Archie Bunker, was a bigoted working-class family man who held his views of the world. His viewpoints clash with nearly everyone he comes into contact with especially his son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead").Written by
Brian Rathjen <email@example.com>
You are about to see something new in comedy. Real people. To err is human. Which makes the Bunkers just about the most human family you'll ever want to meet. Also the funniest. Enjoy a laugh on them and the prejudices which keep them in constant battle and bafflement. (season 1)
Archie and Edith's easy-chairs are now on display at the Smithsonian. See more »
Throughout the first five seasons,it appears that Mike and Gloria's bedroom is on the opposite side of the wall from Archie and Edith's bedroom.
But in later episodes both bedrooms appear to be directly across the hall from eachother. See more »
Some of the episodes shown on Nick at Nite were edited some, but the full versions were released on video. For example:
In the episode "Archie Gives Blood", after Archie inquires as to whether or not the nurse was "one of them senoritas", the part of him describing why he thought this was cut.
In the episode "Mike's Hippy Friends Come to Visit", extra dialogue was cut for no appearent reason, and the part at the end when Archie is asleep and Edith, Mike and Gloria sing offkey to wake him up was cut.
In the episode "Meet the Bunkers", at the end of the episode when Mike claims he's the one who bought the card that Archie supposidly got Edith was cut when aired on Nick at Nite.
In the episode where Archie orders Edith to quit her job but she rebels, when aired on TV Land it shows the opening where Archie comes home to find no Edith, on Nick at Nite, the episode just opens with Edith rushing in the house and getting dinner started.
In the episode "The Baby, Part II", Nick at Nite edits the scene where Archie enters the room occupied by Mrs. Stipic. After he asks for some cold cream to remove his dark makeup he was wearing at the minstrel show, originally Mrs. Stipic called for help, saying a "fat black man" wanted to rape her. The Nick at Nite version omits this, cutting directly to Archie asking a nurse where the restroom is located.
In today's politically correct environment, a show like this could not be made today. This show dealt with the prejudices that ALL of us have in us. I am African-American and I admit that at times I have said things about other races that I now regret. I get that from my late father who was a Black version of Archie, even down to the favorite easy chair. Anyone can be a bigot and I feel that this show pointed it out in its own unique way.
Also, this show really dealt with issues besides predjudice. In fact it was groundbreaking due to the fact it dealt with so many controversial issues such as Vietnam, menopause, impotence, gun control and rape. In fact, the episode that pretty much stands out in a lot of peoples minds is when Edith had to deal with the fact that she was nearly raped on her birthday and what she went through to face her worst fear.
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