What could be funnier than watching a working-class man constantly squabble with his family over the issues of the day? For most of the 70s, All in the Family set the conversation around the TV tray for families across America.
All in the Family (1971-79)
Archie Bunker was a bigoted working-class family man whose points-of-view frequently clashed with nearly everyone he comes into contact with especially his son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delighted in calling him, “Meathead”).
Here’s how All in the Family was presented to viewers in 1971:
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.
The long-running situation comedy ushered in a new sense of “realism” to TV comedies – as evidenced by the first-ever toilet flush during one episode. All in the Family won numerous awards and spun off several successful shows (The Jeffersons and Maud, to name two).
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