All in the Family… “THOSE WERE THE DAYS!”

By Rebeka Knott

Television sitcom, All in the Family, was one of those shows that premiered in the early 1970’s intended to relate to “real,” and current social issues. Instead of the family coming to the dinner table with clean hands, good manners and pleasant things to discuss, the Bunkers “let it all hang out!”

The Bunker family, who lived in Queens, NY, consisted of Archie, wife/mother, Edith and one daughter, Gloria.

In Archie’s mind, all was well. Enter, Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner), who was the posterchild for the 1960’s counterculture movement.

Archie never saw Edith as his equal. She was, admittedly, naïve and he often referred to her as, “Dingbat.” However disrespectful that was, she never challenged him on it.

Reviews of the first season of All in the Family were guarded. This was due to the nature of the topics depicted. The show eventually even ranked No. 1 in the Nielson ratings for 5 years. Whether people liked the show or not, it definitely had everyone talking!