All in the Family

Season 1 Episode 2

Writing the President

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Aired Unknown Jan 19, 1971 on CBS
7.8
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Writing the President
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Mike writes a letter to President Nixon protesting everything that's wrong with America, including the state of the environment and the nation's involvement in Vietnam. Archie finds out, and to refute his son-in-law's claims, he decides he also will write a letter to Tricky Dick, praising the nation's chief.moreless

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  • best All in the Familt Epsiode

    10
    Archie is a real dope in this epsiode.
  • great satire on the times

    6.0
    great episode
  • This was a hilarious episode!

    10
    I always laugh whenever I watch this episode. Archie and Mike arguing about Nixon again. I like it when Archie is wanting to watch football while Mike, Gloria, and Edith want to watch that television special on pollution. I also laughed when Archie was looking at all the things Gloria bought at the store. Than he's like, "What is all this gahbage? Where's my crunchie cereal with the animal cut-outs on the bottom?" Than Gloria says it has no nutritional value. Than Archie says,"My bowels are..." Edith than says" Oh Archie." I always loved it when Mike and Archie never agree on anything. Great episode overall.moreless
  • one of the best ever

    10
    this has to be one of the best episodes of a truely great series.. The whole concept ofMike writting a protest leter that Archie then countered I think the best part was Archies Imagined respnse fron Nixon, and all these years later, how much more is read into it this is so far ahead of its time a true classic
Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

Edith Bunker

Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner

Michael Stivic (1971-1978)

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Gloria Stivic (1971-1978)

Carroll O'Connor

Carroll O'Connor

Archie Bunker

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Edith's comment about Nixon paying more attention to Archie's letter if Nixon thought it was from a plumber would take on a second meaning eight months after this episode's original airing when the White House Plumbers or simply The Plumbers -- the popular name given to the covert Nixon White House Special Investigations Unit -- was established on July 24, 1971.

    • Only All in the Family episode to feature a dream sequence (Archie daydreams President Nixon's reaction to his letter).

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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