History Series / AllInTheFamily

25th Nov '16 4:46:10 PM snichols1973
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* HomoeroticSubtext: In Season 8's "Cousin Liz" episode, Archie and Edith go to a motel to attend the funeral of Edith's cousin Liz. Archie is hoping to receive the silver tea service set which has been in Edith's family for 100 years. Veronica approaches Edith, asking to keep the service, stating that she and Liz had afternoon tea from the service for 25 years. Veronica struggles to explain her relationship with Liz, saying it was "more like a marriage". An understanding Edith reluctantly gives the tea set to Veronica, much to Archie's chagrin. If Archie were to publicize Veronica's lesbianism, she would have lost her teaching job and been ostracized by the community. Edith tells Veronica to keep the tea set and Archie ultimately relents and suggests that she should go and find herself a man.



* LesYay: In Season 8's "Cousin Liz" episode, Archie and Edith go to a motel to attend the funeral of Edith's cousin Liz. Archie is hoping to receive the silver tea service set which has been in Edith's family for 100 years. Veronica approaches Edith, asking to keep the service, stating that she and Liz had afternoon tea from the service for 25 years. Veronica struggles to explain her relationship with Liz, saying it was "more like a marriage". An understanding Edith reluctantly gives the tea set to Veronica, much to Archie's chagrin. If Archie were to publicize Veronica's lesbianism, she would have lost her teaching job and been ostracized by the community. Edith tells Veronica to keep the tea set and Archie ultimately relents and suggests that she should go and find herself a man.
25th Nov '16 4:42:11 PM snichols1973
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* LesYay: In Season 8's "Cousin Liz" episode, Archie and Edith go to a motel to attend the funeral of Edith's cousin Liz. Archie is hoping to receive the silver tea service set which has been in Edith's family for 100 years. Veronica approaches Edith, asking to keep the service, stating that she and Liz had afternoon tea from the service for 25 years. Veronica struggles to explain her relationship with Liz, saying it was "more like a marriage". An understanding Edith reluctantly gives the tea set to Veronica, much to Archie's chagrin. If Archie were to publicize Veronica's lesbianism, she would have lost her teaching job and been ostracized by the community. Edith tells Veronica to keep the tea set and Archie ultimately relents and suggests that she should go and find herself a man.
18th Jun '16 2:18:03 PM SteveMB
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* GrumpyBear: Archie was this to an exent.

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* GrumpyBear: Archie was this to an exent.extent.
* GuiltByAssociationGag: After a news report about a protest Mike is attending indicates that things are starting to turn ugly, Gloria inveigles Archie into going to find Mike and bring him home. A bit later, Mike returns home and describes what went on up to the point where he left just as the cops were starting to arrest everybody in sight. Cue [[ExplainExplainOhCrap horrified realization]] and a cut to Archie in jail along with a bunch of hippie protestors.
13th Jun '16 6:08:26 AM crazyrabbits
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* AbsenteeActor: George Jefferson was [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen kept offscreen]] until season 3 due to actor Sherman Helmsley's commitment to a Broadway show.

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George Jefferson was [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen kept offscreen]] until season 3 due to actor Sherman Helmsley's Hemsley's commitment to a Broadway show.



* AffectionateNickname: Archie usually addressed Gloria as his "Little Girl".

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* AffectionateNickname: AffectionateNickname:
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Archie usually addressed Gloria as his "Little Girl".



** The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' opening credits sequence is a ShoutOut to the show.
*** And one ''Family Guy'' episode ("Stewie Loves Lois") parodies the ClosingCredits sequence.

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** The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' opening credits sequence is a ShoutOut to the show.
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show, and one ''Family Guy'' episode ("Stewie Loves Lois") parodies the ClosingCredits sequence.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Every now and then in each season they need to make an episode that reminds the audience that yes, Archie is an asshole and gets frustrated with Edith a lot, but for all their squabbles, he loves her just as much as she does him, if not even ''more'' so.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther:
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Every now and then in each season they need to make an episode that reminds the audience that yes, Archie is an asshole and gets frustrated with Edith a lot, but for all their squabbles, he loves her just as much as she does him, if not even ''more'' so.



*** That all said, there were times where Archie and more than once, even Mike pissed Edith off. Archie's cases came when he too often opened his mouth, going on tirades about how certain things were "God's business" ... to which Edith would throw it right back at him and say, "Then you let God tend to that business" (and in essence, you butt out). Mike would do it when he either wasn't thinking or when he'd go on the occasional tirade about Archie and how life is better for him than he this hateful, ignorant racist asshole truly deserves; Edith, while admitting she doesn't always see eye-to-eye with her husband, would set her son-in-law straight very swiftly and decisively.

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*** ** That all said, there were times where Archie and more than once, even Mike pissed Edith off. Archie's cases came when he too often opened his mouth, going on tirades about how certain things were "God's business" ... to which Edith would throw it right back at him and say, "Then you let God tend to that business" (and in essence, you butt out). Mike would do it when he either wasn't thinking or when he'd go on the occasional tirade about Archie and how life is better for him than he this hateful, ignorant racist asshole truly deserves; Edith, while admitting she doesn't always see eye-to-eye with her husband, would set her son-in-law straight very swiftly and decisively.



* BigotVsBigot: Archie vs. Mike.

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* BigotVsBigot: BigotVsBigot:
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Archie vs. Mike.



* CerebusSyndrome: The first seasons treated issues more lightly (almost bordering in farce, such as the DreamSequence in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness "Writing the President"]]) while later seasons tended to be closer to a comedy-drama. Also Archie progressed from being a total {{Jerkass}} to just a GrumpyBear, while Mike's hypocrisy was increasingly played up.

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* CerebusSyndrome: CerebusSyndrome:
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The first seasons treated issues more lightly (almost bordering in farce, such as the DreamSequence in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness "Writing the President"]]) while later seasons tended to be closer to a comedy-drama. Also Archie progressed from being a total {{Jerkass}} to just a GrumpyBear, while Mike's hypocrisy was increasingly played up.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Frank and Irene Lorenzo, an Italian Catholic couple who moved into the neighborhood, began appearing in season 4. Frank was phased out without explanation after one season; Irene hung on a couple more years before vanishing without a trace herself.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Frank and Irene Lorenzo, an Italian Catholic couple who moved into the neighborhood, began appearing in season 4. Frank was phased out without explanation after one season; Irene hung on a couple more years before vanishing without a trace herself.



* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening credits featured Archie and Edith singing and playing the piano in front of the live studio audience (who would applaud at the end). Several different versions were used throughout the show's run, the first version noted for the burst of audience laughter at Edith's singing.
** This was a very literal example...CBS didn't want to waste money on an opening title sequence for a show that wasn't likely (in their opinion) to go past 13 weeks (if it even aired at all). Lear created this now classic opening since it was all he could afford.

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* DoItYourselfThemeTune: DoItYourselfThemeTune:
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The opening credits featured Archie and Edith singing and playing the piano in front of the live studio audience (who would applaud at the end). Several different versions were used throughout the show's run, the first version noted for the burst of audience laughter at Edith's singing.
** This was a very literal example...CBS didn't want to waste money on an opening title sequence for a show that wasn't likely (in their opinion) to go past 13 weeks (if it even aired at all). Lear created this now classic now-classic opening since it was all he could afford.



* DomesticAbuse: Archie constantly criticized and insulted Edith. However, he never physically assaulted her.

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Archie constantly criticized and insulted Edith. However, he never physically assaulted her.



* DropInCharacter: The Jeffersons (particularly Lionel), in the early seasons; and then the Lorenzos (particularly Irene), after the Jeffersons' departure.

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The Jeffersons (particularly Lionel), in the early seasons; and then the Lorenzos (particularly Irene), after the Jeffersons' departure.



* InsaneTrollLogic: In "Henry's Farewell", Archie tricks George Jefferson into entering his house by claiming that standing on his stoop counts as being inside his house. George, caught up in the argument, chases him into the house, thus breaking his vow.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: InsaneTrollLogic:
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In "Henry's Farewell", Archie tricks George Jefferson into entering his house by claiming that standing on his stoop counts as being inside his house. George, caught up in the argument, chases him into the house, thus breaking his vow.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Archie gradually developed into one of these as the years went by. While he was a bigot, his attitudes came about more due to the society he grew up in, rather than genuine malice or racism. Once he actually got to know other cultures and peoples better, he was able to accept them at least a little more easily.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Archie gradually developed into one of these as the years went by. While he was a bigot, his attitudes came about more due to the society he grew up in, rather than genuine malice or racism. Once he actually got to know other cultures and peoples better, he was able to accept them at least a little more easily.



** The aforementioned Klan
** Stephanie's alcoholic father

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** The aforementioned Klan
Klan.
** Stephanie's alcoholic fatherfather.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Carroll O'Connor used to get piles of hate mail (and fan mail from bigots) while he played Archie Bunker from people who thought he was like his character. In RealLife, O'Connor was involved in the boycott of Florida orange juice, in protest of the Florida Citrus Commission's support of Anita Bryant and her anti-gay Save Our Children coalition. He did this in TheSeventies, an era when gay people were AcceptableTargets (both in the "butt-of-jokes"- and the "thrown paving brick"-sense) and anybody who supported any form of equality for gay people was suspected of being gay themselves.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor:
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Carroll O'Connor used to get piles of hate mail (and fan mail from bigots) while he played Archie Bunker from people who thought he was like his character. In RealLife, O'Connor was involved in the boycott of Florida orange juice, in protest of the Florida Citrus Commission's support of Anita Bryant and her anti-gay Save Our Children coalition. He did this in TheSeventies, an era when gay people were AcceptableTargets (both in the "butt-of-jokes"- and the "thrown paving brick"-sense) and anybody who supported any form of equality for gay people was suspected of being gay themselves.



* NotSoDifferent: Mike, for all his liberal attitudes, is shown in a few episodes to be just as bullheaded and chauvinistic as Archie. One episode in particular -- "The Games Bunkers Play" -- is more or less built around pointing this out. However, he's (usually) much more willing to admit his mistakes.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Mike, for all his liberal attitudes, is shown in a few episodes to be just as bullheaded and chauvinistic as Archie. One episode in particular -- "The Games Bunkers Play" -- is more or less built around pointing this out. However, he's (usually) much more willing to admit his mistakes.



* PieInTheFace: Or birthday cake rather. Into the face of an attempted rapist.

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* PieInTheFace: PieInTheFace:
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Or birthday cake cake, rather. Into the face of an attempted rapist.



* PutOnABus: Henry Jefferson moves upstate in season 4; the rest of the Jeffersons "move on up" to Manhattan (and their own series) in season 5; Mike, Gloria and Joey depart for California at the end of season 8.

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* PutOnABus: PutOnABus:
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Henry Jefferson moves upstate in season 4; the rest of the Jeffersons "move on up" to Manhattan (and their own series) in season 5; Mike, Gloria and Joey depart for California at the end of season 8.



* ReactionShot: Seen constantly, especially when Archie is shown reacting to one of Edith's long-winded speeches.



* SeinfeldianConversation: Archie and Mike have several conversations -- or, rather, arguments -- like this, which are treated (especially by Archie) as very SeriousBusiness indeed.

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* SeinfeldianConversation: SeinfeldianConversation:
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Archie and Mike have several conversations -- or, rather, arguments -- like this, which are treated (especially by Archie) as very SeriousBusiness indeed.



* StayInTheKitchen: Invoked many times over the course of the series by Archie towards Edith. One episode in particular, "Edith Breaks Out", has Archie essentially try to force her to stay at home after she tells him of her volunteer work at a senior citizen's home. When he threatens to call the man in charge of the home and tell him that Edith won't be going over there any more, she blows a gasket and calls him out for trying to pigeonhole her into the role of a housewife, and storms out the front door while the audience hollers in appreciation.



* StudioAudience: Lampshaded in the closing credits, with a voiceover by Rob Reiner: "''All in the Family'' was recorded on tape before a live audience."

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Lampshaded in the closing credits, with a voiceover by Rob Reiner: "''All in the Family'' was recorded on tape before a live audience."



* SuddenlyEthnicity: In the "Archie in the Hospital" episode (but only for Archie, not the audience).

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* SuddenlyEthnicity: SuddenlyEthnicity:
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In the "Archie in the Hospital" episode (but only for Archie, not the audience).



* WomenAreWiser: Edith in some ways. She was, indeed, as Archie often called her, a "dingbat", but she was also much more socially sensitive and moral than him.

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Edith in some ways. She was, indeed, as Archie often called her, a "dingbat", but she was also much more socially sensitive and moral than him.
15th May '16 12:52:47 PM CaptEquinox
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** She slapped him (and once, Gloria) in very serious situations. Gloria slaps Mike in a similar fashion in a couple of episodes. She also pulls Archie's hair and Mike's moustache, mostly to stop more intense arguments.
10th May '16 9:36:11 AM Briguy52748
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* YouTalkTooMuch: Archie often regarded himself as the family spokesman and often told others -- Edith in particular -- to "shaddup" or "stifle yourself" when they began to say something he didn't want them to say.
7th May '16 10:57:11 PM whateveryousay21
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** Archie's explanation to Mike of what a "balanced meal" was.
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
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