- Network: CBS
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 12, 1971
- Starring: Sally Struthers, Carroll O'Connor, Rob Reiner
All in the Family was first seen in January of 1971 and immediately changed the face of television. Not only was this the number one television series from 1971 through 1976, but it also signified an avalanche of other situation comedies that dealt with controversial subjects in realisticAll in the Family was first seen in January of 1971 and immediately changed the face of television. Not only was this the number one television series from 1971 through 1976, but it also signified an avalanche of other situation comedies that dealt with controversial subjects in realistic ways. Including, Chico & the Man, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times and Sanford & Son. The series centered around the Bunker family who lived in a home located at 704 Houser Street in Queens, New York. Archie Bunker was the main character, and what a character he was. He was televisons most famous bigot, crass and down right rude. Yet he was loveable, with a soft side just beneath the surface. Edith Bunker was his somewhat dizzy wife whom he called "Dingbat". Edith put up with Archie and had qualities about her that made her one of television's most unforgetable characters. Also living in the Bunker household were Archie and Edith's daughter, Gloria, and her husband Mike, or "Meathead" as Archie called him.The stories revolved around many controversial topics including, rape, sex, homosexuality, death, and other topics that were relevant to the 1970's, especially political strife and inflation. Archie Bunker was probably the first character in a situation comedy to use racist remarks referring to blacks and other minorities, yet another first for television.Other frequent cast members include, the black neighbors, the Jeffersons, who got their own series, The Jeffersons in 1975. The Lorenzos were also neighbors. In 1975, Gloria had a son, Joey, and three years later in 1978, Gloria, Mike and Joey moved away to California, leaving Edith and Archie alone. Not for long, however. Soon they took in a niece, Stephanie Mills, who had been abandoned by her father.The original format ended in 1979 which was when the series was renamed Archie Bunker's Place. The new format centered around Archie running his local tavern which he bought in 1977.CBS Broadcast HistoryJan 1971-Jul 1971 Tuesdays 9:30 p.m.
Sep 1971-Sep 1975 Saturdays 8:00 p.m.
Sep 1975-Sep 1976 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
Sep 1976-Oct 1976 Wednesdays 9:00 p.m.
Nov 1976-Sep 1977 Saturdays 9:00 p.m.
Oct 1977-Oct 1978 Sundays 9:00 p.m.
Oct 1978-Sep 1979 Sundays 8:00 p.m.Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better)#1 1971-1972 Season
#1 1972-1973 Season
#1 1973-1974 Season
#1 1974-1975 Season
#1 1975-1976 Season
#12 1976-1977 Season
#5 1977-1978 Season
#10 1978-1979 Season… Expand
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Season 9 premiere date: Sep 24, 1978
- Episode Length: 30
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Mar 5, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The ninth and ultimately final season of All In The Family is sort of a conundrum. On one hand, the entire season is weak compared to earlier efforts. However, at the same time, by this point in the show the main characters (Archie & Edith) are so well-developed that just their presence alone is often enough to carry episodes.
The main problem with Season Nine is the absence of Mike ("Meathead") & Gloria Stivic, now gone to California with grandson Joey. Both characters only appear in one special Christmas episode. Thus, long gone are the staple Michael/Archie arguments that comprised the bulk of the show's humor.
As a result, this season is as much (if not more) a drama than a comedy. The inclusion of little Stephanie adds some heartfelt moments, while Archie is given more of a "heart" than ever before. I really have to give credit to show creator Norman Lear in this respect. He knew that comedy is fleeting, so he slowly transformed AITF into more of a dramatic program that really allowed it to survive for 3-4 decent seasons once the gut-busting had run dry.
It is a little disappointing that this wonderful show wasn't given the send-off it deserved. The final scene is touching, but that whole episode should have been an AITF celebration, not a stand-alone plot.
Overall, this is a decent season that does add some significant wrinkles to the show and its history. Clearly, the writers were in uncharted territory with the major casting changes, but they still managed to coast to a pretty good final season. Enough so that the sequel "Archie Bunker's Place" actually seems like a decent proposition for viewing.… Expand