All In The Family: Fourth Season [DVD] (1973) *RARE NEW*

All In The Family: Fourth Season [DVD] (1973) *RARE NEW*

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By the fourth season, Norman Lear’s landmark series ALL IN THE FAMILY was on its way to becoming an American institution. It consistently ranked number one in the ratings while at the same time breaking all of prime-time TV’s taboos. Archie Bunker’s (Carroll O’Connor) shocking politically incorrect diatribes, marriage problems for Mike (Rob Reiner) and Gloria (Sally Struthers), and a breast cancer scare for Edith (Jean Stapleton) all broke with sitcom conventions. In the fourth season, Archie hilariously faced two worthy opponents: neighbor Irene Lorenzo (Betty Garrett), a staunch believer in women’s rights, and loud-mouthed George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley), soon to star in the spin-off hit series “The Jeffersons.” Rob Reiner won an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received four other nominations this season.

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All in the Family is an American sitcom TV-series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons, from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979. The following September, it was continued with the spin-off series Archie Bunker's Place, which picked up where All in the Family had ended and ran for four more seasons.

All in the Family was produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. It starred Carroll O'ConnorJean StapletonSally Struthers, and Rob Reiner. The show revolves around the life of a working-class bigot and his family. The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for a U.S. network television comedy, such as racismantisemitisminfidelityhomosexualitywomen's liberationrapereligionmiscarriagesabortionbreast cancerthe Vietnam Warmenopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television's most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more dramatic moments and realistic, topical conflicts.

The show was an American version of an earlier British show, the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, with Archie Bunker modeled after his British counterpart, Alf Garnett.

All in the Family is often regarded in the United States as one of the greatest television series of all time. Following a lackluster first season, the show soon became the most watched show in the United States during summer reruns and afterwards ranked number one in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. It became the first television series to reach the milestone of having topped the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive years. The episode "Sammy's Visit" was ranked number 13 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time ranked All in the Family as number four. Bravo also named the show's protagonist, Archie Bunker, TV's greatest character of all time. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked All in the Family the fourth-best written TV series ever, and TV Guide ranked it as the fourth-greatest show of all time.

All in the Family
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Genre Sitcom
Based on Till Death Us Do Part created by Johnny Speight
Developed by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin
Starring Carroll O'Connor
Jean Stapleton
Sally Struthers
Rob Reiner
Danielle Brisebois
Theme music composer Lee Adams (lyrics),
Charles Strouse (music), Roger Kellaway (ending theme)
Opening theme "Those Were the Days"
Performed by Carroll O'Connorand Jean Stapleton
Ending theme "Remembering You"
by Roger Kellaway, (music) and Carroll O'Connor (additional lyrics added in 1971; instrumental version)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 205

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