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Meet the Bunkers 

In the series' premiere, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party to celebrate Archie and Edith's 22nd anniversary. But it quickly turns into a shouting match between conservative Archie and the liberal "Meathead" on virtually every topic.

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In the series' premiere, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party to celebrate Archie and Edith's 22nd anniversary. But it quickly turns into a shouting match between conservative Archie and the liberal "Meathead" on virtually every topic.

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The first New York pilot was produced at NBC. The second pilot was produced at ABC TV Hollywood (Prospect & Talmadge lot) with a set designed by Edward Stephenson. The third pilot was produced at the CBS TV Hollywood (Beverly & Fairfax) Studio with a set designed by Bob Lee and Don Roberts. After this third pilot was picked up by CBS, Don Roberts became the Production Designer-Art Director for the full series run. Warren Schaffer was the prop master for the series, as well. Robert Tyler Lee was the CBS TV (Hollywood) Art Department Executive Director, usually assigning designers to the CBS shows produced at the studio. Jane Saye was in charge of the CBS graphics Department providing show graphics, credit crawls, and graphics required by all the CBS shows. See more »

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Mike mentions meeting Archie's parents during a recent visit. It would subsequently be established that Archie's parents had both been dead for at least 20-30 years. See more »

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Archie Bunker: Back in my day, they wasn't called Chicanos or Anglo-Americans or Afro-Americans, we was all Americans so if a guy was a jig or a spick, it was his own business.
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Remake of All in the Family: Justice for All (1968) See more »

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Meet the Bunkers (#1.1)
7 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the start of "All in the Family", one of the most important and perhaps groundbreaking shows of all-time. It was really one of the first shows to deal with important topics such as rape, bigotry, cancer, mental retardation, homosexuality, menopause, gun control, and many more.

This episode features Gloria and her husband Mike planning a surprise anniversary party for Gloria's parents, Archie and Edith Bunker. Archie right off the bat is introduced as a prejudiced man who clearly views the white man superior to all other races. Because his son-in-law, Mike is a liberal and Archie is a conservative, the two often get into arguments about many of the troubles that were facing the world at the time in which the show was on.

This episode is perhaps one of the best pilots that I've ever seen because it does a great job introducing the characters, yet throughout the course of the series, we see the characters develop. The writing in this episode, like most of the other episodes of this series is great, and all four of the central characters get some good laughs at one point or another.


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