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A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »
Archie Bunker, was a bigoted working-class family man who held his views of the world. His viewpoints clash with nearly everyone he comes into contact with especially his son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead"). Written by
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The house in the opening credits (that is presumably supposed to be Archie and Edith Bunker's house) does not come anywhere near matching the studio sets that represent the house in the show. For example, window placement and size is completely wrong, and the sets depict the house as having a large front porch whereas, the house in the credits has only a small stoop. See more »
[Door bell rings]
I'll get it!
Geez Louise Edith, why do you have to charge the door like a German shepherd every time the bell rings?
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Many people will tell you that the perfect show, yet alone the perfect
sitcom does not exist. I normally would agree, but I watched All in the
Family, and this show is without a doubt one of the top contenders in my
opinion and, well, to me is the greatest TV show of all time. You never
get television like this these days, a show that is controversial,
groundbreaking, different and all around brilliant, as you do in this
The show centers around Archie Bunker, a bigoted dock worker living in
Queens. His wife is Edith Bunker, nice sweet woman who stays at home. His
son in law is Mike Stivic, an idealistic college student of Polish
and Gloria, Mike's wife and Archie's daughter.
Archie is not your typical sitcom character, he comes across more as a
person, exactly what he is supposed to be. He is aging, obnoxious, quite
angry, his hair is out of place, and his motives are hardly altruistic. He
always barks at his wife and his son in law, always arguing at someone,
always saying something bad about The I-talians, the Chinkies, the
Catholics, the coloreds, the A-rabs, pretty much anyone that is not
Mike Stivic is the idealistic college student and constantly arguing with
Archie. The two rarely if ever saw eye to eye and were always on each
nerves. That in the early years was the core of the show. The two
issues ranging from the Vietnam War, Nixon, affirmative action, racism,
women's liberation, television never saw such debate on television before,
and all of these issues, the way they talked (it was one of the first
someone cussed on television) and the realistic dialogue on very current
issues made this one of the most popular shows of all time.
Archie Bunker was your typical working class guy, something rare in
television up until that point and definitely since that point. Television
always had people that were well to do, nice looking and always wealthy,
the most part. This show was about a regular family, people identified
the regular people, and they fell in love with the show.
A show like this would be hard to do today. There was so much controversy
the time and people were really divided, like they were on this show. This
was a show that reflected the day, and the hot button issues of the day
not nearly as hot button today. This still is great as a time piece, and
definitely funny because of the brilliant Carroll O'Connor, who played
Nick at Nite said Archie was the original King of Queens, that is
true, no question. Archie was great, and there will never be a show on TV
quite like this one. This show captured the time so perfectly, and TV
wouldn't allow to be a show to be so edgy today. This would be too much.
would be too issue oriented, unlike a lot of these shows today, where
show is a cookie cutter show, and all of the shows are not funny today.
But then there is the supporting cast. First there was George Jefferson,
his precursor Henry Jefferson, who was George's brother. They were only in
one show together, which was Henry Jefferson's last show. When George
Jefferson was on the show it was some of the best shows ever on television
The two best George Jefferson episodes were when George wanted Archie to
sign a re-zoning petition to further expand George's dry-cleaning business
and the other one was when we met Lionel's fiancée who was part white and
this drove Archie and George crazy. The climax of that one show was
brilliant. Tom Willis, the father of Lionel's fiancée and Louise
started dancing and both George and Archie toasted to a time that would
never happened. That was brilliant.
Then there was Barney Heffner, one of Archie's best friends, my personal
favorite of his buddies but a bit of a late arrival. Kelsey owned the bar
where Archie hang out, then there was the bartender Harry and many more.
Then there are all of the very small parts, people that appeared in maybe
one or two episodes but were constantly referred to, like next door
McNabb, Stretch Cunningham, Mr. Quigley, all the family members and so
more. All of the supporting cast made this show so good to, no
In all of the characters that came on this show, few if any supporting
characters were weak. All of them provided something unique to the
they were in. I do find some very minor weaknesses in the show. I
Edith should have been a little less dingbatty. She should have argued
Archie a little bit more, stood up to Archie a little more.
This show works on another level as well. Gloria's character can be a
spoiled brat, and outright mean sometimes. I cannot stand her character
occasion. In television characters tend to be very inoffensive, perfect
laid back. She annoyed me and I could not stand her. Character
was excellent in this show.
Among my favorite episodes other than those with George Jefferson were the
ones like the one where Cleavon Little and Demond Wilson (later Lamont of
Sanford and Son) robbed the Bunker residence, the one where Archie
an Italian guy get mugged and he insisted the mob mugged him, those are my
two favorites, I crack up whenever I hear Archie arguing with the Italian
shoemaker, that cracks me up.
All in all this is to me perhaps the best show ever on television, if not
definitely the best sitcom. This is classic stuff, the standard bearer for
American comedy on television, if you have not seen it, you have
no idea what you're missing. SEE IT!!
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