This truly groundbreaking series had a run of nine great seasons, and for five consecutive seasons was the most watched comedy program on television. ‘All In The Family’ is ranked #4 on TV Guide’s list of the greatest television shows of all time, comedy or drama. The show earned Emmys for all of the main actors, and earned three for Best Comedy Series. The show also resulted in several highly acclaimed spin-offs. Why do I mention all of this? Because I think that this is one of those rare instances where all of the recognition and accolades just could not be more deserved. When it comes to music I am affected by excellence and passion, but I’ve also found that the excellent writing and passionate performances in this show have often moved me. I cannot pay a higher compliment to this show than that.
I was very young when ‘All In The Family’ premiered, but thanks to reruns now showing in perpetuity I think that I’ve now seen every episode of this monumental television series. Although I was very young when the show premiered, the show ran for nine seasons, so as a youngster I can remember watching the show from time to time. And while I do remember liking the show, I am certain that at the time I had absolutely no idea what a historic and significant series it would end up being. Simply put, in my opinion, this is the best sitcom of all time, with nothing else really coming all that close. And I am not all that old, so I can and do appreciate some of the other outstanding comedies of the last 30 years, but AITF is simply without peer; literally. Admittedly, there have been several other outstanding comedies which supplied more frequent laughs, but none were as thought-provoking and cleverly written, especially given the deliberately contentious subject matter. And I don’t think it would slight anybody to say that for the most part we have the late great Carroll O’Connor to thank for the wonderful and timeless appeal of the show.
Shortly before his death Carroll recognized and expressed that Archie Bunker was the greatest role of his life. I must agree, and Carroll O’Connor is absolutely without question the most indelible actor to ever appear in a television comedy series. I was unusually saddened by Carroll’s passing in 2001, and as such was compelled to submit this retrospect/review, which is my first for a television program. RIP Carroll.
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I love being able to watch this great show again, brings back memories!
DVD’s are in great condition.
My husband has enjoyed it very much. He’s an avid TV fan who wishes the “oldies” were back.