YMMV / All in the Family

  • Adaptation Displacement: Because the show is so iconic in the United States and seen as being brave for focusing on American social and political issues of the day, Till Death Do Us Part is often unknown outside Britain.
  • Ear Worm: "Boy, the way Glenn Miller played/Songs that made the hit parade/Guys like us, we had it made/Those were the days."
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans typically reject the 9th season without Mike and Gloria.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the earlier seasons, Gloria was worried that Mike wouldn't want her after he started associating with intellectuals. But Edith and Archie would help solve her marital problems. But after Mike and Gloria move to California, their marriage falls apart beyond repair, because Edith and Archie weren't there to help them, for the exact reasons she was afraid of.
    • The entire sitcom is transformed when you realize Archie isn't that bigoted. He just plays it up to annoy a son-in-law he despises. Supported by the fact that in Archie Bunker's Place Mike is gone and Archie has a Jewish business partner and a black maid. He loves his Jewish niece he is raising and he dates a Puerto Rican after Edith's death. He is still ignorant of other cultures and believes stereotypes but he isn't nearly as bigoted as he seemed when Mike was around.
  • Fridge Horror: Archie was mentally and physically abused by his father, yet he remembered him admirably and spoke of him quite fondly in "Two's A Crowd." Would Archie be the same kind of father if he had a son instead of a daughter?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Archie's prank on Pinky Peterson in "Beverly Rides Again" involved Pinky's girlfriend breaking up with him. At the time it seemed pretty cruel but not outside of Archie's wheelhouse. Then in "The Draft Dodger" it's revealed that Pinky's only son was recently KIA in Vietnam. This pushes the prank into almost Moral Event Horizon territory.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one late '70s episode Archie calls after Mike, "And you're gonna get Reagan in '80, too!"
    • In the episode "Writing the President", Archie and Mike argue over whether to watch a TV show about pollution which culminates in them both writing letters to President Nixon. Archie, predictably, takes the right-wing viewpoint which says pollution is no big deal. Nixon actually created the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In the episode "Archie's Weighty Problem," Archie is treated and talked to as if he is morbidly obese and will drop dead if he doesn't start seriously dieting immediately. He really only appears to be slightly overweight, with more of a stocky-framed, muscular build.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Those viewers who enthusiastically supported Archie's views. Inversely, this show gained a Misaimed Hatedom from people who judged it solely on Archie's character, assuming he was supposed to be supported.
  • Only Sane Man: Archie, at least from his perspective. Beyond the racism, if you were surrounded by the people that Archie is, like an idiot wife (who you still love), or if your daughter married somebody who you cannot stand and made him live with you, wouldn't you act like him?
  • Seasonal Rot: The episodes after the departure of Gloria and Mike more or less take all the tension out of the show and aren't as well liked. Cranked Up to Eleven with the After Show Archie Bunker's Place which saw Archie grow as a person and have a social circle full of ethnic diversity. Sure he was a nicer guy but comedy with a bunch of folks always getting long isn't exactly good television.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Archie, who is supposed to be laughably ignorant next to Mike, but actually makes more sense on a number of occasions.
    • Between the two of them Mike comes across as the more reasonable the majority of the time, but Archie does indeed have his moments. For example, in part one of "Archie and the KKK", there's a power failure and Archie talks about how people were looting during the last one...
      Mike: Arch, poor people steal, hungry people steal!
      Archie: Oh yeah? That's why in that July blackout there they drove fifty cars out of the showrooms on account of they had a craving to eat a Pontiac.
      Mike: Yes they have a craving, because the media advertisters create that craving! They tell the people what they should want, and they tell them that they're nothing unless they run right out and get it! Well what the hell are they supposed to do?
      Archie: They're supposed to go out and work for a buck!
    • In another episode, Archie makes surprising salient points about how big corporations encouraged everyone to buy electronic products, and even made life difficult without them, only to, once they'd made their "billions and billions of dollars," turn around and start demanding that people save energy and go without.
    • Archie is made to be a racist idiot just because he doesn't want to eat his Chinese food with chopsticks in "Mike Meets Archie." The fact is that most Westerners simply don't know how to use chopsticks correctly. All Archie wanted was a fork to eat the food that he probably paid for, and he was still given a bunch of crap.
    • Archie twice shows surprisingly progressive opinions on the fur trade, which is in deep contrast to the rest of his family, who in one early episode can't stop admiring Edith's mink coat
      Gloria: They bred those animals, daddy.
      Mike: That's right, Arch. Mink is not an endangered species.
      Archie: Oh, geez. Them minks hangin' around your mother-in-law's neck out there, they'll be glad to hear that, that they ain't endangered, just murdered.
  • Technology Marches On: While it would certainly still be sad, the Stivics' move to California would have been a lot easier on the Bunkers in today's age of free long-distance calling, text messaging, social networking, and Skype. Could also work as a bit of Fridge Sadness for young viewers when they stop and think how hard it really must have been on the Bunkers for the kids to move across the country without all of today's technology to keep them close.
  • Values Resonance: The debates on political issues of the day between Archie and "Meathead" still seemed appropriate in the 2000s Nick At Nite reruns.
    • Even in the 2010s: the discussion listed in Strawman Has a Point above eerily echoes debates held during the 2011 London Riots.