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All in the Family - The Complete 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

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  • Contains all twenty-four episodes form the fifth season

Product Details

  • 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)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTGY78
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...the days of inflation and strikes, Lionel moving in, Archie going missing, the series' hundredth episode retrospective, "fair fighting", stealing from the workplace, the Jeffersons moving up and Mike finally graduating and he and Gloria making a move of their own. A nice season that still showcases some of the best comedy ever seen on sitcom television. In the fifth season the show was still a fan favorite, riding the wave of popularity it had established in the first season and built heavily on since the critically acclaimed second.

The fifth season contains the following 24 episodes:

The Bunkers and Inflation
Archie and Edith's 26th wedding anniversary coincides with worry that Archie's union will go on strike. Archie and Edith both learn of the strike separately and try to keep it from each other and their party guests.

The Bunkers and Inflation (2)/Archie Underfoot
With his union still on strike Archie is stuck at home trying to keep entertained. Meanwhile as family funds dwindle Edith tries to get the family by on a budget.

The Bunkers and Inflation (3)/Edith the Job Hunter
With Archie still out of work Edith and Mike both search for jobs. When Edith finally gets hired by George Jefferson Archie refuses to take his charity.

The Bunkers and Inflation (4)/Archie's Raise
Archie becomes a homemaker when everyone is working but him and he is at home alone all day. Then the strike is called off when his union gets an increased wage, but is Archie really better off?

Lionel the Live-In
The Jeffersons have been having loud arguments keeping the Bunkers up at night.
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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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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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The fifth season of "All in the Family" was the one in which, in my estimation, the cast really hit its stride. It may be the best season of them all. It's hard to single out any one episode as the best, but here are a few of my favorites:

"Where's Archie?" and the following two episodes. This three-parter revolves around Archie's leaving for a lodge convention in Upstate New York and never arriving. Meanwhile, Mike and Gloria try to keep the news from Edith as long as possible. When she finds out at the end of the first episode, she bursts into tears. Meanwhile, Mike and Gloria go through a box of Archie's mementoes, figuring that they may contain a clue as to his whereabouts. From what they find, they conclude that Archie has run off with Mildred Turner, a young, attractive blonde who works in the office at the loading dock. This turns out to be a mistaken hypothesis, which becomes evident only after some memorably funny dialog with Ms. Turner. It also leaves the question unsolved as to Archie's whereabouts. Finally, Archie comes back at the end of the third episode, with an unbelievable story (but accurate, as it turns out) as to what happened to him.

"Archie and the Miracle." Archie "gets religion" after he escapes by inches being hit by a large falling object on the loading dock. He vows to attend church every Sunday and help out in the church where he can. Needless to say, his commitment quickly wanes, particularly when the pastor asks him to drive the bus for the elderly.

"The Jeffersons Move up." This is the episode where the Jeffersons move from the house next door to their luxury apartment in Manhattan and thus are officially spun off to their own show.
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