Originally Posted by Jenny_4
Archie Bunker did make a lot of outrageous comments but he was loved because his character would develop during an episode and confront his own prejudices. Fred Sandford was just a crusty guy who sold junk.
Archie's "Ah~Ha!" moments were what made the series work. Discovering he had given mouth-to-mouth to a drag queen, finding out his 'all man' ex-pro football player buddy was gay, and the infamous kiss from Sammy Davis Jr., are just a few of the plot twists that showed not only was Norman Lear a comedic genius, but also a great societal commentator.
Redd Foxx pretty much got permanently typecast as the Fred Sandford character, but I think he reveled in playing it. His 1976 movie, 'Norman...Is That You?'
, is hilarious as he portrays the same type of crusty old fart but with the twist that he discovers to his deep dismay his only son is not just gay, but has a white boyfriend to boot.