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
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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)
According to Norman Lear many of the show's catch phrases including "Meat Head", "Dingbat" and "Stifle" were inspired by the same words he heard from his father while growing up. See more »
Early episodes made references to Archie's parents having recently visited, or otherwise implied to be still living. As the series progressed, Archie's parents were clearly stated to have both been dead for several years prior to the start of the series. It was the opposite scenario with Edith's parents; the earlier seasons establishing that Edith's father having died before Archie came along, but on season eight's "Two's a Crowd", Archie reminisced to Mike how Mr. Baines told longer stories than Edith, but with bad breath. See more »
God created the universe in seven days.
Six days. On the seventh day he rested.
Well only for a while then He looked over what He done.
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There is a scene cut out of episode "Archie And The Mob" as it is seen in the Complete 2nd Season DVD set. It is a short (roughly 30 second) clip of dialog. It is a scene where Archie mentions the 'fraternity' that the shoemaker belongs to. The scene is present in the Columbia House VHS edition of the episode. See more »
Even though it took three years and three pilots to get All in the Family on network TV, it has become one of the most classic 70s sitcoms as well as the show that broke the genteel world of comedies like Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver by featuring subjects that weren't explored on those shows. Subjects like bigotry, racism and menopause were controversial topics that were finally brought out of the closet and used as the basis for a number of episodes.
The four main actors, Carroll O'Connor as Archie, Jean Stapleton as Edith, Rob Reiner as Mike and Sally Struthers as Gloria had great chemistry but it was O'Connor's portrayal of Archie is what made the show a major hit after a slow start. His bigoted rants and numerous malaprops stood out and were very funny. Also, the many scenes with Archie and Mike clashing on a lot of subjects were also extremely funny, especially in the flashback episode where Archie met mike for the first time.
All in the Family's success paved the way for more shows with more controversial topics such as Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Besides Maude, the show also had two other spinoffs, the hit sitcom The Jeffersons and the not so successful Gloria.
As the years went by, I felt the show jumped the shark when Archie became a lot mellower after buying Kelsey's Bar and when Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers left the show. The episode about Mike and Gloria leaving for California was one of the saddest sitcom episodes I ever saw but it remains a classic. Mike and Gloria leaving also lost most of the show's edge since the Archie-Mike conflict was one of the show's centerpieces. Another shark jump was the addition of Edith's niece Stephanie, another example of a sitcom adding another kid.
All in the Family, despite all the racial slurs was one of my all-time sitcom favorites. There well never be another show like it.
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