Even in the '70s, way before "political correctness" became a thing, Archie Bunker's brand of bigotry was enough to raise eyebrows. Yet that was part of the point. The star of "All in the Family," produced by Norman Lear, Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor) was created as a way to bring dinnertime conversations to the world of sitcom TV.
The groundbreaking show made us think about our prejudices — everything from homosexuality and draft-dodging to women's rights and gun control. It also tackled uncomfortable issues such as rape and open marriages. That was pretty heavy stuff back then, especially with the show airing after such lighthearted fare as "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres" and "Hee-Haw."
During its run, viewers got to witness all of Archie's foibles, along with wife Edith's subservience to Archie (although her character developed into a more independent woman as the series went on). Open-minded daughter Gloria — and especially her husband, the liberal Mike — were perfect foils for Archie's staunch prejudices.
"All in the Family" filmed 202 episodes during its nearly decade-long run. During that period, it was the highest-rated show on TV for five years.
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