Heatwave Binge Guide: Classic Sitcoms Keep Things Cool

— July 10, 2019

Temperatures are set to rise again this week, prompting one burning question: Why suffer through the heat when there are so many new hilarious seasons of classic sitcoms to be enjoyed on CTV Throwback this month, all in air conditioned comfort?

CTV Throwback’s massive list of shows from all genres now include three more comedies which didn’t shy away from controversial topics and political humour, making for defining moments in TV history. Full seasons of MAUDE (Streaming Now), SANFORD AND SON (July 11), and GOOD TIMES (July 18), all created by award-winning television producer Norman Lear, are unlocked and available with no subscription or sign-in required on CTV.ca and the CTV app.

MAUDE (All Six Seasons; Streaming Now)

Starring Beatrice Arthur (GOLDEN GIRLS) in the role that made her a household name, MAUDE is a spin-off of ALL IN THE FAMILY, and centres on Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, a very outspoken, politically liberal woman advocating for civil rights and racial and gender equality.

SANFORD AND SON (All Seven Seasons; July 11)

A critical and audience favourite during its initial run, SANFORD AND SON stars Redd Foxx (THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE SHOW), as the cantankerous-but-lovable junk dealer Fred Sanford. Outspoken and outrageous, Sanford was known for his one-liners and catchphrases.

GOOD TIMES (All Six Seasons; July 18)


A spin-off of MAUDE, GOOD TIMES was television’s first African-American, two-parent family sitcom. The series follows James (John Amos, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW) and Florida Evans (Esther Rolle, MAUDE), and their three children, making the best of life while living in the Chicago housing projects.