All in the Family

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (486)

  • Mike: Now I suppose you're going to tell me that the black man has had the same opportunities in this country as you?
    Archie: More. He's had more. I didn't have no million people out there marching and protesting to get me my job.
    Edith: No. His uncle got it for him.

  • Archie: (complaining about the shortness of Gloria's miniskirt) Every time you sit down, the mystery's over.

  • Archie: When your mother-in-law and me was going around together, it was two years - we never - I never - I mean absolutely nothing, not 'til the wedding night. Edith: Yeah, and even then...

  • Archie: Oh my God, what a dingbat!

  • Gloria: Ma, did anything interesting happen to you today? Edith: (thinks for a moment) Actually, something interesting did happen today. (thinks for another moment) Oh, wait. That was yesterday.

  • Edith: Oh, [Archie] never did trust doctors. I think it's because he doesn't like to pay their bills.

  • Archie: What are you doin' down here, Lionel? Some kinda odd job? Lionel: (sarcastic) Yeah, I sweeps up.

  • Archie: (In response to the blood bag he just donated) Is that mine? Nurse: Not anymore.

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Notes (425)

  • Evidentally the first pilot didn't test well or at least the son-in-law and daughter didn't. The roles of Gloria and her husband Richard were recast but the family name Justice remained.

  • Aired in 1998 on TV Land.

  • Information for the above pilot came from the "Classic Sitcoms" book by Vince Waldron.

  • This episode was videotaped on December 15, 1970.

  • Gloria calls Edith mom and Archie dad in this episode, but throughout the series, Gloria calls Edith ma and Archie daddy.

  • This episode was voted #10 on "TVLand's Top 10 - All in the Family Episodes", originally aired 1/14/06

  • Mike Evans makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Lionel Jefferson.

  • Edith makes a very uncharacteristic remark in this episode, sarcastically calling Archie "Mr. Religion". This bit of dialog is most likely a hold over from the adaption of the original British script from "Till Death Us Do Part", in which the mother character is MUCH more openly sarcastic to the Alf father character.

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Trivia (147)

  • Gloria and Mike (Richard) are the originals, but not the classic "Little Girl" and "Meathead." Along with that, the Bunkers are known as the Justice's

  • Throughout the series, Archie Bunker's brand of beer was never revealed.

  • The type of person Alf Garnet, Archie Bunker's counterpart in the original British version, hated most was catholics of irish descent. This is ironic because Archie Bunker was played by actor Caroll O'Connor who was irish catholic himself.

  • All in the Family was based on the British television series, Til Death Us Do Part.

  • Carroll O Connor (Archie) co-wrote the closing theme to All in the Family - "Remembering You."

  • The penultimate line of the theme song is "Gee, our old La Salle ran great." Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton slurred the line some, and the La Salle brand was not much remembered (it's a car), so few people could make sense of this line. In later seasons the opening theme was re shot and Stapleton pronounced the line phonetically "Gee..our..old..La Salle..ran..great" so that people could understand it easier.

  • "Meet the Bunkers" was actually the third "All in the Family" pilot filmed, although the only one aired in the '70s. ABC had filmed one under the title "And Justice for All" with Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Justice and two other actors in the Mike and Gloria roles (Mike was Irish in this version) When ABC passed on the series, CBS filmed a pilot more or less like the aired version, but still with two other actors in the Mike and Gloria roles. These pilots remained unbroadcast until 1998 when TVLand aired one of them as part of its celebration of gaining the rights to air the show in its line-up.

  • Their doorbell is totally different from the rest of the series,including the flashback story of when Mike and Archie first met.

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Allusions (28)

  • Swing Out, Sweet Land Variety special, more or less 'Bicentennial Minutes meets The Carol Burnett Show' that was co-produced by conservative John Wayne and liberal Tom Smothers. The special, which aired November 29 1970, featured stars such as Wayne, Smothers, Rowan and Martin, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Lorne Greene, Micheal Landon, Lucille Ball, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Dan Blocker, Bob Hope, Ann Margaret, Phyllis Diller, Jack Benny, Celeste Holm, Glen Cambell, George Burns, Ed McMahon and many other stars of the day acting in skits portraying historical events, some humorous, some serious.

  • Mike alludes to William Buckley when he argues with Archie. William F. Buckley was a political commentator and journalist and the host of the television show Firing Line for 33 years, beginning in 1966. Buckley was considered one of the greatest intellectual minds of the conservative movement; he died on February 27, 2008.

  • Louise: Fine, how you like Doris Day. Louise was talking about a widow raising two sons and working as a secretary for a magazine publisher. The series ran from 1968-1973.

  • Trying to make conversation, Archie asks Louise how she "liked The Julia Show last night. He is alluding to a black comedy series that ran from 1968 - 1971 and featured a widowed black woman trying to raise her young son and balance a career as a nurse.

  • Mike says to Archie "The Manson trial took almost a year". Mike was talking about the trial of The Manson Family, a cult lead by Charles Manson in 1969, who killed several people including Sharon Tate and her unborn baby.

  • Archie calls a relative in Cicero, IL to ask for money. At the time Cicero was a city that the Rev. Martin Luther King referred to as one of the most "segregated and intolerent cities north of Mississippi", most likely full of "Archie Bunker types". Ironically, Cicero is now 78% Hispanic.

  • While Archie was thrown into jail, one of the protesters had a radio playing in the cell and the song Jesus Christ Superstar ( by Murray Head)was playing. That song was from one of the hottest Broadway Musicals at that time and even the album was hot because it hit #1 on Billboard's Album chart in the spring of 1971 !

  • Archie suggests that Mike and Gloria should write their problem to "Dear Abby" (and mispronounces "Abby"). The allusion is to the famous "Dear Abby" advice column which began in 1956 by Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips, and is carried on to this day by Pauline's daughter.

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