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All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season

4.8 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

By the fourth season, Norman Lear's landmark series ALL IN THE FAMILY was on its way to becoming an American institution. It consistently ranked number one in the ratings while at the same time breaking all of prime-time TV's taboos. Archie Bunker's (Carroll O'Connor) shocking politically incorrect diatribes, marriage problems for Mike (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (Sally Struthers), and a breast cancer scare for Edith (Jean Stapleton) all broke with sitcom conventions. In the fourth season, Archie hilariously faced two worthy opponents: neighbor Irene Lorenzo (Betty Garrett), a staunch believer in women's rights, and loud-mouthed George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley), soon to star in the spin-off hit series "The Jeffersons." Rob Reiner won an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received four other nominations this season.

Special Features

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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: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 608 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season" on IMDb

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This fourth "All in the Family" DVD will cover the 1973-74 season, including the following episodes:

* "Archie the Gambler" (Edith demands that Archie stop gambling)

* "Henry's Farewell" (Henry Jefferson is moving. Neither Henry nor Archie wants to have an integrated farewell party at his house)

* "We're Having a Heat Wave" (A two-parter that introduced the Lorenzos to AiTF).
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It's bad that the season does not have subtitles, when is so important when you have deaf problems.

Should not this subtitles be a part of the standard procedures for the realeases ?

Thks
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FINALLY, season 4 of All In The Family has been released! I don't understand why Columbia Home Video is waiting so long to get these out. Season 4 contains some of the best episodes yet. The antics of the Bunker household continue as Archie, Edith, Gloria and Mike bring taboo subjects and everyday issues into our homes. We also see the addition of three new characters, Betty Garret (Irene Lorenzo) Vincent Gardenia (Frank Lorenzo) and Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson. Combined with the cast regulars, Season 4 makes for a huge non-stop laughfest. One of my favorite episodes is when Archie accidently locks himself in the cellar and gets smashed on Polish Vodka. In Archie's haste to make a will, he is so wasted that he thinks he's dying, and therefore believes that God is coming for him, which really turns out to be the oil delivery man--who is black! Plenty of other goodies in season 4 too. I'm finally glad to see these videos coming out on DVD. My old VHS copies are so worn out they barely play anymore. Thank you Columbia Home Video, but please don't wait so long getting these titles out. Thank-YOU to the cast of AITF for the many laughs and all the memories.
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In the reality-based TV era, it's nice to be able to watch the classics on DVD. AITF took sitcoms to another level by using controversy, politics, and Americana and wrapping them in a funny package. AITF helps us to laugh and cry, but probably most importantly it helps us to reflect upon ourselves through real-life issues. Thanks again Columbia Tri-Star for putting this landmark series out on DVD. They are worth the wait!!!
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Yep the discs are complete. The person who posted his message warning that the last disc only had 6 episodes either dosen't know about the 3rd episode menu screen with epsidoes 23 & 24 or maybe he did get a bum set after all.

And yes the picture quality on this set is lousy. Disc 1 is the worst. My brother had VHS copies of this series that he made when the show was rerunning on cable and I keep telling him not to throw them out just because these DVDs are getting released. His tapes are just as good -- if not better sometimes -- than what Columbia House is selling us here.

I was going to get the Jeffersons season 3 that also came out the same day but maybe I won't now.
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Transfer is not great, but this series is a classic. Despite the lack of special features, this set is a must-have. Being able to watch the series develop from beginning to end is essential. The strength of AITF is in it's humorous spin on political and moral issues. The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of lack of attention to detail. The stories themselves sell this DVD box set. Personally, I can live without a bunch of extras as long as I get the uncut eps as they were aired. The Bunkers rule!!!
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I've been a fan of "All in the Family" from its inception as a mid-season replacement in January 1971. Through nine seasons I looked forward to the next episode. I watched the summer reruns. When earlier years made it to daytime TV I watched them as well. As far as I was concerned, "All in the Family" was the funniest half hour on television. Once the DVD's came out I picked them up as well and have watched all of them at least twice.

After the first three seasons I thought it couldn't get any better. I was wrong. Season 4 was better still. This season marked the first appearance of George Jefferson as well as of Frank and Irene Lorenzo. George and Irene were destined to be fixtures on the program. Frank (Vincent Gardenia) dropped out after one season. (The excuse for why Frank wasn't around was that he was out of town on business.)

Some of my personal favorites from Season 4 include:

"We're Having a Heat Wave." This is the one that marks the first appearance of the Lorenzos, who are in the process of moving in next door. Needless to say, Archie and Irene tangle for the first time.

"Edith Finds an Old Man." Edith picks up Mr. Quimbley, who has "broken out" of a nursing home, and brings him to the Bunker house in his pajamas. Archie, of course, is not happy with the thought of a stranger under his roof, especially when Edith invites that stranger to spend the night.

"Archie in the Cellar." Archie gets trapped in the basement while the rest of the Bunker household is gone for the weekend. Finding a bottle of Polish vodka, he gets plastered. In his drunken state he is convinced he is going to die. However, he is rescued by the heating oil delivery man, whom Archie thinks is God about to take him away. It turns out the oil delivery man is black.
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