Inveigling Uncle Woodrow (Raymond Allen) and Bubba (Don Bexley) in his scheme, the "Reverend" Sanford sets up his own tax-exempt ministry, worshipping at the altar of the new religion known as "Junkism." Suffice it to say that the scheme heads down the same road paved with good intentions.

Note: Comedian Sammy Shore appears as Bishop Lovelace. Freeman King makes a guest appearance as LAPD Officer King, and Darrow Igus appears as Walter, a lawyer.


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Sanford and Son: Season 6
The Hawaiian Connection - Part I | The Hawaiian Connection - Part II | California Crude | The Stakeout | I Dream of Choo-Choo Rabinowitz | The Winning Ticket | Committee Man | Fred's Extra Job | Carol | Aunt Esther Has a Baby | Here Today, Gone Today | Aunt Esther Meets Her Son | Sanford and Gong | Fred Meets Redd | Chinese Torture | A Matter of Silence | When John Comes Marching Home | The Reverend Sanford | The Will | Fred the Activist | The Lucky Streak | Funny, You Don't Look It | Fred Sings The Blues | School Daze

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