I think just about everyone recognizes the Archie Bunker iconic whine. Today in 1971, controversial television comedy “All in the Family” debuts. Watch the opening theme here. Archie is probably my favorite lovable bigot, if that’s an award I can officially give out.
The popular and controversial sitcom All in the Family (CBS, 1971–79) broke with convention and shattered taboos by depicting, in the words of creator Norman Lear, “real people dealing with real issues.”
Social conflicts of the day played out in the Bunkers’ living room as the bigoted Archie clashed with his liberal son-in-law and his wife Edith struggled to keep the peace. With sharp but affectionate humor, the show exposed the flaws and complexities of one American family.
What I love most about the show are the “words” Archie uses, like in this video, Archie makes it clear that “A women’s doctor is only good for women’s problems like “your groinicology”.
Some great quotes from the genius:
- No bum that can’t speak poifect English oughta stay in this country…oughta be de-exported the hell outta here!
- Don’t talk like an ignarosis.
- That’s what Columbus said to the Indians just before he gypped ’em out of Manhattan.
- Florence Nightengown
- Did Lincoln apologize to Alexander Graham Booth?
So many more here.