All in the Family: The Complete First Season [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Synopsis


From the vantage point of the early 21st century, it is hard to imagine the shocking impact of All in the Family's premiere episode, "Meet the Bunkers," in which the world was introduced to Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), who apparently never met a minority group he liked and whose vocabulary was sprinkled with outrageous racial epithets. Also introduced in this landmark episode are Archie's slow-witted but good-hearted wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), aka "Dingbat"; Archie's airheaded daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers); and Gloria's grad-student husband, Mike (Rob Reiner), a flaming liberal and the bane of Archie's existence. Additionally, this opening episode features the first appearance of Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson, a black youth who delights in needling Archie without his knowing it. Several of the series' earliest episodes have become classics of their kind. Among the highlights: Archie writes a fan letter to President Nixon, fakes a back injury after a minor traffic accident, worries that some "colored" will be the recipient when he donates a pint of blood, wrongfully assumes that he knows a homosexual when he sees one, and is in for a major shock when he is reunited with an old army buddy. In other stories, the black Jefferson family moves into Archie's lily-white neighborhood (and in the process, Isabel Sanford makes her first appearance as Louise Jefferson); Gloria "discovers" women's lib after a few chauvinistic comments from husband Mike, and in another episode learns that she is pregnant (but not, alas for long); and Edith serves on a jury, inevitably emerging as the sole holdout in an otherwise unanimous "guilty" verdict. Ratings for All in the Family's first season were shaky, but that wasn't the series' fault. Several CBS affiliates, nervous about the series' controversial content, delayed the program's telecast to the low-rated late evening hours, while other affiliates refused to run the show at all. But, thanks to word-of-mouth and a torrent of positive criticism in the mainstream press, All in the Family survived its freshman year, and by the end of season two, the series was America's top-rated program.

Cast & Crew


  • Carroll O'Connor - Archie Bunker
  • Jean Stapleton - Edith Bunker
  • Sally Struthers - Gloria Bunker Stivic
  • Rob Reiner - Mike Stivic
  • Mike Evans - Lionel Jefferson




Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Elite TV Show

    Posted
    JKoz

    Here is the season that started it all. A series that was not afriad to touch upon a subject most people would not talk about. Great first season episodes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All in the Family

    Posted
    chunkrodgers
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Awesome show. Funny and controversial for today's times. Great for the non PC person. I LOVE it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great old show

    Posted
    CTWS
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Good value, fun to have a whole season on one DVD, easy to use. A gift for my dad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

    Posted
    camdog

    everything is just right it came on time it's in excellent condition thank you

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact disc

    Posted
    eagles99
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    All in the Family is one of the great television series ever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great choice

    Posted
    Sami
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Season one I believe is the best episodes I love this dvd

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ahead of it's time..

    Posted
    TestingPoint
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Hilarious, terrifically honest, and refreshingly un-PC. Classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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