All in the Family

821 WordsFeb 21, 20183 Pages
All in the Family In 1971, New York Times columnist Fred Ferretti wrote an article about a new television series called All in the Family. Ferretti asked, whether or not if racism and bigotry were considered funny and he concluded that it was not and as a result believed that the show was lacking good taste. Apparently, the television viewers of America disagreed. Running from 1971 to 1979, All In The Family wasn’t the first television series to tackle major issues on a major network, but what was innovative about the series, was that is that it hewed its situational comedy from topical issues, and it explored them through characters we got to know and cared about every week. Simply put, All in the Family wasn’t just a great situational comedy; it as was an ongoing national conversation rooted in well-written, well-acted and multifaceted characters. In 1969, a young comedy writer named Norman Lear was given approval by CBS to create an American version of the popular British sitcom Till Death Do Us Part. Produced and developed by Lear, this concept of a sitcom about a blue-collar family would eventually become, All in the Family. Premiering in January of 1971, the series focused on the lives of a working-class family from the New York City borough of Queens, The Bunkers. Archie and his “dingbat” wife, Edith as well as their daughter and “little goil” Gloria and her liberal husband Mike “Meathead” Stivic. Although, the storylines of each episode were typically full of
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