I did watch all of the episodes of "Archie Bunker's" and I did enjoy it for the most part. However, the series puts me in mind of the slow vanishing of MASH from the television. Both shows probably had run their courses by 1979, but the networks kept them running because they were still major draws and they also were still head and shoulders above 90% of the other programs being aired. I also think the show ran right as the American economy dived into a decade-long recession. The nation had become a sadder and darker place and the sadness and darker atmosphere permeated this program. Archie never stopped missing Edith and the life they had in the Seventies. The Eighties was a lonelier and less funny place. I did think Stephanie, Harry, Murray and the rest of the cast were all just fine in their roles. "Archie Bunker's Place" was the end of an epoch.
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