All in the Family

All in the Family

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The comedy revolves around Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), a working-class World War II veteran. He is a very outspoken bigot, seemingly prejudiced against everyone who is not a U.S.-born, politically conservative, heterosexual White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and dismissive of anyone not in agreement with his view of the world. His ignorance and stubbornness tend to cause his malapropism-filled arguments to self-destruct. He often responds to uncomfortable truths by blowing a raspberry. He longs for simpler times when people sharing his viewpoint were in charge, as evidenced by the nostalgic theme song "Those Were the Days", the show's original title. 
 
By contrast, his wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) is a sweet and understanding—if somewhat naïve—woman. She usually defers to her husband. On the rare occasions when Edith takes a stand she proves to be one of the wisest characters, as evidenced in the episodes "The Battle of the Month" and "The Games Bunkers Play". Archie often tells her to "stifle" herself and calls her a "dingbat".[4] Despite their different personalities they love each other deeply. 
 
They have one child, Gloria (Sally Struthers), who is married to college student Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner). "Michael" is referred to as "Meathead" by Archie and "Mike" by nearly everyone else. Mike is a bit of a hippie, and his morality is informed by the counterculture of the 1960s. He and Archie represent the real-life clash between two generations. They constantly clash over religious, political, social, and personal issues. For much of the series the Stivics live in the Bunkers' home to save money, providing even more opportunity for the two men to irritate each other. When Mike finally graduates college and the Stivics move out, it turns out to be to the house next door. The house was offered to them by George Jefferson, the Bunkers' former neighbor, who knows it will irritate Archie. In addition to calling him "Meathead", Archie also frequently cites Mike's Polish ancestry, referring to him as a "dumb Polack". 
 
The show is set in the Astoria section of Queens, one of New York City's five boroughs, with the vast majority of scenes taking place in the Bunkers' home (and later, frequently, the Stivics' home). Occasional scenes take place in other locations, most often (especially during later seasons) Kelcy's Bar, a neighborhood tavern where Archie spends a good deal of time and which he eventually buys.

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Till Death Us Do Part

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How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  5  / Episode:  5 
Duel Citizenship

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
Barney is helping Robin prepare for her U.S. Citizenship test by quizzing her on what he thinks is real American knowledge. Robin correctly guesses that it is George Jefferson who was Archie Bunker's neighbor.

30 Rock:
Season:  5  / Episode:  3 
Let's Stay Together

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
Jack calls Congressman Rob Reiner, 'Meathead', a reference to his character on the tv series 'All in the Family'.

The Simpsons:
Season:  23  / Episode:  4 
Replaceable You

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
The couch is on display at the Smithsonian Museum a la Archie Bunker's chair. The Simpsons break in and sit down.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  5  / Episode:  7 
The Rough Patch

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
Barney insults Robin by saying Neil Young (her favorite singer, who is also Canadian) sounds like an old woman when he sings. He asks if Neil Young is the same lady who plays Archie Bunker's wife in the television series All in the Family.

Family Guy:
Season:  13  / Episode:  1 
The Simpsons Guy

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
The family is watching an 'All in the Family'/'Modern Family' crossover on TV.

The Simpsons:
Season:  23  / Episode:  8 
The Ten-Per-Cent Solution

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
Marge tells Homer that many television shows are rip offs of the series 'The Honeymooners'. She lists the names, Ralph, Fred, Archie (from 'All in the Family') and King of Queens as examples of other shows that have the same kind of plot as 'The Honeymooners'.

Ray Donovan:
Season:  3  / Episode:  8 
Tulip

This Television Episode refers to All in the Family
Bunchy does an impression of Edith Bunker, a character on the television series 'All in the Family'.

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704 Hauser

This Television Series is a spin-off of All in the Family
704 Hauser is a spin-off of the series All in the Family.
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Archie Bunker's Place

This Television Series is a spin-off of All in the Family
'Archie Bunker's Place' is a sitcom spin-off from 'All in the Family'. 'Archie Bunker's Place' picks up where 'All in the Family' left off in it's series finale.
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The Jeffersons

This Television Series is a spin-off of All in the Family
'The Jeffersons' is a spin-off of 'All in the Family'. The main characters of The Jeffersons were the Bunkers' former next-door neighbors George Jefferson and his wife, Louise "Weezie" Jefferson. George Jefferson was the owner of a chain of seven successful dry-cleaning stores; as The Jeffersons begins, they have just moved from the Bunkers' neighborhood to a luxury high-rise apartment building in Manhattan's Upper East Side. George was considered to be the "black Archie Bunker," and just as racist as Archie.
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Season:  2  / Episode:  13 
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