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- rc_empireFeb 27, 2012by
A hilarious show that incorporates prejudiced minds with open minds
Tasteful prejudism? Maybe not. After all, prejudism never is tasteful. However, the writers surely did do a great job of making us understand that Mr. Bunker is just plain pig-headed, as is his neighbor, Mr. Jefferson. The two make a very comical pair and they are comical without one another, as well. it is full of "Archie-isms"-- Archie's theories; his definition of things that take place that are less than desirable to him. What about Archie's wife, Edith? She is definitely different, but the sweetest, most giving person ever. She sees no difference in color, race, etc. and sometimes it drives Archie crazy. She has the funniest outlook on life and Archie’s' ways rarely bother her. She is who she is and you either love her for her sweetness or hate her for her dumbness. Either way, she fits right in and the show would not be what it is without her. Gloria is a headstrong, young adult who gets all caught up in stuff and she is very dramatical, but she doesn't do it for attention, she if just very sensitive. Meathead--he is another story. I never liked him because he is not so nice and to me always seemed like an ongoing cheater. I always hated that Gloria picked him to marry. She could have done soooo much better. But, it's just a show and who would Archie pick on if Meathead was not around?Read full review
- fox-mulder1993May 14, 2010by
All In The Family - The Complete First Season
When "All in the Family" premiered on CBS on January 12, 1971, "TV Guide" introduced it as "A Lighthearted Look at Prejudice,"warning viewers "Situation comedy takes a giant step with this adult social satire." In retrospect, even that declaration is an incredible understatement. Other than the "Texaco Star Theater," which made Milton Berle "Mr. Television" and sold millions of television sets, there is not another show in the history of television as significant as "All in the Family." Before its abbreviated first season there were "idiot" situation comedies like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Hogan's Heroes," and "My Mother the Car." After "All in the Family" came relevant shows like "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "M*A*S*H" and nobody doubts that it was AITF that changed the rules of the game.
Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, "All in the Family" was based on the British series "Till Death Do Us Part." The family in question were the Bunkers, which consisted of bigoted Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), his kindly "dingbat" wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), their naively idealistic daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her husband, Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner), an argumentative liberal "meathead" who sorely tries Archie's deeply conservative soul. Archie Bunker was unlike anything ever seen on television: he held every negative racial or ethic stereotype in the book and used slurs never before heard on television. But the series also dealt with serious issues. "All in the Family" is the only television series in history to finish 1st in the Nielsen's five years running and all four stars won multiple Emmys in their respective acting categories. "All in the Family" is one of the greatest television series of all time and I do not know of two many television critics or historians who do not have it down as one of the five best situation comedies ever aired. Too bad this DVD does not include the two failed pilots Lear put together for ABC, but the greater shame is that this is a bare boned edition with just the episodes. Yes, they are uncut, but a show as culturally important as "All in the Family" would certainly be worthy of commentary from the talented actors, writers and staff who changed television forever. On a rating of 1 - 10, 10 being an excellent buy I would easily give this DVD an easy 10!Read full review
- leafpeeper2010Sep 26, 2011by
Love this nostalgic gem of offensive humor!
I grew up watching this series and it really takes me back to my childhood.
This series could never be done nowadays. The racist language shocks my ears because you just never hear that sort of thing in modern society. Just goes to show how far we've come.
One of my favorite series of all time. Not for the faint of heart or for those easily offended!
- ccr_toledoMar 28, 2007by
2 THUMBS UP!!! Just like the Original Television Series
These new production seasons of the ALL IN THE FAMILY television series are as funny as they were in the 70's!! We cannot say that they are politically correct for this day and age, but dont believe they were in the early 70's either. If you enjoyed the original televsion series, you will not at all be disappointed!! Though when watching these new productions, the episodes seem to fly by before you know it since the commercials have been cut out. The picture quality compares to that of when it was aired on television. We were hoping for a better quality picture, but then again, maybe todays digital mastering may have dampened the authenticity of the original series, as how we all remember it. Its a great collection to buy!!! It will keep you laughing for hours!!
- 1000735225@dele...Apr 04, 2010by
Such a wonderful show...I've been lucky enough to see Archie's chair at the Smithsonian in DC at the Museum of American history. The last 2 years of his life Carroll O'Connor taught at the U OF Montana, the school he met his wife, nancy, at. He died much too soon...likely of a broken heart after losing his son. I lost me 29 year old Son when he was hit by a motor home 3/22/1008