All in the Family: Season 6
Produced and developed by Norman Lear, the groundbreaking sitcom ALL IN THE FAMILYcontinued to evolve in the sixth season without losing any of its controversial edge or its popularity; it was the #1 series for the fifth year in a row. Mike (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (Sally Struthers) finally move out of the Bunker household - and right into the house next door, where the Jeffersons used to live. But the big news for Archie (Carroll O'Connor) and Edith (Jean Stapleton) is that their "little goil" is pregnant. Gloria later gives birth in a special two-part episode. Once the baby is home, two generations of parents clash over how to raise little Joey Stivic. The show courted further controversy when a real toy company released "Archie Bunker's Grandson" in honor of baby Joey, the first anatomically correct male doll! Nominated for an Emmy® Award for "Outstanding Comedy Series" for its sixth straight year, ALL IN THE FAMILY was also nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards this season. With
The more things change, the more they stay the same? When it comes to All in the Family, the answer is an unqualified yes and no. Considering the show's tremendous popularity (this sixth season, spanning 1975 and '76, was the fifth straight year it held down the top spot in the Nielsen ratings), creator-producer Norman Lear was unlikely to make any drastic adjustments to the basic formula. And sure enough, in these 24 episodes (on three discs, sans bonus features), the four main characters--Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor, brilliant as ever), ditzy wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and contentious son-in-law Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner)--and their relationships remain the obvious focal point. What's more, while it's true that various new developments, including Mike and Gloria's move next door (to the house once occupied by the Jeffersons), her pregnancy, and the birth of little Joey, are more than cosmetic and account for the lion's share of the storylines, All in the Family's basic dynamic remains one of the strongest and most instantly recognizable in TV sitcom history. Ditto the writers' penchant for the trenchant; social issues include tolerance and homophobia (Archie saves a woman's life with "mouth-to-mouth restitution," only to discover that "she" is a transvestite), women's rights (Gloria gets fired for being pregnant), vigilantism (Archie fends off a mugger with illegal tear gas), religion (Archie wants his grandson baptized and raised as a Christian, but Mike has other ideas), and so on. And now more than ever, some of the language will seem a little shocking, as Archie regularly uses a variant of the gay slur that got Grey's Anatomy cast member Isaiah Washington in very hot water more than three decades later.
Some changes, however, are a little more profound. The kinder, gentler Archie who began to appear a few seasons back is more in effect now; an extended and largely improvised scene in which he coddles his infant grandson is surprisingly tender, and when he hugs Mike after Joey is born, longtime viewers might wonder if what on earth has happened to TV's most unrepentant, close-minded bigot. But hey, even cavemen evolved, and the Archie Bunker we see in Season 6 bears an increasing resemblance to a character he most surely inspired, one who usually ends up removing his foot from his mouth long enough to do the right thing: Homer Simpson. --Sam Graham
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches; 8.8 Ounces
- Director : Michael Kidd, Bud Yorkin, Norman Campbell, Walter C. Miller, Hal Cooper
- Media Format : Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 10 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : February 13, 2007
- Actors : Vincent Gardenia, Brendon T. Dillon, Bill Quinn, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000KX0IPY
- Number of discs : 3
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1. The Very Moving Day (8/9/75): On the day they move out, Gloria announces to Mike that she is pregnant, Mike is worried but Archie and Edith are delighted. 7/10
WARNING: For some of the more conservative viewers, the topic ab*****n is referred to.
2. Alone At Last (15/9/75): First night for Mike and Gloria in their new house, with no utilities because Mike forgot to turn them on! 9/10
3. Archie, The Donor (22/9/75): While going for a higher-earning job, Archie donates his organs to science, and becomes frightened when he finds out. 8/10
4. Archie The Hero (29/9/75): One night driving Bert Munson's cab, Archie saves the life of a woman, not knowing she's a transvestite. 5/10
5. Mike's Pains (6/10/75): Mike wants to be with Gloria in the delivery room when their baby is born, but on hearing advice from none other than Archie, has second thoughts. 7.5/10
6. Chain Letter (20/10/75): Back luck strikes Archie after he refuses to pass on a chain letter delivered to him. 7/10
7. Mike Faces Life (27/10/75): Fed up with having to fix everything in the house by himself, Mike is further angered when Gloria loses her job over her pregnancy. 9/10
8. Edith Breaks Out (3/11/75): Fed up of Archie's constant orders to stop, Edith stays a volunteer at the nursing home. 6.5/10
9. Grandpa Blues (10/11/75): Worried about a physical and his impending grandfather status, Edith, Gloria and Mike attempt to play calm for Archie. 6.5/10
10. Gloria Suspects Mike (17/11/75): One of Mike's students has been receiving extra "lessons" from him, making Gloria highly suspicious. 7.5/10
11. The Little Atheist (24/11/75): A brawl brews at Thanksgiving over unborn Joey's religion - Archie and Edith insist on him being raised as a Christian, whilst Mike and Gloria believe he should make up his mind when he's old enough. 9/10
12. Archie's Civil Rights (1/12/75): One night driving Munson's cab, Archie uses tear gas against a mugger, which turns out to be a crime itself. Archie must then defend himself in court.10/10
13. Gloria Is Nervous (8/12/75): Nine days overdue, Gloria is extremely distressed and lashes out on Mike. 8.5/10
14. The Birth of the Baby, Part One (15/12/75): Gloria goes into labour while Mike and herself are at a restaurant celebrating their last night as a twosome. Meanwhile, Archie is trying to bail out of his lodge's minstrel show. 10/10
15. The Birth of the Baby, Part Two (22/12/75): After a traumatizing experience in a phone booth and many, many contractions, Gloria gives birth to a healthy baby boy.10/10
16. New Year's Wedding (5/1/76): Mike is making too many decisions in his marriage without consulting Gloria, even allowing the wedding of his best friends. 7/10
17. Archie The Babysitter (12/1/76): Mike and Gloria go out one evening, and with Archie disapproving of their choice of babysitter, Archie chooses to babysit Joey himself... at a poker game. 5/10
18. Archie Finds A Friend (26/1/76): A Jewish man lures Archie into a business deal, but Edith is strongly against investing a large quantity of their money. 8/10
19. Mike's Move (2/2/76): Mike is up for a promotion that involves moving to Minnesota, but he loses it to a black man of equal qualifications. 9/10
20. Archie's Weighty Problem (9/2/76): A fight between Archie and Edith erupts over Archie's new diet, which Edith strictly enforces. 10/10
21. Love By Appointment (16/2/76): Gloria is very busy with housework and caring for Joey, frustrating Mike as he does not spend enough time with her. 7/10
22. Joey's Baptism (23/2/76): Mike does not want Joey baptized, much to Archie's dismay, so Archie sneaks him down to church and does it himself. 7.5/10
23. Gloria and Mike's House Guests (1/3/76): Archie and Edith stay the weekend at Mike and Gloria's house, with the usual family arguments taking place until a sudden change that is too good to spoil in this review. 9/10
24. Edith's Night Out (8/3/76): Fed up with Archie's negativity to nights out, Edith goes to Kelcy's Bar alone and makes friends with the regulars. 8/10.
Average rating for first season: 7.88/10
Average rating for second season: 9.03/10
Average rating for third season: 9.25/10
Average rating for fourth season: 9.27/10
Average rating for fifth season: 9.19/10
Average rating for sixth season: 7.96/10
And one word to Sony if you ever read this: Please release Seasons 7-9 of All In The Family on DVD! I, amongst many other fans will buy them!
Along with the lower average rating for this season, this explains why I have only given this season four stars.
As always the show is peppered with Archie's mispronunciations: one good one is his saying "menstrual" instead of "minstral" for which Edith must translate for the listener.
I think the quality of the images in this season is better than the last few seasons where there was always a green line through the center of the picture.