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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Week 7

All in the Family & Married with Children

I choose All and the Family and the TV show married with Children. All in the family was a classic television show that was first aired in 1971 and ran until 1979. The show's star Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) was an out spoken bigot, although he did not beleve that he was. Archie was also very quick to bring up the fact that he served in "the big one" meaning WW2. The show dealt with a lot of political, racial, and current events. It was obvious that Archie was under the assumption that men work, and women are there to cook and clean. Life would be dandy for archie if it was not for his liberal minded son-in-law Mike (meathead)Stivic ( Rob Reiner).

Married with Children was a television show that first aired in 1987-1997. The shows star Al Bundy (Ed O'Neil) was a down and out shoe salesman who never could get ahead in his day to day life. The cultural differences that I noticed by watching the two shows was that, even though all in the family was in the 1970's and the star was an unintentional bigot, there were more people of color that played a regular role in the show. Some of the similarities between the show is that both Archie and Al both believe men are supposed to be head of the household, make the money, and make the decisions. Both have wives that they love, but in some way cannot stand at some points. Race nor politics have never came up so bluntly as they did in All in the Family, that is why it was such a groundbreaking television show. All int he family was raunchy and rude, yet Al did not appear to be against anyone based on the color of their skin, he just prety much hated everyone equally.


  1. Wow. I did the same shows. Interesting to see that we picked some of the same things about the shows. I really feel that All in the Family probably had a huge impact on society.... they never saw that coming. Good choices Michael.

  2. Nice Job! Your Right I think they both hated everyone equally, but Al really hated women with little club "NO-MAM". Both were hilarious and crude. Good Job!