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      Season 1 – All in the Family

      1971 Comedy List
      70% 30 Reviews Tomatometer 93% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score "All in the Family" is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. The lead character, Archie Bunker, is a loudmouthed, uneducated bigot who believes in every stereotype he has ever heard. His wife, Edith, is sweet but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. They and their daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike, all live in a working-class home. Unfortunately for Archie, he can't avoid the people he disdains: His son-in-law -- whom Archie calls "Meathead" -- is an unemployed student and of Polish descent; the Jeffersons next door are black; Edith's cousin Maude is a feminist; and, later, his partners in a local tavern are Jewish. Read More Read Less

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      It's not clear whether Archie Bunker's blowhard ignorance satirizes prejudice or glorifies it, but All in the Family gets the conversation going with its audaciously frank exploration of generational divides.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Jan 12, 1971 Meet the Bunkers Edith manages to drag Archie to church on their anniversary while Gloria and Mike try to whip up a party. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 19, 1971 Writing the President After learning that Mike has written a letter of criticism to President Nixon, Archie counters with a letter of praise. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 26, 1971 Archie's Aching Back Archie tries to sue for whiplash after he is in a minor auto accident. Details Episode 4 Aired Feb 2, 1971 Archie Gives Blood Mike shames Archie into being a blood donor, but Archie insists on knowing where the blood will be going. Details Episode 5 Aired Feb 9, 1971 Judging Books by Covers Archie ridicules one of Mike and Gloria's friends for being gay. Details Episode 6 Aired Feb 16, 1971 Gloria Has a Belly Full Archie explodes when he finds out that Gloria is pregnant and Mike has no means of supporting the child. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 23, 1971 Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit Archie objects to Mike's unmarried friends staying the night in the house. Details Episode 8 Aired Mar 2, 1971 Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood Archie tries in vain to prevent a black family from moving into the neighborhood. Details Episode 9 Aired Mar 9, 1971 Edith Has Jury Duty Edith accepts a call to jury duty and becomes the lone dissenting juror in a murder case. Details Episode 10 Aired Mar 16, 1971 Archie Is Worried About His Job Archie keeps himself and the rest of the family up all night as he worries about possibly losing his job. Details Episode 11 Aired Mar 23, 1971 Gloria Discovers Women's Lib Gloria moves out of the Bunker household as the result of an argument with Mike when she demands that he treat her as an equal. Details Episode 12 Aired Mar 30, 1971 Success Story A friend of Archie's arrives from Beverly Hills, prompting Archie to organize a reunion of their Army buddies. Details Episode 13 Aired Apr 6, 1971 The First and Last Supper Archie circulates a petition to keep more black families from moving into the area. Details Next
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      Previous Jerry Coffey Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ It will be interesting to see how "Family" develops -- and how it is received. At this point only one thing seems certain. No matter what happens to this show, situation comedy never will be quite the same again Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Pat Dreverman The Age (Australia) The show is definitely not my cup of tea. The harsh and incessantly shrill accents penetrated right to my toenails... To me, it just wasn't funny, with the exception of perhaps half a dozen good lines. Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Nancy Banks-Smith Guardian Till Death [Do Us Part] was a shock wave. The shock has a long way to come from the States and barely shakes our seismograph. But it is funny enough. Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Matt Roush TV Insider TV was never the same after audiences met Archie Bunker. Dec 20, 2023 Full Review John Leonard LIFE All in the Family is a wretched program. Why review a wretched program? Well, why vacuum the living room or fix the septic tank? Every once in a while the reviewer must assume the role of a bottle of Johnston's No-Roach with the spray applicator. Jul 18, 2023 Full Review Mary Holland Observer (UK) The first episode seemed a wet, watered-down version of Johnny Speight's original ["Till Death Do Us Part"], but at least touched on some particularly American prejudices. Feb 22, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous craig p I think I've seen all the episode's over the years, and some of them were better than other's just like every show, but what I've noticed is that my tastes have changed with the characters,I like most people thought that Archie was the whole show, but now I think the other members of the cast were far more important to the overall reason way I liked the show.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/18/23 Full Review ed m Still the G.O.A.T! Best sitcom ever! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review William T Brilliant series, it's no wonder they drew 60 million viewers per episode. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/21/22 Full Review Audience Member Great unbiased humor. Too much to handle for today's liberals which makes it even better! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      John Rich
      Executive Producer
      Norman Lear
      Norman Lear
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Jan 12, 1971
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