All in the Family: Season 8
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Season Eight of the award-winning television series from Norman Lear earned Emmys for Carroll OConnor, Jean Stapleton and Rob Reiner, not to mention the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.
This second to last season finds Archie (OConnor), Edith (Stapleton) and the Stivics (Reiner and Sally Struthers) battling some difficult issues when Archie buys a bar he cannot afford, Edith questions her faith and Mike and Gloria plan a move to California. As dark as the plots run at times, the laughs always shine through in this perfectly balanced and performed sitcom that inspired spin-offs Maude and The Jeffersons.
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This season is surprisingly still full of classics even after the show had already aired seven years. While Archie had always worked on the loading dock and been an underdog it was nice to finally see him get his due and become the owner of his own business. There are lots of nice moments between Archie and Mike, Gloria and Mike continue to deal with real marital troubles and Edith deals with two of the most traumatic experiences in her life, Jean Stapleton does a terrific job as does the whole cast. It all builds up to the sentimental goodbye of Mike, Gloria and their baby Joey as they move to California and leave their roles as series regulars behind. This set will be 3-discs and contain the following 24 episodes (575 minutes):
Archie Gets the Business (1) - When Kelsey finally decides to sell his bar, nothing will stop Archie from getting it--even if it means forging Edith's signature against her will.
Archie Gets the Business (2) - Edith is upset when she discovers Archie has forged her signature to get the bar. But Mike will influence Mrs. Bunker to change her mind.
Cousin Liz - When Cousin Liz dies, Edith and Archie learn more about her than they ever thought. When a roomate of Liz, Veronica, comes out of the closet to Edith, she also admits that she was more than just roomates with Liz.Read more ›
In a three-month span, Shout! will have released Seasons 7 and 8 of our beloved "All in the Family". They brought us Season 7 on October 5, 2010 and now the fantastic Season 8 has been announced for January 11, 2011!
While I was thrilled when I heard Shout! acquired the DVD rights to this show, Season 7 was never one of my favorites, though I still bought it.
This release, on the other hand, contains most of my absolute favorite episodes of the entire series!
By 1977, many thought "All in the Family" had its best days behind it. The show had sat atop the Nielsen ratings for FIVE consecutive seasons from 1971-76. During 1976-77, it toppled from #1 down to #12. Mike and Gloria had moved out of the house. They gave the Bunkers a grandson. Archie and Edith took in a boarder. It seemed that the show was on the verge of losing steam.
At the start of the 1977-78 season, Archie bought Kelsey's Bar. But the fresh idea of Archie as his own boss is not the reason for the upswing this season. It has to do with a handful of brilliant episodes that dealt with controversial subjects (as this show did plenty) that were written with such depth and heart, they are still powerful over 30 years later. The series rebounded back into the Top 5 in the Nielsens on the strength of these episodes.
On this set we get "Edith's 50th Birthday" where America was mortified to see their favorite frumpy TV housewife the victim of a rapist in her own home. If you haven't seen this one, it packs a wallop and Jean Stapleton gives a legendary performance.Read more ›
Many critics and fans regard season 8 of "All in The Family" as the last great year the series had as well as one of the show's finest seasons. After a dismal fall in ratings in season 7 that saw the show fall out of the Top 10, season 8 brought renewed popularity to "All in The Family" and the sitcom finished the 1977-1978 season at #4. With improved writing the sitcom also received its most Emmys ever in a single year winning awards for Jean Stapleton for Best Actress in a Comedy, Carroll O'Connor for Best Actor, Rob Reiner for Best Supporting Actor, and the writing team won an Emmy for the two-part episode "Edith's Birthday" where Edith deals with an attempted rape.
This also marks Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner's final year as Mike and Gloria and the season's finale where they go off to California with baby Joey for a new life is not to be missed.
Other wonderful stories told this season were ones in which Archie buys Kelcey's bar and his attempts at making it successful, Edith questioning her faith when her friend Beverly LaSalle (a female impersonator) is killed, Archie's dealing with the KKK, and the episode where Mike and Archie are locked in a storage basement as Rob Reiner and Carrol O'Connor are the only ones appearing on the show.
This set includes all season 8's 24 episodes, and like previous sets there are no special features. However, as fans of one of the greatest television shows ever broadcast on network TV we should be thankful the seasons are being released in their entirity. I for one am ecstatic!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We just started watching the first of three disc of this Season 8. The shows are great. We love them. Thank you for remaking these shows. We have not seen Season 9 yet.Published 14 months ago by knarfrenraff
ARRRRRcccchhhhhhiiiieeee! I love the show. Lots of great view and funny moments.Published 17 months ago by Katie Colby