All in the Family (1971–1979)
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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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12 January 1971 (USA)  »

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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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Revealing but not a mistake. The rug under the dining table is painted on the stage floor. See more »

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Archie Bunker: I used to know a whole flock of them coloreds in the old neighborhood. One went by the name of Roundtree Cummerbatch.
Mike Stivic: You never knew anybody by that name. You made it up.
Archie Bunker: I made up a name like Roundtree Cummerbatch?
Mike Stivic: That's right, you made it up to put down a black man.
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Connections

Remake of All in the Family: Justice for All (1968) See more »

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A harsher version of the Bunkers....
23 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is the first episode of "All in the Family" and like nearly every sitcom, the show took a bit of time to hit its stride and establish the characters. While the basic elements of the show are there, the characters aren't quite like you'd see them later...in particular, Archie and Edith. As for Archie, he's much angrier and throws out racial epithets MUCH more often in this shocking first episode. In fact, he practically says a whole season's worth of vulgarities in this one! And, with Edith, she's much more mouthy and not the lovable dingbat she'd become in later shows. None of this is meant as criticism...the characters just needed to be worked out and softened.

As for the plot, Michael and Gloria are throwing Archie and Edith a nice brunch to celebrate their 22nd anniversary. Not surprisingly, this nice gesture degenerates to arguing and nastiness when Archie can't help but make vile comments about Jews and Blacks. Michael vowed to be quiet but cannot when Archie is THIS argumentative, vulgar and nasty.

Overall, well done and worth seeing...but also a bit unfamiliar.


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