The top Nielsen-rated television program from 1971 to 1976, All In The Family is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV sitcoms ever produced.
Ingeniously written and downright hilarious, All In The Family established new ground for TV sitcoms with its willingness to take on the taboo social issues of its day.
Topics covers included bigotry, racism, homosexuality, sexism, death, and other namby-pam, commie-lib feminist ideals (at least that’s how Archie would say it!) A true mammoth in the history of TV, All In The Family also led to a pair of highly successful spin-offs: Maude and The Jeffersons…
The All In The Family (Season 2) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “The Saga of Cousin Oscar” in which Archie’s Cousin Oscar arrives in Queens for a visit.
Considering him a lazy, do-nothing, Archie isn’t pleased to be playing host to Oscar (whom we never actually see), and the irritation is further amplified when Oscar dies in the upstairs bedroom. Now mourners fill Archie’s house, and he must decide whether or not to plan a funeral.
Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “Edith Writes A Song” in which Archie purchases a handgun for protection only to have two robbers use it against him, and “The Election Story” in which Mike and Gloria vociferously campaign for the liberal candidate while Archie throws his hat in with the opposition candidate.
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