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"The TV Addict"
Season Five, Episode ##17
Number (#104) in series (136 episodes)
Air date January 30, 1976
Network NBC-TV
Production code 507
Written by Jerry Ross
Directed by Mark Warren
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The TV Addict was the 104th overall episode of Sanford and Son. Also the 17th episode of Season Five, it first aired on NBC-TV on January 30, 1976.

Episode synopsisEdit

Fred's lifestyle of too much TV and too little exercise has Lamont concerned for his father's health, so Fred undergoes hypnotism to break his addiction to television..

Episode summaryEdit

Lamont thinks Fred is watching too much TV. Fred disagrees, sparking a violent quarrel. Hoping to end his dad's TV addiction once and for all, Lamont arranges for Fred to be hypnotized: From now on, whenever he has the urge to be a couch potato, Fred will imagine that his TV set is overheating. Originally scheduled to air on January 16, 1976, this episode was bumped forward to January 30.

Note: Graham Jarvis makes a guest appearance as Dr. Simmons.


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Sanford and Son: Season 5
Earthquake II | Divorce, Sanford Style | Bank on This | The Sanford Arms | Steinberg and Son | Brother, Can You Spare an Act? | Della, Della, Della | Donna Pops The Question | My Fair Esther | Sanford and Rising Son | The Olympics | Ebenezer Sanford | The Oddfather | Can You Chop This? | Greatest Show in Watts | Fred Sanford Has a Baby | The TV Addict | Lamont in Love | The Escorts | The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice | The Director | A Pain in the Neck | Sergeant Gork | Camping Trip

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