All in the Family


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For five years, All in the Family, which aired on CBS from 1971-1983 (in its last four seasons under the title Archie Bunker's Place), was the top-rated show on American television, and the winner of four consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series. All in the Family was not only one of the most successful sitcoms in history, it was also one of the most important and influential series ever to air, for it ushered in a new era in American television characterized by programs that did not shy away from addressing controversial or socially relevant subject matters.

All in the Family's storylines centered on the domestic concerns of the Bunker household in Queens, New York. Family patriarch and breadwinner Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) was a bigoted loading dock worker disturbed by the changes occurring in the American society he once knew. To Archie, gains by the "Spades," "Spics," or "Hebes" of America (as he referred to Blacks, Hispanics, and Jews, respectively), came at his expense and that of other lower middle class whites. Countering Archie's harsh demeanor was his sweet but flighty "dingbat" wife, Edith. Played by Jean Stapleton, Edith usually endured Archie's tirades in a manner meant to avoid confrontation. But that was hardly the case with Archie's live-in son-in-law Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner), a liberal college student who was married to the Bunkers' daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers). The confrontations between Archie and Mike ("Meathead") served as the basis for much of All in the Family's comedy. As surely as Archie could be counted upon to be politically conservative and socially misguided, Mike was equally liberal and sensitive to the concerns of minorities and the oppressed, and, because both characters were extremely vocal in their viewpoints, heated conflict between the two was assured.

Producers Norman Lear and Alan (Bud) Yorkin brought All in the Family into being by obtaining the U.S. rights to the hit British comedy series, Till Death Us Do Part, which aired on the BBC in the mid-1960s and featured the character of bigoted dock worker Alf Garnett. Lear developed two pilots based on the concept for ABC, with O'Connor (Mickey Rooney had been Lear's first choice to play Archie) and Stapleton in the lead roles. But when ABC turned down the series, then known as Those Were the Days, it appeared that it would never get off the ground. Luckily for Lear and Yorkin, CBS President Robert D. Wood was in the market for new shows that would appeal to the more affluent, urban audience the network's entrenched lineup of top-rated but aging series failed to attract. As a result, CBS jettisoned highly rated programs like The Red Skelton Show and Green Acres in an effort to improve the demographic profile of its audiences, and All in the Family seemed a perfect, though risky, vehicle to put in their place. CBS therefore made a 13-episode commitment to air the series beginning in January 1971, as a midseason replacement.

The network had good reason to be wary of reaction to its new show. All in the Family seemed to revel in breaking prime time's previously unbreakable taboos. Archie's frequent diatribes laced with degrading racial and ethnic epithets, Mike and Gloria's obviously active sex life, the sounds of Archie's belching and of flushing toilets--all broke with sitcom convention. They also and made people sit up and take notice of the new CBS series. In fact, its unconventionality caused All in the Family's pilot episode to consistently rate below average in research tests conducted by both ABC and CBS. Nevertheless, CBS went ahead and debuted the show on 12 January 1971, though with relatively little fanfare or network promotion.

Viewer response to All in the Family was at first tepid. CBS's switchboards were prepared for an avalanche of calls in response to the show's initial airing, but this onslaught never materialized, in part because of the poor 15% audience share garnered by the first episode, which put it a distant third in its time period behind movies on NBC and ABC. But while the show continued to languish in the Nielsen ratings in its first few months, TV critics began to take notice. Despite the negative reviews of a small number of critics, such as Life's John Leonard ("a wretched program"), the critical response was generally positive. Combined with strong word-of-mouth among viewers these evaluations helped the show's audience to slowly grow. The May 1971, Emmy Awards helped to cap All in the Family's climb. The midseason replacement was featured in the opening skit of the Emmy telecast, and earned awards in three categories, including Outstanding Comedy Series. All in the Family shortly thereafter became the top-rated show in prime time, and held onto that position for each of the following five seasons.

The program was able to keep an especially sharp edge over its first half dozen years thanks to the evolving character development of the series' primary cast members and the infusion of strong supporting characters. Both the Bunkers' African American next-door neighbors, the Jeffersons, and Edith's visiting cousin, Maude Findlay (played by Bea Arthur), eventually went on to star in successful spin-off series of their own. All in the Family also benefited from an occasional one-shot guest appearance, the most memorable of which featured entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., written by comedian Bill Dana.

All in the Family's impact went beyond the world of television. The show 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. In addition, the character of Archie Bunker became nothing short of an American icon. While Till Death Us Do Part's Alf Garnett was generally unlikable, producer Lear chose to soften the character for American TV, patterning him in many ways after his own father. As a result, Carroll O'Connor's characterization of Archie contained notable sympathetic qualities, allowing many viewers to see Archie in a favorable light despite his obvious foibles.

By the late 1970s, however, it was becoming clear that the show had lost much of its earlier spark. Major cast changes occurred in 1978, when Struthers and Reiner left the series, and again in 1980, when Stapleton departed. (The fact that this contractual arrangement was written into the show as Edith's death allowed Lear and company to show once again what had made this series truly memorable.) Archie quit his job in 1977 to buy and run a neighborhood tavern, and the series was retitled Archie Bunker's Place in 1979 to reflect the changed nature of the program. By that point, however, though still highly rated, the show no longer stood out as unique, and had become what seemed to many a rather conventional sitcom.

All in the Family's lasting impact on American television is difficult to overestimate. It helped to usher in a new generation of comedic programs that abandoned the light domestic plotlines of television's early years in favor of topical themes with important social significance. In this sense, its influence on prime time programming continues to be felt decades later.

-David Gunzerath

CAST

Archie Bunker...................................Carroll O'Connor

Edith Bunker (1971-80)......................... Jean Stapleton

Gloria Bunker Stivic (1971-78)................ Sally Struthers

Mike Stivic (Meathead) (1971-78).................Rob Reiner

Lionel Jefferson (1971-75)...........................Mike Evans

Louise Jefferson (1971-75)......................Isabel Sanford

Henry Jefferson (1971-73)..........................Mel Stewart

George Jefferson (1973-75)................Sherman Hemsley

Irene Lorenzo (1973-75)............................Betty Garrett

Frank Lorenzo (1973-74)...................Vincent Gardenia

Bert Munson (1972-77)................................Billy Halop

Tommy Kelsey (1972-73).......................Brendon Dillon

Tommy Kelsey (1973-77).........................Bob Hastings

Justin Quigley (1973-76)............................Burt Mustin

Barney Hefner (1973-83)............................Allan Melvin

Jo Nelson (1973-75)...............................Ruth McDevitt

Stretch Cunningham (1974).................James Cromwell

Teresa Betancourt (1976-77).........................Liz Torres

Stephanie Mills (1978-83)..................Danielle Brisebois

Harry Snowden (1977-83).................... Jason Wingreen

Hank Pivnik (1977-81)...........................Danny Dayton

Murray Klein (1979-81)...........................Martin Balsam

Mr. Van Ranseleer (1978-83).........................Bill Quinn

Veronica Rooney (1979-82)........................Anne Meara

Jose (1979-83)..................................Abraham Alvarez

Linda (1980-81)......................................Heidi Hagman

Raoul (1980-83)........................................Joe Rosario

Ellen Canby (1980-82)............................Barbara Meek

Polly Swanson (1980-81)..................Janet MacLachlan

Ed Swanson (1980-81)................................Mel Bryant

Billie Bunker (1981-83).............................Denise Miller

Gary Rabinowitz (1981-83).......................Barry Gordon

Bruce (198Z-83)......................................Bob Okazaki

Marsha (1982-83).................................Jessica Nelson

PRODUCERS

Norman Lear, Woody Kling, Hal Kanter, Mort Lachman, Don Nicholl, Lou Derman, Brigit Jensen Drake, John Rich, Milt Josefberg, Michael Ross, Bernie West, Bill Danoff

PROGRAMMING HISTORY

204 Episodes

CBS

January 1971-July 1971  Tuesday 9:30-10:00

September 1971-September 1975   Saturday 8:00-8:30

September 1975-September 1976   Monday 9:00-9:30

September 1976-0ctober 1976   Wednesday 9:00-9:30

November 1976-September 1977   Saturday 9:00-9:30

October 1977-October 1978   Sunday 9:00-9:30

October 1978-March 1983   Sunday 8:00-8:30

Mar 1983-May 1983   Monday 8:00-8:30

FURTHER READING

Arlen, Michael. The View from Highway 1. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.

Barnouw, Erik. Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Bedell, Sally. Up the Tube: Prime-Time TV and the Silverman Years. New York: Viking, 1981.

Brooks, Tim, and Earle Marsh. The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present. 4th ed. New York: Ballantine, 1988.

"CBS Sked Shake; Shift All in Family to Lead Sat." Variety (Los Angeles), 18 August 1971.

"CBS-TV's Bigot that BBC Begat Figures to Salt Up Second Season." Variety (Los Angeles), 22 July 1970.

"Family Fun." Newsweek (New York), 15 March 1971.

Ferretti, Fred. "Are Racism and Bigotry Funny?" New York Times, 12 January 1971.

Gent, George. "All In The Family Takes First Place in Nielsen Ratings." New York Times, 25 May 1971.

Gitlin, Todd. Inside Prime Time. New York: Pantheon, 1985.

Hano, Arnold. "Can Archie Bunker Give Bigotry A Bad Name?" New York Times Magazine, 12 March 1972.

Kasindorf, Martin. "Archie and Maude and Fred and Norman and Alan." New York Times Magazine, 24 June 1973.

Leonard, John. "Bigotry as a Dirty Joke." Life (New York), 19 March 1971.

Metz, Robert. CBS: Reflections In A Bloodshot Eye. Chicago: Playboy, 1975.

O'Neil, Thomas. The Emmys. New York: Penguin, 1992.

Shayon, Robert Lewis. "Love That Hate." Saturday Review (New York), 27 March 1971.

_______________. "Archie's Other Side." Saturday Review (New York), 8 January 1972.

Waldron, Vince. Classic Sitcoms. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Wander, Philip. "Counters In The Social Drama: Some Notes On All In The Family." In, Newcomb, Horace, editor. Television: The Critical View, 1st Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Highlights
Norman Lear on his parents being similar to "Archie" and "Edith" on All in the Family
00:50
Carroll O'Connor on his character, "Archie Bunker," on All in the Family
02:53
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family character, "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic"
01:26
Beatrice Arthur on guesting on All in the Family in "Cousin Maude's Visit" (airdate: December 11, 1971), leading to the spinoff, Maude
02:54
Sherman Hemsley on direction he was given for the "George Jefferson" character, and his first entrance on All in the Family
02:08
Fred Silverman on the autonomy given to Norman Lear to create All In The Family
02:10
Bud Yorkin on watching Till Death Us Do Part (upon which All in the Family was based) while living in London, and introducing it to Norman Lear who suggested they try to make their own pilot based on the show
02:51
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their idea for "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:46
Who talked about this show

Lee Adams

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the theme to All in the Family
03:14
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their idea for "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:46
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the lyrics to "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:57
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor performing "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
02:27
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the publishing rights to "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:56
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor performing "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
01:13
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the success of All in the Family
00:35
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their process for creating "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:44
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the sheet music for "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:47
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - meant to 1970's audiences
02:15
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on how their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - softened "Archie Bunker"
00:57
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on presenting their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - to Norman Lear
01:08
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on audience response to the theme song to All in the Family
03:07
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the legacy of theme song to All in the Family and of the series itself
02:13

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on guesting on All in the Family in "Cousin Maude's Visit" (airdate: December 11, 1971), leading to the spinoff, Maude
02:54

Paul Bogart

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Paul Bogart on why he took on the job of directing All in the Family even though he despised the repetitive nature of the work
03:39
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
03:24
Director Paul Bogart on some of the behind-the-scenes difficulties on the set of All in the Family
07:31
Director Paul Bogart on some of the writers on All in the Family and working in front of a live audience
04:34
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)
02:39
Paul Bogart on specific episodes of All in the Family and the show's legacy
06:06

James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks on his Mary Tyler Moore Show being in the Saturday night CBS lineup with All in the Family; on comparisons between the two shows
04:44

Phil Carey

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Phil Carey on guest starring on the All in the Family episode "Judging Books by Covers" -- where he plays a homosexual character
02:27

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on directing Gloria
03:15

Janis Paige with Emerson College

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Janis Paige on guest-starring as "Denise" on All in the Family
03:00

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on working with Norman Lear on writing the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit," featuring Sammy Davis, Jr.
09:18
Bill Dana on writing the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit" for producer Norman Lear
07:43

Hal Cooper

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Hal Cooper on directing two episodes of All in the Family;  on differing with director/producer John Rich
02:12

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on how he came to write the classic All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit," and how he and producer Norman Lear invented the show's premise
02:32
Bill Dana on Carroll O'Connor's "compliment" of Dana's writing on the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:40
Bill Dana on how, due to a mistake, he was not put up for an Emmy Award for the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:29
Bill Dana on John Rich not acknowledging his writing of the "Sammy's Visit," episode of All in the Family when Rich won the Emmy Award for Best Directing in Comedy in 1972
00:31
Bill Dana on John Rich not acknowledging his writing of the "Sammy's Visit," episode of All in the Family when Rich won the Emmy Award for Best Directing in Comedy in 1972
01:36

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for All in the Family
04:35

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on appearing on All in the Family
05:13

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on the best night of television ever - Saturday night with All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Carol Burnett Show
01:05

Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox on how impressed he was to meet Norman Lear; admired Lear's show All in the Family
02:13

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for All in the Family and working with Norman Lear
00:55

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on being cast by Norman Lear as "Irene Lorenzo" on All in the Family
02:59
Betty Garrett on her All in the Family character "Irene Lorenzo"
04:58
Betty Garrett on the All in the Family episode "Edith's Christmas Story," and on working with Jean Stapleton as "Edith Bunker"
03:27
Betty Garrett on working with Carroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family
01:49
Betty Garrett on working with Sally Struthers as "Gloria Stivic" on All in the Family
01:44
Betty Garrett on working with Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family
01:31
Betty Garrett on working with Vincent Gardenia as "Frank Lorenzo" on All in the Family, and on his unhappiness with the show
02:29
Betty Garrett on favorite All in the Family episodes, how viewers reacted to her on the show, and why she left
02:26

Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary on his guest role in the All in the Family episode "Judging Books by Covers" (airdate: January 12, 1971)
02:17

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on asking Norman Lear to adapt the British show 'Til Death Do Us Part, in what became All in the Family, and passing it up
00:43

Robert Guillaume

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Robert Guillaume on appearing on All in the Family in the episode "Chain Letter" (airdate: October 20, 1975)
02:37

Sherman Hemsley

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Sherman Hemsley on his impressions of All in the Family as a viewer
00:34
Sherman Hemsley on direction he was given for the "George Jefferson" character, and his first entrance on All in the Family
02:51
Sherman Hemsley on the relationship between "George Jefferson" and "Archie Bunker"
00:53

James Hong

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James Hong (briefly) on his guest appearance on All in the Family
00:43

Irma Kalish

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Rocky and Irma Kalish on writing the All in the Family episode where Edith gets cancer
04:00
Irma and Rocky Kalish on an All in the Family episode they wrote when Gloria is molested
02:08

Rocky Kalish

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Rocky and Irma Kalish on writing the All in the Family episode where Edith gets cancer
04:00
Irma and Rocky Kalish on an All in the Family episode they wrote when Gloria is molested
02:08

Hal Kanter

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Hal Kanter on being executive producer during All in the Family's 1975-1976 season; on his difficulties working with Norman Lear
07:08

H. Wesley Kenney

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H. Wesley Kenney on directing Carroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family
01:18
H. Wesley Kenney on directing All in the Family and working with the cast
10:26
H. Wesley Kenney on directing All in the Family and a typical work week with Norman Lear
02:24
H. Wesley Kenney on leaving All in the Family and the legacy of the show
02:28
H. Wesley Kenney on editing various shows he produced and the differences between them
03:48

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and some characters being partly based on the British (original) version of All in the Family, ('Til Death Do Us Part)
01:39

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and some characters being partly based on the British (original) version of All in the Family, ('Til Death Do Us Part)
01:39

Mort Lachman

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Mort Lachman on the work environment of All in the Family

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on programming All in the Family on CBS
01:59

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his parents being similar to "Archie" and "Edith" on All in the Family
00:50
Norman Lear on the British TV sitcom Till Death Us Do Part being the inspiration for All in the Family, and on making and selling the various pilots
04:21
Norman Lear on casting the various All in the Family pilots (Jean Stapleton, and eventually Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers), and on the show being rejected by ABC and picked up by CBS
06:50
Norman Lear on casting being critical to a show's success, and on the "magical" casting of Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers on All in the Family
01:40
Norman Lear on casting Carroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family, and on Mickey Rooney being considered for the role
03:01
Norman Lear on the first script of All in the Family being meant to show "360 degrees of Archie Bunker"
01:47
Norman Lear on the initial reaction to All in the Family and on what helped its later success
02:34
Norman Lear on writers Bernie West and Mickey Ross on All in the Family
01:31
Norman Lear on introducing Beatrice Arthur as "Maude" on All in the Family, and similarities between her character and his then-wife, Frances Lear
03:54
Norman Lear on All in the Family winning Emmy Awards
02:48
Norman Lear on the business aspects of All in the Family and Tandem Productions
01:44
Norman Lear on syndicating All in the Family, and his other shows
03:27
Norman Lear on how creative differences with Carroll O'Connor were worth it for his masterful portrayal of "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family
06:53
Norman Lear on his favorite episodes of All in the Family
05:00
Norman Lear on the issues tackled by All in the Family and other of his shows
04:08
Norman Lear on the importance of the live studio audience on All in the Family and where it was taped
00:41
Norman Lear on All in the Family winning multiple Emmys during its run
01:11
Norman Lear on ending All in the Family and starting his advocacy group People For the American Way
04:48

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on being considered to play "Gloria Bunker" on All in the Family
01:01

Rue McClanahan

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Rue McClanahan on guest starring on the All in the Family episode "The Bunkers and the Swingers" (airdate: October 28, 1972)
03:22

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on writing about television for the "Baltimore Sun," and on the coming of age of television in the 1970s with shows like All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show
07:46

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on working with All in the Family director John Rich
00:49
Carroll O'Connor on the creation of the All in the Family spin-off Archie Bunker's Place and deciding on the death of "Edith" (in season two)
05:39
Carroll O'Connor on learning how to play comedy from Micheál MacLiammóir, at the Gate Theatre, which he later used in his characterization of Archie Bunker
02:29
Carroll O'Connor on his collaboration with Norman Lear on the characterization of "Archie Bunker" and the pilot script
01:30
Carroll O'Connor on his rewrite of the pilot script of All in the Family and developer/executive producer Norman Lear telling the story on The Mike Douglas Show
01:52
Carroll O'Connor on his weekly contribution to the writing of All in the Family, despite not being credited by Norman Lear
00:27
Carroll O'Connor on his contentious working relationship with Norman Lear and how he resented Lear's not offering him an interest in the All in the Family spin-offs  
01:21
Carroll O'Connor on his character, "Archie Bunker," on All in the Family
02:53
Carroll O'Connor on his contribution to the All in the Family episode "Two's a Crowd," and the ad-libbing by he and co-star Rob Reiner
02:43
Carroll O'Connor on working with All in the Family co-star Jean Stapleton, and how "Edith" represented the perfect moral counter to "Archie"
01:25
Carroll O'Connor on the long gestation period between the All in the Family pilots and a series pick-up
02:26
Carroll O'Connor on the perception of "Archie Bunker" by the viewing public.
02:16
Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family co-stars Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers
01:12
Carroll O'Connor on the source of "Archie Bunker's" malaprops and on series developer/executive producer Norman Lear's contribution to the nicknames "Archie" used
01:36
Carroll O'Connor on why he'd rewrite the material written for "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family
02:02
Carroll O'Connor on regular Vincent Gardenia's dissatisfaction with his role as neighbor "Frank Lorenzo" on All in the Family
01:06
Carroll O'Connor about "Archie Bunker" appearing in blackface in the All in the Family episode "Birth of the Baby, Part One"
01:20
Carroll O'Connor on suggesting director Paul Bogart for All in the Family
01:17
Carroll O'Connor on walking off All in the Family during its run
01:05
Carroll O'Connor on the introduction of child actress Danielle Brisebois as "Stephanie Mills" on All in the Family
01:12
Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family episodes: "Edith's Problem" ("Edith" enters menopause), "Gloria Has a Belly Full" ("Gloria" has a miscarriage), "Edith's Crisis of Faith" ("Edith" shuns her faith when friend "Beverly LaSalle" is killed), "Sammy's Visit" (Sammy Davis, Jr. appears as himself), and "Archie's Brief Encounter" ("Archie" has an affair)
03:33
Carroll O'Connor on the donation of "Archie" and "Edith's" chairs from the set of All in the Family to the Smithsonian Institution
00:29
Carroll O'Connor on Archie Bunkers in all walks of life
00:58
Carroll O'Connor on how All in the Family didn't change television, as its breakthroughs remained one-of-a-kind
00:41
Carroll O'Connor on his theory as to why CBS Chairman William S. Paley never socialized with him
03:01
Carroll O'Connor on the All in the Family writers
02:20

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on appearing on All in the Family
01:17

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on casting the third pilot for All in the Family, and on working with Norman Lear
10:51

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for All in the Family
04:35

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on guest-starring on All in the Family, and on working with Jean Stapleton on the show
02:44

Hector Ramirez

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Hector Ramirez on working as a camera operator for All in the Family
17:07
Hector Ramirez on working as a camera operator for Maude and how it differed from All in the Family
00:54
Hector Ramirez on how sitcoms in the '80s and '90s differed from those in the '70s
01:42

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on how The Honeymooners impacted television
01:21

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on Norman Lear adapting Till Death Us Do Part  into All in the Family
06:10
Marian Rees on her role in the development of All in the Family and casting Jean Stapleton as "Edith Bunker"
02:43
Marian Rees on casting Carroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family  and the rest of the cast
05:50
Marian Rees on network response to All in the Family
02:07
Marian Rees on the cast of All in the Family
04:54

Rob Reiner

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Rob Reiner on All in the Family developer/executive producer Norman Lear
02:05
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family character, "Mike 'Meathead' Stivic"
01:26
Rob Reiner on how his All in the Family character's nickname, "Meathead," has stuck with him since the show ended
00:43
Rob Reiner on his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
02:55
Rob Reiner on occasionally acting as a mediator between executive producer Norman Lear and star Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
02:13
Rob Reiner on co-starring on All in the Family
28:49
Rob Reiner on co-starring ion All in the Family and on the friction on-set on All in the Family  
24:25

Larry Rhine

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Larry Rhine on Jean Stapleton as "Edith Bunker" on All in the Family, and on the creation of "Archie Bunker's" bar on the show
03:59
Larry Rhine on how he came to write for All in the Family
02:18
Larry Rhine on writing for All in the Family, and on writing with Mel Tolkin
05:25
Larry Rhine on a typical week writing for All in the Family
02:19
Larry Rhine on Carroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family, and on the episode "Two's a Crowd"
04:57
Larry Rhine on the All in the Family actors input into their characters, and on "Archie Bunker's" bigotry
07:53
Larry Rhine on balancing the comedy and drama on All in the Family
01:55
Larry Rhine on the character of "Archie Bunker" on All in the Family, played by Carroll O'Connor
02:35
Larry Rhine on Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family, and on various storylines of the show
07:04
Larry Rhine on Sally Struthers as "Gloria Stivic" on All in the Family
03:34
Larry Rhine on the All in the Family episode "Joey's Baptism"
01:34
Larry Rhine on the All in the Family episodes "Joey's Baptism" and "Archie Finds a Friend", and on his relationship with Carroll O'Connor
04:35
Larry Rhine on the relationship between Norman Lear and Carroll O'Connor while working on All in the Family
01:26
Larry Rhine on the All in the Family episode "Edith's Crisis of Faith"
02:27
Larry Rhine on the All in the Family episode "The Brother"
02:16
Larry Rhine on Danielle Brisebois as "Stephanie Mills" on All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place
02:13
Larry Rhine on stories he wrote for All in the Family that weren't used, and on the longevity and continued popularity of the show
06:18

John Rich

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Director John Rich on the invention of the "kiss" for the third act in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
01:03
John Rich on the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
15:33
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
03:35
John Rich on leaving All in the Family
01:20
John Rich on shooting rehearsals of All in the Family
12:40
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04
Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
01:07
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:49

Rita Riggs

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Rita Riggs on how she came to do costumes for Norman Lear's All in the Family
06:04
Rita Riggs on finding clothes for All in the Family
01:01
Rita Riggs on costuming "Archie Bunker" played by Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
07:08
Rita Riggs on costuming "Edith Bunker" played by Jean Stapleton on All in the Family
02:55
Rita Riggs on costuming "Gloria Stivic" played by Sally Struthers on All in the Family
02:42
Rita Riggs on costuming "Irene Lorenzo" played by Betty Garrett and Vincent Gardenia as "Frank Lorenzo" on All in the Family
01:52
Rita Riggs on costuming Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as "George and Louise Jefferson" on All in the Family and The Jeffersons
01:39
Rita Riggs on working on costuming with the creative team of All in the Family, and the freedom she enjoyed working under Norman Lear
04:34
Rita Riggs on the importance and legacy of All in the Family
00:56

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on appearing on All in the Family
00:53

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on loving All in the Family
01:19

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on writing an Emmy-winning episode of All in the Family; coming up with the name "Archie"
06:08

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on being called in to play "Louise Jefferson" on All in the Family by director John Rich
03:29
Isabel Sanford on watching All in the Family before she was cast as "Louise Jefferson", and on auditioning for Norman Lear
04:26
Isabel Sanford on her reluctance to leave All in the Family, to do the spin-off The Jeffersons
02:07
Isabel Sanford on working the producers, and with the cast of All in the Family, and on Carroll O'Connor's absences from the show
03:38
Isabel Sanford on Sherman Hemsley being cast as "George Jefferson" on All in the Family
04:53
Isabel Sanford on the storylines of "George and Louise Jefferson" on All in the Family, and the public's response to "Louise Jefferson"
04:16
Isabel Sanford on "Louise Jefferson's" goodbye scene with Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker on All in the Family
01:11
Isabel Sanford on Mike Evans as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
02:10

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on writing for All in the Family
03:21
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on specific episodes they wrote for All in the Family: "Cousin Liz", and "Edith's 50th Birthday" (in which there's an attempted rape on "Edith")
02:39
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Edith's Crisis of Faith", and "The Stivics Go West" episodes of All in the Family
01:48
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on how All in the Family holds up over the years
00:37

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on why ABC passed on All in the Family
02:44

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on "George and Louise Jefferson" on The Jeffersons and their origin on All in the Family
00:47

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on his role in the development of All In the Family at CBS (which began life at ABC), his recognition of its quality, and determining where to place it in the schedule so it found its audience
06:30
Fred Silverman on getting All In The Family and Mary Tyler Moore in the coveted Saturday night time slot, and on the subsequent ratings boost
01:40
Fred Silverman on the autonomy given to Norman Lear to create All In The Family
02:10

Doris Singleton

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Doris Singleton on working on All in the Family
01:54

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on refusing to reprise "Edith Bunker" or a likeness of her in television commercials
00:37
Jean Stapleton on appearing on The Defenders with future All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
00:54
Jean Stapleton on reading for All in the Family and her impressions of the pilot script
01:48
Jean Stapleton on her initial characterization of "Edith Bunker," and seeing a single episode of the British show on which All in the Family was based, Till Death Do Us Part
01:41
Jean Stapleton on creating "Edith Bunker's" characterization, including her constant hurrying and nasal voice
00:54
Jean Stapleton on her description of All in the Family's "Edith Bunker"
00:58
Jean Stapleton on All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor
00:54
Jean Stapleton on the long gestation period between the All in the Family pilots and a series pick-up
01:12
Jean Stapleton on why ABC passed on All in the Family
00:40
Jean Stapleton on her opinion of the frank nature of All in the Family
00:52
Jean Stapleton on the casting of Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers as "Mike" and "Gloria" on All in the Family, following recasts from the pilots
01:14
Jean Stapleton on performing "Those Were the Days," the theme song from All in the Family, and a lyric that proved problematic
00:32
Jean Stapleton on filming All in the Family in front of a live audience
00:28
Jean Stapleton on the collaborative nature of the All in the Family set
00:51
Jean Stapleton on All in the Family executive producer/series developer Norman Lear
00:57
Jean Stapleton on All in the Family director John Rich
01:53
Jean Stapleton on All in the Family director Paul Bogart
01:00
Jean Stapleton on favorite All in the Family episodes
01:08
Jean Stapleton on how All in the Family used comedy to expose social issues, including bigotry
00:37
Jean Stapleton on consciously trying to avoid being typecast by "Edith Bunker"
01:32
Jean Stapleton on dealing with fame
01:22
Jean Stapleton on the pilot of The Jeffersons, aired as the All in the Family episode "The Jeffersons Move Up"
00:50
Jean Stapleton on the decision to have the character of "Edith Bunker" die, in the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone"
03:27
Jean Stapleton on the All in the Family episode "Edith's Christmas Story," which dealt with breast cancer
01:01
Jean Stapleton on the growth of "Edith Bunker" over the course of All in the Family, as seen in such episodes as "Edith's Night Out"
02:06
Jean Stapleton on learning to be open for all projects, as a result of her work on All in the Family
00:21
Jean Stapleton on taking a buyout from residuals on All in the Family
01:23
Jean Stapleton on the donation of "Archie" and "Edith's" chairs from the set of All in the Family to the Smithsonian Institution
01:03

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on writing for All in the Family
04:29
Ben Starr on writing the All in the Family episode in which "Gloria " has a baby
01:38
Ben Starr on writing the All in the Family episode in which "Gloria " has a baby
01:38

Howard Storm

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Howard Storm on an episode of All in the Family he wrote 

Charles Strouse

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the theme to All in the Family
03:14
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their idea for "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:46
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the lyrics to "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:57
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor performing "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
02:27
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the publishing rights to "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:56
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor performing "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
01:13
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the success of All in the Family
00:35
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their process for creating "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:44
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the sheet music for "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family
00:47
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - meant to 1970's audiences
02:15
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on how their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - softened "Archie Bunker"
00:57
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on presenting their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - to Norman Lear
01:08
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on audience response to the theme song to All in the Family
03:07
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on the legacy of theme song to All in the Family and of the series itself
02:13

George Sunga

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George Sunga on becoming a Producer on All in the Family and The Jeffersons
05:23
George Sunga on working with Norman Lear on All in the Family and The Jeffersons
01:34
George Sunga on working with Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family
01:39
George Sunga on his role as a Producer on All in the Family
05:12
George Sunga on making the transition from producing All in the Family to producing The Jeffersons
02:15
George Sunga on working with the other Producers and Directors on All in the Family
04:54
George Sunga on the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
01:16
George Sunga on All in the Family and The Jeffersons moving from Television City to Metro Media
04:01

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on CBS Standards & Practices' workings with Norman Lear on All In The Family
01:15
William Tankersley on CBS Standards & Practices' work with Norman Lear on All In The Family, (contd.)
05:04
William Tankersley on CBS Standards & Practices' work with Norman Lear on specific topics on All In The Family, (contd.)
01:09

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on watching All in the Family as a child but not understanding the levels of humor at the time
00:37

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on writing for All in the Family
03:21
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on specific episodes they wrote for All in the Family: "Cousin Liz", and "Edith's 50th Birthday" (in which there's an attempted rape on "Edith")
02:39
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Edith's Crisis of Faith", and "The Stivics Go West" episodes of All in the Family
01:48
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on how All in the Family holds up over the years
00:37

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on working on Good Times, All in the Family, Maude and One day at a Time
02:35

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on helping to cast for All in the Family and other shows for CBS
02:46

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on shooting All in the Family
10:40
Ben Wolf on shooting All in the Family
02:20

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on watching Till Death Us Do Part (upon which All in the Family was based) while living in London, and introducing it to Norman Lear who suggested they try to make their own pilot based on the show
02:51
Bud Yorkin on casting All in the Family and making the pilot; on the importance of casting for any show
04:44
Bud Yorkin on selling All in the Family to CBS
03:18
Bud Yorkin on ABC passing on All in the Family and CBS picking it up
03:32
Bud Yorkin on initial critical and public reaction to All in the Family
06:10
Bud Yorkin on the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
01:15
Bud Yorkin on Maude spinning off of All in the Family
01:28
Bud Yorkin on leaving All in the Family, producing Diff'rent Strokes, and leaving Tandem Productions
02:16
Bud Yorkin on the syndication of All in the Family
01:13

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