The original pilot (not made available to the public until years after the second pilot had been broadcast). The family name was Justice.

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The original pilot (not made available to the public until years after the second pilot had been broadcast). The family name was Justice.

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1968 (USA)  »

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In this pilot, Archie Bunker's son-in-law is of Irish heritage, not Polish, and Archie calls him a "mick". See more »

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Remade as All in the Family: Meet the Bunkers (1971) See more »

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An interesting curio for "All in the Family" fans.
23 June 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first pilot for what became "All in the Family". Apparently the network didn't like some of the cast so they had different actors play Gloria and Richard (later changed to Mike). In particular, this Gloria seemed VERY New York Italian and the later incarnations were more middle America and ethnically ambiguous. D'Urville Martin played Lionel in both pilots--the one and "Those Were the Days" (the second pilot). By the time the first actual episode came along ("Meet the Bunkers"), Richard/Mike, Gloria and Lionel were the actors we are now familiar with and more likable than the pilot actors...though perhaps this is more due to familiarity.

The episode itself is essentially the same as in the second pilot AND the first episode. It's Archie and Edith's anniversary and the kids make them a nice brunch. But, not surprisingly, Richard and Archie get to arguing about race and then later about the existence of God. And, like these two other episodes, Archies racial slurs are a bit more frequent and vulgar than you'd hear in later episodes.

Overall, very similar to the second pilot but perhaps a bit grouchier and more harsh. Watchable and interesting...particularly if you are a fan of the later series.

A few other things to note...the family is named 'Justice' in this one and the opening song is VERY different towards the end and Richard/Mike is Irish (as he is in the second pilot)....oh, and Carroll O'Connor is sporting a toupee!


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