All in the Family

All in the Family

infobox television
show_name = All in the Family

caption = The title screen as seen in the opening credits
format = Sitcom
runtime = 30 minutes
location = CBS Television City,
7800 Beverly Boulevard [,+CA+90036,+USA&fb=1&geocode=7576677367282536714,34.075972,-118.359641&oi=manybox&ct=14&cd=1&resnum=2 (at Fairfax)] ,
Metromedia Square, Los Angeles, California
creator = Norman Lear (based on "Till Death Us Do Part", created by Johnny Speight)
starring = Carroll O'Connor
Jean Stapleton
Rob Reiner (1971-1978)
Sally Struthers (1971-1978)
Vincent Gardenia (1973-1974)
Betty Garrett (1973-1975)
Danielle Brisebois (1978-1979)
country = USA
network = CBS
first_aired = January 12, 1971
last_aired = April 8, 1979
num_seasons = 9
num_episodes = 202
followed_by="Archie Bunker's Place"
related="Maude" "The Jeffersons" "Gloria" "704 Hauser"
imdb_id = 0066626

"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" [ [ According to an article by Michael B. Kassel on the "The Museum of Broadcast Communications".] ] , 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, 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. [ [ "The 100 Greatest TV Characters" at] ]


Veteran character actor Carroll O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker, a working-class, very outspoken bigot, prejudiced against everyone and everything not in agreement with his view of the world. His ignorance and stubbornness tend to cause his malapropism-filled arguments to self-destruct. He often responds to uncomfortable truths by blowing a raspberry. He longs for simpler times, when people sharing his viewpoint were in charge, as evidenced by the nostalgic theme song, "Those Were the Days," the show's original title. (In the first pilot filmed, the family name was Justice rather than Bunker [ [ "Those Were the Days" at the Internet Movie Database] ] .)

By contrast, his wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) is a sweet, understanding, if somewhat dense woman. She usually defers to her husband, but on the rare occasions when she takes a stand, she proves to be one of the wisest characters. This is perhaps best seen in episodes "" and "". Archie often tells her to "stifle" herself and calls her a "dingbat", [This is an allusion to an early 20th Century comic strip, "The Dingbat Family", by cartoonist George Herriman.] but despite their very different personalities, they love each other deeply.

They have one child, Gloria (Sally Struthers), who is married to baby boomer hippie college student Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner). Michael is part of the counterculture of the 1960s. He and Archie represent the real-life clash between the two generations: those who came of age during World War II and those who came of age during the Vietnam War. They constantly clash over religious, political, social, and personal issues. For much of the series, the Stivics live in the Bunker home to save money, providing even more opportunity for the two men to irritate each other. When they finally move out, it is to the house next door, offered to them by George Jefferson, the owner, who knew it would get to Archie. Archie frequently calls his son-in-law "meathead" and "Polack" (pronounced Polock) to insult Michael's intelligence and Polish ancestry respectively.

The show is set in the Astoria [] section of Queens, one of New York City's five boroughs.


Main characters

*Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, frequently called a "lovable bigot," an assertively prejudiced blue-collar worker. Former child actor Mickey Rooney was Lear's choice to play Archie, but Rooney declined the offer due to the strong potential for controversy and, in Rooney's opinion, poor chance for success. O'Connor enthusiastically sought the part, even though he agreed with Rooney's assessment. O'Connor was living in Italy at the time, and made his acceptance contingent on Lear's covering his airfare back to Italy if the show failed. At the end of the 1973-74 season, O'Connor attempted to renegotiate his contract. When he and producers reached a stalemate, he went on strike. To work around his absence, the writers devised a three-part episode in which Archie disappears on his way to a convention (O'Connor only appears for less than a minute, at the very end of the third part). Had O'Connor not returned to work by the time taping began on the third part, the writers had reportedly planned to kill the character off.Fact|date=August 2008 Ironically, O'Connor, the actor who fought the most with Lear, remained with the series throughout its run, including the "Archie Bunker's Place" era. All the other actors either were written off before the end of its run or debuted in later seasons. O'Connor appeared in all but seven episodes.

*Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker, née Baines. Stapleton remained with the show all through the original series run, but decided to leave before the first season of "Archie Bunker's Place" had wrapped up. At that point, Edith was written out as having suffered a stroke and died off camera, leaving Archie to deal with the death of his beloved "dingbat". Stapleton appeared in almost every show with the exception of four.

*Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker-Stivic, the Bunkers' college-age daughter, married to Michael Stivic. Gloria frequently attempts to mediate Archie and Michael's arguments. The roles of Archie and Edith's daughter and son-in-law (then named "Dickie") initially went to Candice Azzara and Chip Oliver. However, after seeing the show's pilot, the original production company, ABC, requested a second pilot, expressing dissatisfaction with both actors. Lear recast the "Gloria" and "Dickie" roles with Struthers and Reiner. Penny Marshall, whom Reiner married in April 1971, shortly after the program began, was also considered for the role of Gloria.

*Rob Reiner as Michael Stivic, Gloria's Polish-American hippie husband who is part of the counterculture of the 1960s. He constantly spars with Archie (in the original pilot, the character was Irish-American). As discussed in "All in the Family" retrospectives, Richard Dreyfuss sought the part, but Norman Lear was convinced to cast Reiner.

upporting characters

* Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford and Mike Evans as George Jefferson, his wife Louise and their son Lionel, Archie's African American neighbors. George is Archie's combative black counterpart, while Louise is a smarter, more assertive version of Edith. Lionel and Louise joined the show in its first season. Although previously mentioned many times, George was not seen until 1973. Hemsley, who was Norman Lear's first choice to play George, was performing in the Broadway musical "Purlie" and did not want to break his commitment to that show. However, Lear kept the role waiting for him until he had finished with the musical.

*Mel Stewart, as George's brother Henry Jefferson. Stewart filled in for Hemsley. The two appeared together only once, in the 1973 episode in which the Bunkers host Henry's going-away party, marking Stewart's final episode and Hemsley's first. Even when the Jeffersons were spun off into their own show in 1975, Stewart's character was rarely referred to again and was never seen. In the closing credits of the "" episode, Mel Stewart is incorrectly credited as playing George Jefferson. Stewart was actually playing George's brother, Henry Jefferson, who was pretending to be George for most of the episode.

*Betty Garrett and Vincent Gardenia as the liberal and Roman Catholic next-door neighbors Irene and Frank Lorenzo. They joined the show as semi-regulars in 1973; Gardenia only stayed for one season, but Garrett remained until her character was phased out in late 1975, later resurfacing as a regular in the sitcom "Laverne and Shirley".

*Danielle Brisebois as Edith's 9-year old niece, Stephanie Mills. The Bunkers take her in after the child's father, Floyd Mills, abandons her on their doorstep in 1978. (He later extorts money from them to let them keep her.) She would remain with the show through its transition to "Archie Bunker's Place".

*Allan Melvin as Archie's neighbor and best friend Barney Hefner. The character first appeared in 1972 as a fairly minor character. Barney's role expanded toward the end of the series, after the departures of Reiner and Struthers.

Recurring characters

*James Cromwell as Jerome [] "Stretch" Cunningham (1973-1976), Archie's friend and coworker from the loading dock. What Archie did not know was that Stretch was Jewish, evident only after Stretch died and Archie went to the funeral.

*Liz Torres as Theresa Betencourt (1976-1977), a Latina nursing student, who initially meets Archie when he is admitted to the hospital for surgery; she later rents Mike and Gloria's former room at the Bunker house.

*Bob Hastings as Kelcy or Tommy Kelsey, who owns the bar Archie frequents and later buys.

*Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden, a bartender at Kelcy's Bar who continues to work there after Archie purchases it and eventually becomes his business partner.

*Gloria LeRoy as Mildred "Boom-Boom" Turner, a buxom, middle-aged secretary at the plant where Archie works, who is not initially fond of Archie due to his and Stretch's leering and sexist behavior, but later becomes friendly with him, occasionally working as a barmaid at Archie's Place.

*Barnard Hughes as Father Majeskie, a local Catholic priest who was suspected by Archie one time of trying to convert Edith. He appeared in multiple episodes.

Actors in multiple roles

A number of actors played multiple roles during the show's run:

* Jean Stapleton played both Edith Bunker and Judith Klammerstadt in the episode "". The end credits list actress "Giovanna Pucci" for the latter character. In fact, this is a play on words with Stapleton's married name: Jean Putch.

*Vincent Gardenia portrayed neighbor Jim Bowman, who sells the Jeffersons their house in "Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood"; Curtis Rempley, half of a wife-swapping couple Edith befriends in "The Bunkers and the Swingers" (from the show's first and third seasons respectively); and later had a recurring role as neighbor Frank Lorenzo during the 1973-74 season.

*Gloria LeRoy played the wife of one of Archie's old Army buddies (Duke Loomis) in third season episode "The Threat" and later portrayed Mildred "Boom-Boom" Turner in a few episodes between 1974 and 1978.

*Allan Melvin played New York Police Department Sergeant Paul Pulaski in the second-season episode "" and later played the recurring role of Archie's best friend Barney Hefner from 1972 on.

*Marcia Rodd appeared in two episodes during the 1971-1972 season, playing two different characters, first as a single mother who accuses Mike of being the father of her eight-year old son in "", and Maude's daughter Carol in the episode "". (Adrienne Barbeau would take over the role of Carol on spinoff series "Maude".)

* Bill Macy first appeared as a uniformed Police Officer in the "Archie Sees a Mugging" episode before returning as Maude's husband in "Maude" (1972).

* Roscoe Lee Browne appears as Hugh Victor Thompson III in "The Elevator Story" (1972) and then returns as Jean Duval in "Archie in the Hospital" (1973).

*Burt Mustin played the role of night watchman Harry Feeney in the episode titled . He came back later in a few episodes, as Justin Quigley, starting with .

* Sorrell Booke (who played Boss Hogg in the Dukes of Hazzard) played Mr. Bennett, the owner of a television station in "Archie and the Editorial (1972)" and then returned four more times as Mr. Sanders, Archie's boss down at the loading dock.

"Kelcy" or "Kelsey"

The name of the establishment is Kelcy's Bar (as seen in the bar window in various episodes). However, due to a continuity error, the end credits of episodes involving the bar owner spell the name "Kelcy" for the first two seasons and "Kelsey" thereafter, although the end credits show "Kelcy" in the "" episode.

Controversial nature

In a warning to viewers, CBS ran a disclaimer before airing the first episode (which disappeared from the screen with the sound of a toilet flushing):

"The program you are about to see is" All in the Family". It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter we hope to show, in a mature fashion, just how absurd they are."

"All in the Family" was notorious for featuring language and epithets previously absent from television, such as "fag" for homosexual, "hebe" for Jews, "spic" for Hispanics, "dago" and "wop" for Italians, "chink" for Asians, "spade" for blacks, and phrases such as "God damn it." It was also famous for being the first major television show to feature the sound of a flushing toilet; it became a running gag on the show.

While moral watchdogs attacked the show on those grounds, others objected to the show's portrayal of Archie Bunker as a "lovable" bigot. Defenders of the series pointed out that Archie usually lost his arguments by reason of his own stupidity. (It is perhaps worth noting that Alf Garnett, Archie Bunker's counterpart in the original British series, was far from lovable and used much stronger language that would not have been allowed on US network television.)

In addition to its candid political dialogs, "All in the Family"'s story lines also included a sense of realism, and occasional forays into deathly serious subject matter, not previously associated with sitcoms. A 1973 episode, for example, found the Bunkers discovering a swastika painted on their front door. (It had been intended for their Jewish neighbors down the street.) An activist from the Jewish Defense League showed up, proposing violent retaliation against whoever painted it, but upon leaving, he was blown up in his car, as the Bunkers watched in horror from their front door. To interweave illness, crime, or in this case, the off-screen violent death of a character into the plot of a comedy show was an unprecedented move.

While Archie's bigotry and short-sightedness were the focus of much of the humor, Mike Stivic's naive liberal nature was on the receiving end of occasional jabs. In the episode , where the family is held by African-American burglars, Mike attempts to intervene on Archie's behalf, explaining to the burglars how Archie does not know about the pain of ghetto poverty. One of the burglars, played by Demond Wilson and Cleavon Little, responds: "And YOU do?"


Lear bought the rights to "Till Death Us Do Part" and incorporated his own family experiences with his father into the show. Lear's father would tell Lear's mother to "stifle herself" and she would tell Lear's father "you are the laziest white man I ever saw" (two 'Archieisms' that found their way onto the show).

There were three different pilots shot for the series, first, shot in New York in 1968, was named "Justice For All" in reference to Archie's family name (later changed to Bunker). The second, shot in Hollywood in 1969, was titled to "Those Were the Days". Different actors played the roles of Mike, Gloria, and Lionel in the first two.

ABC became uneasy and canceled the project at about the time Richard Dreyfuss sought the role of Michael. Rival network CBS was eager to update its image, and was looking to replace much of its then popular "rural" programming ("Mayberry R.F.D., The Beverly Hillbillies", "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres") with more "urban", contemporary fare (see Rural purge), and was interested in Lear's project. They bought the rights from ABC and re-titled the show "All in the Family".

Lear initially wanted to shoot in black and white, perhaps feeling that it would emphasize the Bunkers' stark surroundings to greater effect. While CBS insisted on color, Lear had the set furnished in rather neutral tones, keeping everything relatively devoid of color.

"All in the Family" was the first major American series to be videotaped in front of a live studio audience. At the time, sitcoms were shot on film in front of an audience (like Mary Tyler Moore and The Dick Van Dyke Show), and the 1960s had seen a growing number of sitcoms filmed on soundstages without audiences, with a laugh track simulating audience response. After the success of "All in the Family", videotaping sitcoms in front of an audience became common format for the genre during the 70s. However, the use of videotape also gave "All in the Family" the look and feel of the classic sitcoms of early television, which had been performed live before a studio audience (including the original live broadcasts of "The Honeymooners", to which "All in the Family" is sometimes compared).

In the final season, the practice changed to playing the already taped and edited show to an audience and recording their laughter to add to the original sound track. Thus, the voice-over during the end credits was changed from Rob Reiner's "All in the Family" was recorded on tape before a live audience" to Carroll O'Connor's "All in the Family" was played to a studio audience for live responses." (Typically, the audience would be gathered for a taping of "One Day At A Time", and get to see "All In the Family" as a bonus.) Throughout its run, Norman Lear took pride in the fact that canned laughter was never used (mentioning this on many occasions); the laughter heard in the episodes was genuine.

The house shown in the opening credits is located at 89-70 Cooper Avenue in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, New York. One may notice there is no porch on that house. The fictional address of the Bunker home was 704 Hauser Street and a number of scenes took place on a porch during the series' run.


"All in the Family" is the first of three sitcoms in which all the main characters won Emmy Awards (O'Connor, Stapleton, Struthers, and Reiner). The other two are "The Golden Girls" and "Will & Grace".

It won numerous Emmys:
*Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Carroll O'Connor, 1972, 1977-1979
*Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Jean Stapleton, 1971, 1972, 1978
*Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series - Sally Struthers, 1972 (tied with Valerie Harper for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), 1979
*Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series - Rob Reiner, 1974, 1978
*Outstanding New Series - Norman Lear, 1971
*Outstanding Comedy Series - Norman Lear, 1971, 1972, 1973 (with John Rich); Mort Lachman and Milt Josefsberg, 1978
*Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series - John Rich, 1972; Paul Bogart, 1978
*Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Burt Styler, 1972; Michael Ross, Bernard West and Lee Kalcheim, 1973; Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Barry Harman and Harvey Bronsten, 1978
*Outstanding Live or Tape Sound Mixing - Norman Dewes, 1972

It was nominated an additional 34 times.

Its Golden Globe Awards are:
*Best TV Actor, Musical/Comedy - Carroll O'Connor, 1972
*Best TV Actress, Musical/Comedy - Jean Stapleton, 1973, 1974
*Best Supporting Actress, Television - Betty Garrett, 1975
*Best TV Show, Musical/Comedy - 1972-74, 1978

There were also 21 nominations.


The longest sustained audience laughter in the show's history occurred in the famous episode-ending scene in which guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. plays himself. Archie is working as a cabdriver. Davis leaves a briefcase behind in his taxi and goes to the Bunker home to pick it up. Davis asks for a photograph with Archie. At the moment of the photograph Davis, after hearing some of Archie's racist remarks, suddenly kisses a stunned Archie on the cheek. The ensuing laughter went on for so long that it had to be severely edited for network broadcast, as Carroll O'Connor still had one line ("Well, what the hell — he said it was in his contract!") to deliver after the kiss. (The line is usually cut in syndication.)


"All In the Family" is one of two television shows, "The Cosby Show" being the other, that has been number 1 in the Nielsen Ratings for five consecutive TV seasons.

The ratings for each season, at the end of the season, were:The series finale brought in 40.2 million viewersFact|date=December 2007

pin-offs and TV special

"All in the Family" spawned several spin-offs, beginning with "Maude" on September 12, 1972. Maude Findlay, played by Beatrice Arthur, was Edith's cousin; she had first appeared on "All in the Family" in December 1971 in order to help take care of the Bunkers when they all were sick. Maude disliked Archie intensely, mainly because she thought Edith could have married better, but also because Archie was a conservative while Maude was very liberal in her politics. Maude was featured in another "All in the Family" episode in which Archie and Edith visited Maude's home in Westchester County to attend the wedding of Maude's daughter Carol — it aired near the end of the second season in the spring of 1972. The episode was essentially designed to set up the premise for the spin-off series "Maude". In the episode, Bill Macy played Maude's husband, Walter; it was a role he would reprise for the weekly series that fall. Marcia Rodd, the actress who played Carol in the episode, was replaced by Adrienne Barbeau in "Maude".

The second and longest-lasting spin-off of "All in the Family" was "The Jeffersons". Debuting on CBS on January 18, 1975 "The Jeffersons" lasted 11 seasons compared to "All in the Family's" 9 seasons. The main characters of "The Jeffersons" were the Bunkers' former next-door neighbors George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) and his wife, Louise "Weezie" Jefferson (Isabel Sanford). George Jefferson was the owner of a chain of seven successful dry-cleaning stores; as "The Jeffersons" begins, they have just moved from the Bunkers' neighborhood to a luxury high-rise apartment building in Manhattan's Upper East Side. George was considered to be the "Black Archie Bunker", and just as racist as Archie. George and Louise would later appear on the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". They bought the Banks mansion on the last show.

Other spin-offs of "All in the Family" include:
*"Archie Bunker's Place" was technically a spin-off, but was more of a continuation of the series.
*"Gloria", wherein Gloria divorces Mike and starts a new life.
*"704 Hauser" features the Bunkers' house with a new family.

There were also two spin-offs from spin-offs of "All in the Family":
*"Good Times", features Maude's former maid Florida Evans and her family in a Chicago housing project.
*"Checking In", the Jeffersons' maid Florence gets her own show.

A 90-minute retrospective, "All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special", was produced to commemorate the show's 20th anniversary which aired on CBS February 16, 1991. It was hosted by the creator, Norman Lear, and featured a compilation of clips from the show's best moments including interviews with cast members Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. Reiner and Lear promoted the special the previous week on "The Arsenio Hall Show".

Theme song

The series' opening theme song "Those Were the Days", [cite web|url=|title= Text of the song.] written by Lee Adams (lyrics) and Charles Strouse (music), was presented in a unique way for a 1970s series: Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton seated at a console or spinet piano (played by Stapleton) and singing the tune on-camera at the start of every episode, concluding with live-audience applause. Several different performances were recorded over the run of the series, including one version that includes additional lyrics. The song is a simple, pentatonic melody (that can be played exclusively with black keys on a piano) in which Archie and Edith wax nostalgic for the simpler days of yesteryear. The additional lyrics in the longer version lend to the song a greater sense of sadness, and make poignant reference to social changes taking place in the sixties. A few perceptible drifts can be observed when listening to each version chronologically: In the original version Jean Stapleton was wearing glasses and after the first time the lyric "Those Were The Days" were sung over the tonic (root chord of the song's key) the piano strikes a Dominant 7th chord in transition to the next part which is absent from subsequent versions. Jean Stapleton's screeching high note on the line "And you knew who you WEEERRE then" became louder, longer, and more comical, Carroll O'Connor's pronunciation of "welfare state" gained more of Archie's trademark enunciation and the closing lyrics (especially "Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.") were sung with increasingly deliberate articulation, as viewers had initially complained that they could not understand the words. Also in the original version the camera angle was shot slightly from the right side of the talent as opposed to the straight on angle of the next version. In one version, at the conclusion Archie hugs Edith at the end, while another verson sees Edith smilling blissfully at Archie, while Archie puts a cigar in his mouth and returns a rather annoyed look to Edith.

In interviews, Norman Lear stated that the idea for the piano song introduction was a cost-cutting measure. After completion of the pilot episode, the budget would not allow an elaborate scene to serve as the sequence played during the show's opening credits. Lear decided to have a simple scene of Archie and Edith singing at the piano.

The closing theme (an instrumental) was "Remembering You" played by Roger Kellaway with lyrics co-written by Carroll O'Connor. It was played over footage of houses in Queens intended to represent the Bunkers' neighborhood.

Except for some brief instances in the very first episodes, there was no background or transitional music.

Cultural impact

*Then-US President Richard Nixon can be heard discussing the show (specifically the 1971 episodes "Writing the President" and "Judging Books by Covers") on one of the infamous Watergate tapes. [cite web |url= |title=Nixon on Tape Expounds on Welfare and Homosexuality |publisher=Chicago Tribune |date=1999-11-07 |last=Warren |first=James]

* Popular T-shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers showing O'Connor's image and farcically promoting "Archie Bunker for President" appeared around the time of the 1972 presidential election. A number of voters were said to have voted for the fictional TV character as a write-in candidate.

* Archie and Edith's chairs are now in the Smithsonian Institution. [NMAH, The Bunker's Chairs [] ] Originally purchased by the show's set designer for a few dollars at a local Goodwill thrift store, the originals were given to the Smithsonian (for an exhibit on American television history) in 1978. It cost producers thousands of dollars to create replicas to replace the originals.

* In 1998 All in the Family was honored on a 33-cent stamp by the USPS. [All in the Family stamp at via the Smithsonian Institute [] ]

* On the TV series "Family Guy", the opening sequence shows Peter and Lois Griffin playing the piano and singing, which is an homage to the opening sequence for "All in the Family". Also, the "Family Guy" episode "PTV" depicts a fictional "All in the Family" scene where Archie and Edith get the Jeffersons to move by burning a cross on their lawn while dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan. However, a two-part episode called "" shows that Archie does not approve of the racist organization. The closing credits are also parodied in the episode Stewie Loves Lois.

* On pseudo 70's TV series "That 70's Show", "Kelso's Serenade", Eric Foreman and Donna Pinciotti replace Archie and Edith during a short clip as Eric is turning into a quasi-Archie Bunker. Shortly after the skit Donna says, "Don't get all Archie Bunker on me or I will kick your ass to the moon!"

* An episode of "The Simpsons", "Lisa's Sax", features a parody of the opening sequence of "All in the Family", with Marge playing piano and Marge and Homer singing an updated version of "Those were the Days". The episode then proceeds to state that it was filmed in front of a live studio audience. Homer Simpson also has some notable comparisons to Archie as well. including his first line following the intro to Bart: "hey there "meathead' what are you watching?" [cite web |url= |title=Homer Simpson and Archie Bunker the similarities are astonishing |publisher=The Simpsons Archive |date=2007 |last=Archive |first=The Simpsons]

*The show inspired the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" and the DePatie-Freleng cartoon series "Meet the Barkleys".

* In the series "The Golden Girls", in an episode where the girls discover their neighbor's palm tree has crashed into their yard after a storm, their neighbors make an appearance and have personalities very similar to the Bunkers.

*There is an Amazing Race episode called "I've Become the Archie Bunker of the Home".

*The television series "History Bites" was also known to parody the show, as witnessed in the "Talkin' Turkey" [cite web|url=|title=Recap of the "Talkin' Turkey" episode on] episode.

*"All in the Family" is the first of three sitcoms in which all the main characters won Emmy Awards (O'Connor, Stapleton, Struthers, and Reiner). The other two are "The Golden Girls" and "Will & Grace".

*Part of the Bunker kitchen set was used more than 25 years after the show's debut for another CBS sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond".

DVD releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (formerly Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment) has released the first six seasons of "All in the Family" on DVD in Region 1.

Season releases

ee also

*"Till Death Us Do Part"
*"Archie Bunker's Place"
*"All In A Family" - a popular Hong Kong sitcom/soap opera also based on "Till Death Us Do Part"


Further reading

*"All in the Family: A Critical Appraisal", edited by Richard P. Adler, (Praeger; 1979) ISBN 0-275-90326-5
*"Archie & Edith, Mike & Gloria : the Tumultuous History of All in the Family", Donna McCrohan, (Workman Publishing; 1988) ISBN 0-89480-527-4
*"Stay Tuned: Television's Unforgettable Moments", Joe Garner, (Andrews McMeel Publishing; 2002) ISBN 0-7407-2693-5

External links

* [ Encyclopedia of Television entry on "All in the Family"]
* [ "All in the Family" on]
* [ "All in the Family" on TV.Com]
* [ "All In The Family": 35 Years Of Defining Moments] (WCBS-TV story with video, January 12, 2006)

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