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|All in the Family - The Complete Sixth Season|
Actors: Vincent Gardenia, Brendon T. Dillon, Bill Quinn, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor
Directors: Michael Kidd, Bud Yorkin, Norman Campbell, Walter C. Miller, Hal Cooper
Genres: Comedy, Television
All in the Family centers on a working class family man whose conservative views of the world clash with nearly everyone he meets. The cast of supporting characters includes Archie?s long-suffering but loving wife Edith (J... more »
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The greatest sitcom ever ... despite what NBC thinks
Michael K. Beusch | San Mateo, California United States | 12/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NBC loves to hang the moniker "greatest ____ ever" on its TV shows as if saying so makes it so. First, The Cosby Show was the greatest sitcom ever, then Seinfeld, then Friends. Of course, according to NBC, ER is the greatest program in the history of television, so we all have to discuss comedy programs in and of themselves. If NBC spent nearly as much time creating good new shows as it does in shamelessly overhyping their old shows, they probably would still be ahead of CBS in the ratings.
For my money, no sitcom will ever top the great All in the Family in any respect -- acting, writing and overall influence. To get an idea of what dire straits TV comedy was in before All in the Family, take a look at an episode of one of the other sitcoms that was on the air at the time: Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, the last, sad days of Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies. The country had grown up, but television sitcoms had stayed rooted in the same dated themes of the 1950's and 1960's: either sterilized white bread families or gimmicky hocus pocus that took the place of the quality writing of classics like I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Subjects like Vietnam, flower children, drugs, poverty, racism, homosexuality and rape were taboos.
Enter Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria who dealt with all those issues and more head on in every episode. While Carol Brady scolded her children for saying the word "stinker," Archie Bunker held a lengthy dissertation on the phrase "god damn it." While Samantha Stevens was still dealing with her wacky witch and morlock relatives, the Bunkers were coming face to face with a transsexual. While the perpetually backwards residents of The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres discussed barn dances and pig raising, the Bunkers talked about the bombing of Cambodia and Watergate.
To be sure, Archie Bunker was a caricature -- a personification of all the old time, outdated prejudiced values that were so out of step in the early 70's. Creator Norman Lear's political perspective is cleary on the side of Mike and Gloria Stivic rather than Archie or Edith. However, Lear, who modeled the character of Archie on his father, wisely gave Archie Bunker a good soul. It's clear that deep down, Archie is a good person who can't deal with the changes in his life and the country without lashing out angrily at them.
The supreme achievement of All in the Family is that it takes all that anger and controversy and makes them funny. In the episode where the Jeffersons move into the neighborhood, for example, Archie's bigoted opposition to letting a black family could have made the situation ugly and very, very unfunny. However, Archie's opposition and fear is lampooned, making the point that discriminating on the basis of race is ridiculous. It's certainly deeper and more meaningful than Soup Nazis or finding out which two members of the Friends ensemble will sleep with each other next.
In addition, the cast is probably the best ever assembled for sitcom with the possible exceptions of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Carroll O'Connor as Archie, Jean Stapleton as Edith, Rob Reiner as Mike Stivic and Sally Struthers as Gloria are absolute magic together and still manage to convey how much they love each other even while they argue about and disagree about everything. In addition, the supporting cast would later include so many great actors and actresses as so many great characters that All in the Family would spawn five spinoffs. A true measure of how much the characters come to mean to the audience is in the episode "Gloria's Pregnancy." When Gloria miscarries, Archie goes to comfort her. Even though he can't find the right words to say, the look that passes between Archie and Gloria is extremely moving and touching. The characters yell and scream the most horrible things at each other, but when push comes to shove, they are a real, loving family.
No matter how much NBC and other networks may hype their sitcoms as being the best ever, All in the Family will always be king. The show made television grow up and meet the issues of the day head on while still making the audience laugh and care."
Just When You Think It Might Be Dead...Another Season Surfac
BRADLEY R HUTSON | Illinois | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hooray! It had been almost a year since Season Five was released, with no sign of Season Six on the horizon...until now! I'm giving this title a five-star rating despite the fact that I know it will be plagued with picture imperfections and will almost certainly contain no extras. Why? Because this release, despite those minor frustrations, will afford me the opportunity to view yet another season of this classic show in the original CBS broadcast versions, as opposed to the horrendously butchered reruns shown on TV Land!
It's getting exciting now, since we're getting closer to the end. With each additional season, the chances of getting the rest of the show released keep getting better and better. Please be sure to support this season, as doing so will let Sony Home Entertainment know that we want ALL of the seasons on DVD!"
Where is Season 7?
M. A. Rivera | NY, NY | 04/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is beyond ridiculous at this point. Millions of fans have anxiously awaited the release of these DVDs. What is the hold up?! Is Sony not planning on releasing the rest of the series?! Why release 6 seasons and stop there? Is Sony prepared to refund customers who paid good money for half of a series? I know that I did not start collecting these DVDs just to be left with an incomplete set. There isn't even any talk about a future release date, no news at all. What IS the problem? I think this is a digrace and I'm pretty much done with Sony. Customer satisfaction is obviously not a priority."
I thought it would never get here!
DL3377 | 12/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The rate at which these seasons are being released is so pitifully slow it detracts from ones enjoyment of the series. It took 5 years to get to season 6, and there are still 3 seasons to go, not to mention 3 additional seasons of Archie Bunker's place which have yet to be released. Let's go with the remaining seasons so I can enjoy them before I retire!"