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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Meet the Bunkers

  • 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.

  • Season 1 And Justice for All

  • 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

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