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  • Actors: Vincent Gardenia, Brendon T. Dillon, Bill Quinn, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton
  • Directors: Michael Kidd, Bud Yorkin, Norman Campbell, Walter C. Miller, Hal Cooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 621 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTGY78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All in the Family - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

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  • Contains all twenty-four episodes form the fifth season

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The fifth season of ALL IN THE FAMILY continued its trailblazing formula, tackling controversial issues with shockingly irreverent humor. Number one in the ratings for the fifth straight year, audiences now felt as comfortable in the Bunkers' living room as they did in their own. But this would be a year of change for Archie (Carroll O'Connor) and Edith (Jean Stapleton), with friends moving on up and family moving out. Like the rest of the country, the Bunkers cope with rising inflation (in a multi-episode storyline), causing Edith to join the workforce. Meanwhile, next-door neighbors the Jeffersons leave their modest Queens house for a "deluxe apartment in the sky;" the pilot for the spin-off series "The Jeffersons" appears here as an episode of ALL IN THE FAMILY. By the end of the season, Mike (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (Sally Struthers) decide it's high time to move out of Archie's house to find their own place to live. Winner of a Golden Globe® award, the fifth season also

Expecting anything resembling growth from Archie Bunker is like asking the sun to rise in the west: it ain't gonna happen. Accordingly, the most unrepentantly incorrigible character in TV sit-com history is his old self throughout this three-disc box set, which includes all 24 episodes from the fifth season of producer Norman Lear's All in the Family. Which is to say that Archie (played brilliantly as always by Carroll O'Connor) is an irascible, intolerant, sexist, ignorant, cheap misanthrope. Funny, too.

Still, a few subtle changes are apparent. For one thing, this was the mid-'70s, the Gerald Ford era, and after the tumultuous Richard Nixon years, things were a little mellower… sometimes even Archie. Sure, he's still a guy with a blue collar and red state politics (on Nixon and Watergate: "He did not lie. He forgot to tell the truth"), a bigot ("the whole place is locked up tighter than a Jew's purse") and a master of malapropisms ("that's the crotch of the problem"). But Archie's political arguments with son-in-law Mike "Meathead" Stivic (Rob Reiner) are fewer and farther between; in fact, the overall tone of the show seems a bit lighter, with more outright slapstick humor, and the almost constant bickering is less shrill than before. That's a welcome development, as are the occasional moments when Archie reveals that he might even have a heart.

Season Five also finds George and Louise Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford) and son Lionel (Mike Evans) moving out of the neighborhood (the pilot for The Jeffersons is one of the episodes here), while daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) and Meathead move into the Jeffersons' house next door at season's end. But perhaps the most notable change is Edith's gradual willingness to stand up to her husband. She's still a dingbat, but her assertiveness and confidence show through from time to time, especially in the hilarious episode 18 ("All's Fair"), in which Edith, coached by Mike and Gloria, learns how to engage Archie in a fair fight.

Although the box set contains no bonus material, it does include a "Best Of" episode with highlights from the first 100 shows, hosted by Henry Fonda, of all people. And look for future Oscar winner James Cromwell in the recurring role of Stretch Cunningham, one of Archie's co-workers. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

When Gloria miscarries, Archie goes to comfort her.
Michael K. Beusch
I have all 5 seasons and each one is as good as the season it followed.
William K. Miller
I highly recommend this STILL hilarious show, enjoy!

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By BRADLEY R HUTSON on October 27, 2005
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All right! I've been waiting a LONG time for this one. This is the season where George and Louise Jefferson will "move on up" to the dee-luxe apartment in the sky. Those of us who were only 2-1/2 years old when this episode originally aired will now be afforded the opportunity to see it in it's original CBS broadcast entirety! Of course, the pilot for "The Jeffersons" is not at all the only good thing that you will get if you buy this season. "All in the Family" was still in fine form at this point with all original players intact, fussing and fighting their way through all kinds of situations and keeping you well entertained for hours upon hours!

Hopefully the glitches that plagued the Season 4 set will not be present here, but if they are bear in mind that videotape does NOT age well. With or without the minor imperfections, we should just be grateful to get our hands on this uncut TV classic in a format that will not deteriorate any further than it already has. It definitely beats the hacked-to-pieces versions that TV Land airs! It's nothing short of shameful how much of the show has been removed over the years to make room for so many more commercials than it was meant for! Supporting these box sets will give the studio faith to keep them coming, and eventually those heavily edited syndicated versions will be made obsolete.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DonkeyKongFan91 on February 25, 2009
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It's the 1974/75 TV season, Nixon is finally out of office (hello Gerald Ford), gas and food prices are still sky high, and Norman Lear dominates half the Top 10 of the TV ratings: at #9 is Maude, at #7 Good Times, which knocked ABC's Happy Days out of the Top 30 for the season, #4 is The Jeffersons, the second spin-off from All In The Family, #2 Sanford and Son and #1 (for the fourth season in a row), All In The Family.

1. The Bunkers and Inflation, Part One (14/9/74): It's Archie and Edith's 26th wedding anniversary, and Archie's union goes on strike... 10/10

2. The Bunkers and Inflation, Part Two (21/9/74): Archie is still on strike, and when he's not picketing, he's at home, getting in Edith's way. 7.5/10

3. The Bunkers and Inflation, Part Three (28/9/74): Archie is STILL on strike, and Edith and Mike end up getting jobs, Edith's being at a certain drycleaners... 9.5/10

4. The Bunkers and Inflation, Part Four (5/10/74): Archie's union finally resolves the strike, but with Archie being in an even worse position. 9.5/10

5. Lionel the Live-In (12/10/74): After a high-decibel late night argument with his father over his girlfriend, Lionel temporarily moves into the Bunker house. 10/10

6. Archie's Helping Hand (19/10/74): Archie gets Irene a job at his plant, not knowing it's one with him... 9/10

7. Gloria's Shock (26/10/74): Mike announces to Gloria that he doesn't want to have any children, shocking and angering Gloria. 9.5/10

8. Where's Archie?, Part One (2/11/74): While Edith is hosting a Tupperware party, Archie hasn't called from Buffalo, meaning he didn't make it to his lodge convention... 6/10.

9. Where's Archie?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lance on July 2, 2006
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Season 5 is one of the best of all! Archie and mike are still doing what they do best....arguing about anything and everything. The best part of the whole season is when Archie finds out that the meathead has bought the Jedderson's old house next door...Arch's expression is PRICELESS!!! I'f you buy this set u won't be sorry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2008
These videos of days gone by continue to bring laughs. Today, there is a tendency to lack appreciation for this form of humor. Today, many would say that these episodes simply are not politically correct. They, I think, were never intended to be PC. That was the point. We need to learn to laugh at ourselves, examine our biases, but not be so up-tight about it. Humor is not an easy genre in which to achieve success. I believe these episodes managed to accomplish the difficult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Manalishi on June 5, 2010
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And for good reason. All In The Family was just so well written and performed. Issues they fight about are still around and it's interesting to see them discussed almost 40 years ago. Just finished the one where Mike is explaining to a dumbfounded Gloria how aerosol cans destroy this thing called the ozone and the effects of that - this in defense of his decision not to "bring children into this world". So many fantastic scenarios are played out with the pure soul that is AITF. And speaking of "green issues" I just want to say that I am happy I went with this old edition which has the fold out case with a disc-holder for each disc and not the new single spool holder for all three discs. This whole "buy green" movement by the DVD execs who want to save a few pennies on packaging is a scam. Good DVD packaging isn't causing environmental pollution - no one throws these things away in the first place. This is just a total hustle that should be seen through by intelligent buyers. These so-called "environmentally friendly" plastic cases that you're seeing in DVDs these days don't protect the insert artwork as well and they damage a lot quicker than the standard cases which contain all the plastic that they should. Just my two cents. I'm so tired of seeing this "go green" scam in relation to DVD companies trying to chince out on quality packaging. End of rave.

Back to AITF, this 5th season is a total winner. The 4th season was noticably weaker I found after having been through seasons 1, 2, and 3. I was expecting the downhill turn to continue. Not so. I don't think the writing has ever been stronger. Don't hesitate to get Season 5 if you love this show. The writing is so good. This is pure ease in television enjoyment. Long live All In The Family. I love this show.
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