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All in the Family - The Complete First Season (1971)

Carroll O'Connor , Jean Stapleton , Norman Lear  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers
  • Directors: Norman Lear
  • Format: Dolby, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y4RZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All in the Family - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Boy, the way the Beaver played. Ricky Nelson made the hit parade. Voices they were seldom raised. Those were the days. And then, on January 12, 1971, America met the Bunkers, and sitcoms would never be the same. The Bunkers were TV's first dysfunctional family: blue-collar bigot Archie (the late Carroll O'Connor in his iconic role), his long-suffering but loving wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), "little goil" Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her liberal husband "Meathead" Mike (Rob Reiner). Series creator Norman Lear broke near every rule and taboo in adapting the British series "Till Death Do Us Part" for American television. The series pilot, "Meet the Bunkers," was a bracing shocker that dared to find humor in prejudice. Archie dispenses racial epithets and ethnic slurs. Mike and Gloria clearly have an active sex life, while Edith, in the pilot at any rate, is more "pip" than "dingbat." In its first season, the series refused to, in Archie's words, "stifle" itself, tackling such hot-button topics as homophobia ("Judging Books by Covers"), racism ("Lionel Moves into the Neighborhood"), feminism ("Gloria Discovers Women's Lib"), and the generation gap (the touching "Success Story," with William Windom as Archie's former army buddy, a successful man who is revealed to be estranged from his son). All in the Family was a rich human comedy. Brought to life by a peerless ensemble, these characters would come to feel like family. Their foibles produced some of television's biggest laughs. They could also make us cry, as with the heartbreaking "Gloria's Pregnancy." Another series landmark is the season finale, "The First and Last Supper," in which we meet Isabel Sanford's Louise Jefferson (but, hilariously, not her husband, George). All in the Family was an instant lightning rod for controversy but went on to earn the comedy Emmy Award in its first year. This three-disc set has no extras (future sets will hopefully contain commentary by Lear or surviving cast members), but each episode is presented complete and uncut, restoring the funny, sometimes touching codas that were cut for syndication. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

From one of television's pioneering creators, Norman Lear comes one of the most beloved families in television history, the Bunkers, starring Carroll O'Connor as Archie, Jean Stapleton as Edith, Rob Reiner as Mike "Meathead" Stivic and Sally Struthers as Gloria. Television was changed forever the night of January 12, 1971, when the premiere episode of "All in the Family" debuted. This three disc set contains the first complete season. The show's central character, Archie Bunker, is a working-class family man who holds bigoted, conservative views of the world. His viewpoints clash with nearly everyone he comes into contact with, especially his liberal son-in-law Mike Stivic (or, as Archie delights in calling him, "Meathead"). The two disagree about nearly everything: politics, minorities, sex, religion, economics, war, gun control, crime, free speech, women's rights, morality, philosophy and (so it seems) life in general. Archie's daughter, Gloria, often (but not always) sides with Mike, while his saintly wife, Edith, is the rock that holds the family together. Edith is as friendly, reserved, considerate and open-minded as Archie is bigoted, loud, rude and closed-minded; however, the love and faithfulness between them is undeniable. During the course of its remarkable eight-year run, All in the Family was nominated for an amazing 48 Emmy Awards, taking home 20 trophies with multiple wins for all of the lead characters as well as three wins for Outstanding Comedy Series. Numerous spin-off series resulted from All in the Family including the very successful "Maude" and "The Jeffersons."

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classic TV shows. July 30, 2002
By Deanna
Debuting as a mid-season replacement series on January 12, 1971, All in the Family became one of the most influential comedies in TV history and made an immediate impact on the entire television industry. The sitcom revolves around blue-collar worker Archie Bunker (played by the beloved Carroll O'Connor) and his family. A bigot, Archie makes no bones about his racial and political views. His wife Edith, who he refers to as Dingbat, is ditzy, but her sweetness and good heart provide a perfect balance for the harsh character of Archie. Also residing in the Bunker house is Archie's daughter Gloria and her husband Michael. Some of the greatest commentary and comedic moments come from the verbal sparring between the narrow-minded Archie and the thoughtful, liberal Meathead.
In this collection, you'll be getting the following episodes:

1. "Meet The Bunkers"- It's Archie and Edith's wedding anniversary, so Gloria and Mike try to whip up a party atmosphere for them.
2. "Writing the President"- Upon learning that Mike has written a letter of criticism to President Nixon, Archie becomes so upset that he writes a letter of his own in praise of Nixon.
3. "Oh, My Aching Back"- Archie tries to sue for whiplash after a minor auto accident and seeks out a Jewish lawyer to fight the case for him.
4. "Archie Gives Blood"- Archie becomes a blood donor, but he insists on knowing who the blood will be going to because his theory is "black blood" is different from "white blood."
5. "Judging Books By Covers"- Archie ridicules one of Mike and Gloria's friends for being gay.
6. "Gloria's Pregnancy"- Archie goes through the ceiling when he finds out that Gloria is going to have a baby and Mike has no means of supporting the child.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blue collar bigot makes television comedy relevant March 20, 2002
When "All in the Family" premiered on CBS on January 12, 1971, "TV Guide" introduced it as "A Lighthearted Look at Prejudice," warning viewers "Situation comedy takes a giant step with this adult social satire." In retrospect, even that declaration is an incredible understatement. Other than the "Texaco Star Theater," which made Milton Berle "Mr. Television" and sold millions of television sets, there is not another show in the history of television as significant as "All in the Family." Before its abbreviated first season there were "idiot" situation comedies like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Hogan's Heroes," and "My Mother the Car." After "All in the Family" came relevant shows like "Maude," "The Jeffersons," and "M*A*S*H" and nobody doubts that it was AITF that changed the rules of the game.
Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin, "All in the Family" was based on the British series "Till Death Do Us Part." The family in question were the Bunkers, which consisted of bigoted Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), his kindly "dingbat" wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), their naively idealistic daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her husband, Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner), an argumentative liberal "meathead" who sorely tries Archie's deeply conservative soul. Archie Bunker was unlike anything ever seen on television: he held every negative racial or ethic stereotype in the book and used slurs never before heard on television. But the series also dealt with serious issues. "All in the Family" is the only television series in history to finish 1st in the Nielsen's five years running and all four stars won multiple Emmys in their respective acting categories.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How could they mess up perfection? April 3, 2002
Let me say if I were to review the comedy alone contained within, this gets 6 stars, however this is a boxset and factoring that in, this is dismal. Every mistake in the book is here as far as how NOT to bring a classic series to dvd.
No Chapter Skips? Check.
No pilot? Check.
Poor transfer? Check.
Flimsy, awkward, (though nice looking) packaging? Check.
No remastered sound? Check.
No extras? Check.
I have a majority of these on the official Columbia House VHS series, and somehow the picture on those tends to be marginally better. Who woulda thought you could mess up perfection? The picture is sort of fuzzy, and every now and again you can see some digital imperfection. I am satisfied with the set because it is a space saver, but thats about it (other than the obvious quality of the perfomances). Why even take the time to bring these to dvd, then cut every corner in the book? Will I buy season 2? You betcha.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good News: Archie Bunker's On DVD! October 30, 2003
What a treat to have all of these famous Archie-isms now on DVD. Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker shall live forever as one of the finest characters ever created for the small screen. Always controversial, but always well-written, was the character of Archibald Bunker of 704 Houser Street in Queens.
These 13 first-season episodes of "All In The Family" (as well as nearly the entire batch of episodes contained in the Season Two follow-up DVD boxed set) are some of my favorites of the entire series (which ran for all or part of nine seasons, from January 1971 to April 1979).
The debut episode, which probably had the show's creators on pins and needles when it first aired, is a fabulous premiere program for Archie and his gang. Take note how Edith, in show #1, isn't quite the totally dominated housewife that she'd become in later episodes. She holds her own a few times with her hubby in the "Meet The Bunkers" debut. Such as her jab at Archie about the church service they just attended: "Mister religion here wasn't quite seeing eye to eye with the sermon". :)
You'll get to see the entire "epilogue" sequences for each program on these DVDs as well, rather than the usual trimmed-down-for-more-commercials versions that are likely to be shown on broadcast TV.
Other first-rate Season One episodic Archie adventures include such Classics as "Lionel Moves Into The Neighborhood" (which features the burst-out-loud hilarious "Watermelon Rinds" Archie-ism!); "Edith Has Jury Duty"; and "Archie Gives Blood".
The picture quality is, sadly, not very good on this set of DVDs. Not much better, if any, than VHS quality. Many scenes are downright blurry; and might have you rubbing your eyes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All in the family
I don't know why I was asked to rate this. I never did like the show. I don't remember buying it; I don't want it.
Published 2 months ago by L. Pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was physically Fine.
I did not remember how "raw" the show material was. We buy the DVD for entertainment, So we do not appreciate this type of "humor ".
Published 2 months ago by R Killam
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series of the 70's.
Great series. I have all the seasons and never get sick of the lessons and the laughs. Brings me back to my own family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loretta N. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars keep it all in the family.
Love it....the sitcom is so hilarious!!these characters remind me of relatives, friend, and co-workers that it surreal on how one life's view can leave a impact of emotions of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by candygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
I really enjoy watching these shows again. My whole family loves them. They make for a night of hearty laughter! Comedy has never been this funny since!
Published 3 months ago by Linda C. Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Been a long time since I saw my 84-year-old Mom laugh so hard, but today she broke all the old records watching some of these episodes I got her for Christmas. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Don Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars teach your children well
I watched this when it first came out in 1967 and it was ground breaking and me and my family loved it, I was 17, now my daughter a 30 year old psychology major working on her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by james singler
4.0 out of 5 stars All in the Family
I always liked this show from when I was young and it first came out. I like to speak my mind too even if it makes people mad!!!
Published 3 months ago by R. Marie Lapcinski
2.0 out of 5 stars old sitcoms
I know we used to laugh at this til our sides hurt Some how, even tho Carrol O'Connor is one of our favorites, the humor isn't what it used to be.
Published 4 months ago by Peni Read
3.0 out of 5 stars ALL IN THE FAMILY = SEASON #1
This set of disks requires the viewer to reset the next episode after each one. This is not only unnecessary but precludes a handicapped person to watch the complete season, if... Read more
Published 4 months ago by marinela
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