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All in the Family 20th Anniversary [VHS] (1971)

Carroll O'Connor , Jean Stapleton  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, Mike Evans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: June 21, 1994
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302240840
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long before 1990s sitcoms made dysfunctional families fashionable, America had Edith and Archie Bunker. Every week as the war in Vietnam raged on, they could be counted on, seated at the piano, singing of the good old days as they welcomed America into their fractured-fairy-tale home for another episode of All in the Family.

Equal parts comedy and social commentary, All in the Family offered a televised mirror to a nation struggling to redefine itself in an increasingly complex world. The show shocked and seduced, arousing its audience as it continually reflected society in ways unprecedented and still unequaled.

Norman Lear, the show's creator, hosts this 20th anniversary best of the Bunkers, offering scenes from the finest and funniest episodes: Archie slinging ethnic slurs, Meathead Mike ranting on Richard Nixon, Edith and Archie confronting his impotency, and Edith learning of the lump in her breast. These and many more highlights remind how the show scandalously addressed topics taboo at the time, yet undeniably present in everyday life.

As the warning screen indicated when the show made its debut: The program you are about to see seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show--in a mature fashion--just how absurd they are. Indeed. --Stephan Magcosta

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special April 20, 2001
By Dave
Whatever I try to write about this show will not credit everyone involved enough to do the show justice but I will do my best. Everytime I see the repeated episodes on Nick at Nite I can remember watching those same repeated shows with my parents in the 80's when I was just a kid. The nostalgic feeling I get is unlike anything I have experienced watching television. The show strikes a nerve in all of us that can't occur watching any other TV program or movie in my opinion. Archie was brilliantly created by Norman Lear and directed as perfectly by Hal Cooper. Jean Stapleton may be one of the best actresses in entertainment history. Her ability to play a character like Edith had to take all her strength and talents because it was done perfectly. Rob Reiner's and Sally Struthers' characters will never be duplicated by any TV couple now and forever. The show's stories were the most powerful messages any sitcom has achieved and will never be achieved again. The rape episode when Edith overcame the situation could have won an emmy on its own for best actress. Another example of this with regard to Edith is when she stood up to Archie about her working at the senior citizen's center. Archie could have won emmies on single episodes many times over. The two we can never forget and must never ever forget is the Christmas episode with Mike's friend who was a draft dodger sharing the dinner table with not only Archie in Archie's house but Archie's friend who lost his son in the war. The performance put forth by Archie in this episode will never be duplicated by any actor in a sitcom again. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best TV Show of the 1970's April 8, 2000
All in the Family is the best show of the 1970's, and possibly the greatest comedy show of all time. This tape highlights the funniest moments of the program, but to truly appreciate the genius of All in the Family, entire episodes must be seen. I personally have on video nearly every episode of this wonderful show. It is amazing that throughout a run of almost an enitre decade, virtually every episode was thought-provoking, shocking, heart-warming, and most of all, side-splittingly funny. The characters of Archie and Edith Bunker are permanently stamped on the landscape of American television. Archie, outrageously bigoted, was deep down a caring and thoughtful man, who occasionally shows his ability to be a man of intense compassion and love, especially for his loving and loyal wife Edith. Archie was capable of acts of incredible stupidity and calousness, but when his family was in trouble, he always came through. It is a program that will never be replicated, and can simply never be topped. It is a portrait of a narrow minded man and his innane, backwards beliefs, but it managed to capture a nation of loyal fans. Watching just a few episodes of All in the Family (some of which are available from Amazon.com on video in their entirety) only serves to emphasize how truly dull and unimaginative American television has become. All in the Family is likely the best situation comedy ever on television, and certainly one of the best programs of any sort ever. This video showcases some of the best moments, but only scratches the surface of this magnificent show.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great synopsis of the series as a whole August 27, 2001
By Me
This video has loads of scenes from many different episodes of All in the Family; with emphasis on everything from Archie's prejudice to Edith's ever-present kindheartedness and innocence to Meathead's liberalism and Gloria's squeaky voice, with Norman Lear, the castmembers, and some fans/naysayers of the show interspersed in between. This trip down Memory Lane is well worth the money! The only thing that is not in the video is any appearance or mention of the little girl named "Stephanie" played by Danielle Brisbois. "Joey" does make a few appearances; when Archie "baptizes" him and when Gloria and Mike decide to "move out West" with Joey in tow and say their tearful goodbyes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re Live Archie March 21, 1999
By A Customer
This is a great video. If you loved All in the Family, then you need to see this video. It remembers all of the good, the bad and the ugly that happended on the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best moments of a landmark series January 31, 2003
"All in the Family" has been reviewed, re-reviewed, analyzed and re-analyzed till little anything original is left. Who cares? This series was a true revolutionary for its time and had the gonads enough to tackle real-life social issues and problems in real-life fashion, something that comedies then didn't do. This video, a compilation of highlights from the series, comes no where near capturing ALL the highlights of the program: you'd have to get cassettes of literally every episode to savor all those other highlights for which not enough time exists in this compilation. We do get the treat of some classics, like the historic kiss Sammy Davis Jr. plants on Archie while a camera captures it, "Meathhead" Michael's frustrating rantings to Archie about "Tricky Dick" and a then-bold episode where "Dingbat" Edith finds a lump in her breast. But some of the other highlights you won't see here are those showing Edith's evolution from passive to formidable wife, and her standing up with a strength the comes from unflappable conviction of her beliefs. We miss the powerfully devastating show where Edith escapes a sexual assault by decking her victimizer with her own birthday cake, nor do we see (or are we likely to as long as Norman Lear has his way) Archie's heartbreaking acceptance of his wife's death. Still, this compilation is a dandy and gives us just enough of an appetite to ask for more. In that respect, the late Carroll O'Connor, who pumped an amazing life into the character of Archie Bunker, and a cast of stellar other performers, has left us with an indelible and priceless legacy.
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