History Series / AllInTheFamily

1st May '16 3:08:52 PM WhatArtThee
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The impact of the show was such that it became the focus of a heated national debate on whether the use of comedy was an appropriate means by which to combat prejudice and social inequality. Never before had a situation comedy, light family fare for the most part, ever treaded such heady waters.

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The impact of the show was such that it became the focus of a heated national debate on whether the use of comedy was an appropriate means by which to combat prejudice and social inequality. Never before had a situation comedy, light family fare for the most part, ever treaded such heady waters. Very few shows had tried to combine controversy and comedy before.
1st May '16 3:05:53 PM WhatArtThee
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The following series were [[SpinOff spinoffs]] directly or indirectly resulting from the show or characters appearing during its run. Note that several of them were critical and commercial successes in their own right.

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The following series were show's success inspired quite a few [[SpinOff spinoffs]] directly or indirectly resulting from the show or characters appearing during its run. Note that run, and several of them were critical and commercial successes in their own right.
1st May '16 3:05:11 PM WhatArtThee
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From the start, ''All in the Family'' broke a large number of unwritten network rules, particularly with the issues which were considered acceptable to air on public TV. Archie's language was laced with epithets common on the street but ''never'' heard on television. Mike and Gloria, the Bunkers' daughter, made it clear that they had an active and healthy sex life. Even the Bunkers' toilet was the first one heard actively used on air. As the show continued, it tackled a wide variety of taboo topics, either directly, or through the medium of Archie's debates with Mike and others. These included race relations, gender roles, homosexuality, war, economy, political current events, abortion, rape, child custody, and other issues that, if not new in the 1970s, were most certainly not brought up in a comedy show. Even in the later seasons, where the show had lost some of its initial lustre, there were episodes which stand out as some of the best ever put to air.

The impact of the show was such that it became the focus of a heated national debate on whether the use of comedy was an appropriate means by which to combat prejudice and social inequality. Never before had a situation comedy, light family fare for the most part, ever treaded such heady waters. It may be said that few have done so since, at least not nearly as well. It tread the line; its humour was iconoclastic and defiant of convention without being a BlackComedy, yet it was also socially relevant and insightful without being noticeably [[RippedFromTheHeadlines trendy in its opinions]] or [[VerySpecialEpisode exceptionally preachy]].

Even by today's standards, it's an incredibly frank sitcom, and head and shoulders the best, and funniest show to combine controversy with good taste. For example in one episode the family meet Creator/SammyDavisJr, and after almost an entire episode of Archie sounding like a complete racist while trying not to, Sammy responds:

-> ''"If you were prejudiced, Archie, when I came into your house you woulda called me a 'coon', or a 'nigger'. But you didn't say that, I heard you clear as a bell, right straight-out you said 'colored'!"''

Can you imagine ''any'' sitcom daring to air a line like that today? And this from a show that never even came ''close'' to dropping an f-bomb.

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From the start, ''All in the Family'' broke a large number of unwritten network rules, particularly with the issues which were considered acceptable to air on public TV. Archie's language was laced with epithets common on the street but ''never'' heard on television. Mike and Gloria, the Bunkers' daughter, made it clear that they had an active and healthy sex life. Even the Bunkers' toilet was the first one heard actively used on air. As the show continued, it tackled a wide variety of taboo topics, either directly, or through the medium of Archie's debates with Mike and others. These included race relations, gender roles, homosexuality, war, economy, political current events, abortion, rape, child custody, and other issues that, if not new in the 1970s, were most certainly not brought up in a comedy show. Even in the later seasons, where the show had lost some of its initial lustre, there were episodes which stand out as some of the best ever put to air.

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The impact of the show was such that it became the focus of a heated national debate on whether the use of comedy was an appropriate means by which to combat prejudice and social inequality. Never before had a situation comedy, light family fare for the most part, ever treaded such heady waters. It may be said that few have done so since, at least not nearly as well. It tread the line; its humour was iconoclastic and defiant of convention without being a BlackComedy, yet it was also socially relevant and insightful without being noticeably [[RippedFromTheHeadlines trendy in its opinions]] or [[VerySpecialEpisode exceptionally preachy]].\n\nEven by today's standards, it's an incredibly frank sitcom, and head and shoulders the best, and funniest show to combine controversy with good taste. For example in one episode the family meet Creator/SammyDavisJr, and after almost an entire episode of Archie sounding like a complete racist while trying not to, Sammy responds:\n\n-> ''"If you were prejudiced, Archie, when I came into your house you woulda called me a 'coon', or a 'nigger'. But you didn't say that, I heard you clear as a bell, right straight-out you said 'colored'!"''\n\nCan you imagine ''any'' sitcom daring to air a line like that today? And this from a show that never even came ''close'' to dropping an f-bomb.\n
12th Apr '16 9:07:30 PM MasoTey
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* ColorMeBlack: PlayedWith in a couple of episodes. In one episode Archie has a gallbladder operation and ends up getting blood donated from a black person, much to his consternation. Several seasons later when the KKK move into Queens he invokes the transfusion as having made him part black, so he can call on his black brothers to protest the KKK meeting house.

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* ColorMeBlack: PlayedWith in a couple of episodes. In one episode Archie has a gallbladder operation and ends up getting blood donated from a black person, much to his consternation. Several seasons later The next season when the KKK move into Queens he invokes the transfusion as having made him part black, so he can call on his black brothers to protest the KKK meeting house.
12th Apr '16 9:03:46 PM MasoTey
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* ColorMeBlack: PlayedWith in a couple of episodes. In one episode Archie has a gallbladder operation and ends up getting blood donated from a black man, much to his consternation. Several seasons later when the KKK move into Queens he invokes the transfusion as having made him part black, so he can call on his black brothers to protest the KKK meeting house.

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* ColorMeBlack: PlayedWith in a couple of episodes. In one episode Archie has a gallbladder operation and ends up getting blood donated from a black man, person, much to his consternation. Several seasons later when the KKK move into Queens he invokes the transfusion as having made him part black, so he can call on his black brothers to protest the KKK meeting house.
29th Mar '16 12:44:16 AM Mdumas43073
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27th Feb '16 3:29:49 PM AnotherGuy
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* DrivenToSuicide: Mocked. Archie would pantomime killing himself whenever Edith went on a long MotorMouth rant.
20th Feb '16 9:15:09 PM Mdumas43073
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''All in the Family'' was a groundbreaking and controversial Creator/{{CBS}} {{sitcom}} from NormanLear, based on the [[BritCom British sitcom]] ''[='Til Death Us Do Part=]''. It aired from 1971 to 1979 (and on to 1983, if the run of ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' is counted). The show has consistently been rated one of the greatest television shows of all time. It was the highest-rated show in the U.S. for five consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1976, and earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards (as did each of its lead actors) as well as a Peabody during its run.

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''All in the Family'' was a A groundbreaking and controversial Creator/{{CBS}} {{sitcom}} from NormanLear, based on the [[BritCom British sitcom]] ''[='Til Death Us Do Part=]''. It aired from 1971 to 1979 (and on to 1983, if the run of ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' is counted). The show has consistently been rated one of the greatest television shows of all time. It was the highest-rated show in the U.S. for five consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1976, and earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards (as did each of its lead actors) as well as a Peabody during its run.
18th Feb '16 12:02:29 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''All in the Family''''' was a groundbreaking and controversial Creator/{{CBS}} {{sitcom}} from NormanLear, based on the [[BritCom British sitcom]] ''[='Til Death Us Do Part=]''. It aired from 1971 to 1979 (and on to 1983, if the run of ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' is counted). The show has consistently been rated one of the greatest television shows of all time. It was the highest-rated show in the U.S. for five consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1976, and earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards (as did each of its lead actors) as well as a Peabody during its run.

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'''''All ''All in the Family''''' Family'' was a groundbreaking and controversial Creator/{{CBS}} {{sitcom}} from NormanLear, based on the [[BritCom British sitcom]] ''[='Til Death Us Do Part=]''. It aired from 1971 to 1979 (and on to 1983, if the run of ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' is counted). The show has consistently been rated one of the greatest television shows of all time. It was the highest-rated show in the U.S. for five consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1976, and earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards (as did each of its lead actors) as well as a Peabody during its run.
9th Feb '16 7:11:30 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* TransEqualsGay: Beverly LaSalle, a recurring gay character, is a cross-dresser. The show also averted the trope with an earlier episode featuring one of Archie's pals as a ManlyGay man.

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* TransEqualsGay: Beverly LaSalle, [=LaSalle=], a recurring gay character, is a cross-dresser. The show also averted the trope with an earlier episode featuring one of Archie's pals as a ManlyGay man.
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