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  • 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 Us Do Part is often unknown outside Britain.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans typically reject the 9th season without Mike and Gloria.
  • 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.
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    • When Archie learned that Gloria had been sexually assaulted and Edith tried to stop him calling the police in "Gloria the Victim", Archie argues that the perp might go after her (Edith) or anyone. It's much harder to watch that episode with "Edith's 50th Birthday" where Edith had narrowly escaped being raped in her own home.
    • In "Edith's Final Respects", Edith attends the funeral of her Aunt Rose, but was the only mourner, as most of Rose's friends died before her. Afterwards, she confides in Archie that she worries her funeral will be the same. He reassures her that she would have an abundance of mourners, and that "I'm gonna be there, ain't I?" Not long after, he was proved right when Edith died before the events of the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one late '70s episode Archie calls after Mike, "And you're gonna get Reagan in '80, too!"
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    • 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.
    • Another Norman Lear show would later be remade by a pair of producers named Mike and Gloria.
    • In "Archie and the KKK", Mike claims there's no jobs, to which Archie claims there are jobs if people are willing to work them. As of April 2018, there are more jobs than available workers.
    • The show has gained an extra ironic edge with how even Mike now comes off as fairly conservative with how much society has changed. You can easily imagine him having the exact same reaction to the society of the 2010s that Archie did to the '70s.
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  • 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.
  • Informed Wrongness: Archie may have been an idiot for not catching on to Gordie sooner in "Archie and the KKK," but he was properly repulsed by the group the minute he realized who they were. While Mike dressed him down as an evil racist who supported the actions of the KKK, this certainly wasn't the case.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Shut up, Meathead!" Even decades later, right-leaning fans have used it against Rob Reiner's views.
  • 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.
    • Tim Allen went so far as to compare his character on Last Man Standing to Archie Bunker, claiming that both are "likeable conservative characters." The only difference is that All in the Family was clearly aimed at a liberal audience, so Archie's conservative views (particularly on race) were something to be laughed at, while Last Man is aimed at a conservative audience, so the audience is supposed to laugh with Allen's character in response to his conservative views (particularly feminism).
  • Popularity Polynomial: Despite its tremendous success in The '70s, the show initially didn't do very well in syndication and seemed to be too much a product of its time to remain popular. Since the Turn of the Millennium, its popularity and influence have rebounded thanks to the continued Values Resonance of the issues it dealt with.
  • 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 along isn't exactly good television.
    • The handful of episodes without Carroll O'Connor are predictably some of the least popular episodes of the series.
  • 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.
    • 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 advertisers 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!
      • Mike then claims there are no jobs available. Archie points out that, while not glamorous, there are jobs available for anyone willing to do a hard day's work for an honest paycheck.
    • In another episode, Archie makes surprisingly 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.
    • Archie is supposed to be in the wrong for laying into David for being a draft dodger, but he has a right to be angry because David is technically a fugitive from justice and everyone hid this from him while the guy was eating Christmas dinner at his house. He also makes the more or less valid point that there are plenty of people who are afraid to go off to war, believe killing is wrong, or just plain don't believe in it, but go off to fight it, anyways. It's hard to see why David should get a free pass just because he has 'convictions.' Mike tries to counter that the war is morally wrong, but Archie tells him that that is irrelevant. This might be harder to understand for modern viewers who were born after the draft was removed.
  • Values Dissonance: This show was made towards the end of the time where being Slavic-American was still somewhat perceived as "ethnic" and a bit apart from the "average white". Of course, the show appeared to realize this as the othering of Poles is treated as arbitrary, even though modern audiences wouldn't be able to buy the idea that Slavic Americans are anything other than white.
  • Values Resonance: The debates on political issues of the day between Archie and "Meathead" still seemed appropriate in the 2000s Nick @ Nite reruns.
    • Even in the 2010s: the discussion listed in Strawman Has a Point above eerily echoes debates held during the 2011 London Riots.
    • The entire character arc of Beverly, one of the earlier examples of Bury Your Gays, still holds up because of Edith's resulting Crisis of Faith, as she couldn't conceive how God could have let Beverly die to a hate crime. Edith's entire interaction with Beverly also counts, as they considered each other as close as family.
    • A case of utter irony, a lot of the things Archie was ignorant towards, are now actually being looked at in a more serious light like his actor intended. To use an above example, while many aren't averse to the idea of working for a buck, the practice of asking more and more from workers and paying as little as possible is now under tighter scrutiny than ever before. Yes, while jobs are out there and many, while not glamorous, are there for us to "earn a buck", it now often takes three or four of these minimum-wage (or less) jobs in order to get by.note  Management is more concerned with profit than with employees' lives. It's rare for today's companies to include things like pensions, insurance, even basic care services. Meanwhile, the prices of housing, food, medical care, etc., have increased, while income has not.

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