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TV Shows - All in the Family

All in the Family is an American situation comedy that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, the show was revamped, and given a new title, Archie Bunker's Place. This version of the sitcom lasted another four years, ending its run in 1983. Produced by Norman Lear and based on the British television series Till Death Us Do Part, the show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, miscarriage, breast cancer, menopause and impotence. The show ranked #1 in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. As of 2008, The Cosby Show has been the only other show to top the ratings for at least five consecutive seasons. TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time ranked All in the Family as #4. Bravo also named the show's protagonist, Archie Bunker, TV's greatest character of all time

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1 So Long Meathead Gloria & Meathead Leave for California
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2 Mike and Gloria move next door Diluted conservative/liberal living together thing
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3 New kid in town Stephanie, Archie's niece
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Death Edith
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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7 New kid in town Irene
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8 sang the opening song clearly the show just was not fresh anymore
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1 Always enjoyed this show, til Mike and Gloria left. But felt the writers resorted to that hoary old "bring in a baby" when they ran out of ideas. In this show that plot gimmick was completely out of character for Mike and Gloria (Gloria was on the pill and Mike had considered a vasectomy and constantly said he did not want children). -- Submitted By: (jgf) on May 29, 2014, 4:02 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 RIP Jean Stapleton! -- Submitted By: (Jp) on June 2, 2013, 8:13 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The Show never actually boned. It wasn't consistantly as funny after Mike and Gloria left, but they stayed true to the characters and development. Archie had changed some, but it showed that even a bigot like him could learn (even if only a little). Brillant show that still goes over some people's heads. -- Submitted By: (JMoose) on December 7, 2012, 3:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Robert is spot on when he said that Archie was satirizing bigotry. George Jefferson and Fred Sanford did the same thing and I would argue, even Andrew Dice Clay did it. This show lost it when meathead, Archie's primary foil, moved away. No foil, no friction, no comedy. -- Submitted By: () on March 17, 2012, 3:04 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Hey #5: Maude and The Jeffersons were spun off years before Mike and Gloria left. Further, Mike and Gloria didn't divorce until many years after leaving, late in the run of Archie Bunker's Place, when they tried to spin off a show for Gloria--cleverly titled "Gloria." At least get your "bone the fish" moments correct! -- Submitted By: () on October 13, 2011, 7:42 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Mike and Gloria move to California -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on August 9, 2011, 6:49 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 When Archie mellowed, the show lost its zip. Bringing in Danielle Brisebois was a very unusual attempt to add the cuteness factor into the show. Was their anyone in the country that said "What All in the Family needs is an adorable child?" -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 5:22 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The show itself never boned but should have let sleeping dogs lie and never came up with ABP, (Archie Bunker's Place). With that being said, in the episode of ABP when Edith dies and Archie finds her one slipper under her bed in the empty room and holds it to his face and starts crying has got to be one of the most gut-wrenching moments on TV ever. To this day if I watched it, all 6'4" and 240 lbs of me would cry like a little schoolgirl. AITF was by far one of the top 3 greatest TV shows period of all time! -- Submitted By: (stukaman) on May 1, 2011, 12:36 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 The show never really boned; some of the most impressive episodes (and acting) took place during the last couple of years it was on the air (1978-79). In fact, three of Carroll O'Connor's four Emmys were awarded for the show's last three seasons. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 21, 2011, 1:50 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Went downhill when Gloria and Mike left and then a maid came to the show and then Gloria and Mike divorced and Maude was spun off as well the Jeffersons. -- Submitted By: (mozillia) on April 3, 2011, 4:26 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Didn't Edith die in "Archie Bunker's Place"? -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on March 25, 2011, 6:05 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Many of the political and social issues mentioned on the show were definitely timely. If you weren't around or arejust not good in history you woldn't get the joke. But personally I can't imagine it being over anyone's head. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on February 12, 2011, 6:10 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 i was born in 1977, so my experience with the show was all in reruns on UHF. So maybe the things that made it interesting and kinda unique or whatever about the time it was first run. I just couldnt get into it. it must have just gone over my head. -- Submitted By: (VeritechRyan) on October 19, 2010, 10:27 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I noticed as the series moved on, Archie became less of a stubborn bigot and seemed to see things from Meathead's point of view every so often. And I've only watched all episodes from the first six seasons on DVD - season 7 is due out somewhere in the next couple of months (thanks Shout Factory!). -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on September 5, 2010, 8:58 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 When Archie no longer had "Meathead" for a sparring partner, the show lost it's edge. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 28, 2009, 11:38 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Excellent show. I think, first of all, the kids leaving had a very little effect on the working of the show. Archie Bunker was and still is one of the most complex characters on TV. He was definitely more complicated than most other protagonists at the time and still is one of the most interesting and analyzed today. It was a brilliant show and it led to two equally successful spin-offs; something few shows can lay claim to. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on July 21, 2009, 12:16 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I think the point was that any fringe political belief was fair game, as Micahel's dopey left wing ideology was skewed, as well. Norman Lear has stated that there is a little Archie Bunker in all of us, and it's true. The one thing most people forget about the show (unless you see reruns of the very early seasons), is that Archie gets into it with Michael, Edith's cousin, Maude, and George Jefferson (who was played by someone other than Sherman Hemsley back then), and while his opinions sometimes defy logic, he does not always come out on the short end. In one particular brilliant argument, Gloria is bemoaning the fact that guns kill so many people per year. Archie says matter-of-factly, "Would you feel better if those people got thrown out of windows?!" -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 17, 2009, 5:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 If you think All in the Family was bigoted and politically incorrect, you're clearly not watching any other shows they have on TV today. AitF satirized the stupidity of being a bigot. When it came to Archie's bigotry, he was always in the wrong and it bit him in the butt by the episode's end. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 7, 2009, 1:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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