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All In The Family (Season 2) DVD Review


The #1 Nielsen rated program from 1971 to 1976, All In The Family is quite simply one of the greatest television programs in history. Inspired by The Honeymooners and The Flintstones, All In The Family features its own loud-mouthed, opinionated blowhard sporting a hidden soft and sensitive side. Like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone, Archie Bunker fulfills his role to absolute perfection, and the result is TV magic. Well-written and outright hilarious, All In The Family broke ground in the 70's with its willingness to tackle all the social issues and societal taboos of its day. Topics included racism, bigotry, sexism, homosexuality, death, and other namby-pam, socialist and liberal-feminist ideals (or at least that's how Archie would put it!) A titan among television sitcoms, All In The Family spawned a pair of shows which topped the ratings in their own right - Maude and The Jeffersons…

Carroll O'Connor plays the role of Archie Bunker, the titular head of the Bunker household. Loud and crass, Archie freely dispenses his bigoted remarks and ignorant comments from the living room of his Queens, New York home. Joining Archie is his loving and ditsy wife Edith (Jean Stapelton), his beautiful and progressive daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her ultra-liberal husband Mike (Rob Reiner) whom Archie refers to as "Meathead". As Gloria and Mike's modern ideas clash with Archie's old school beliefs, all hell breaks loose in the Bunker household, but the Bunkers don't spend all their time arguing as they're inevitably held together by the immutable bond of love…

The All In The Family (Season 2) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" in which Archie's Cousin Oscar arrives in Queens for a visit. Considering him a lazy, do-nothing, Archie isn't pleased to be playing host to Oscar (whom we never actually see), and the irritation is further amplified when Oscar dies in the upstairs bedroom. Now mourners fill Archie's house, and he must decide whether or not to plan a funeral… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Edith Writes A Song" in which Archie purchases a handgun for protection only to have two robbers use it against him, and "The Election Story" in which Mike and Gloria vociferously campaign for the liberal candidate while Archie throws his hat in with the opposition candidate…

Below is a list of episodes included on the All In The Family (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 14 (The Saga of Cousin Oscar) Air Date: 09-18-1971
Episode 15 (Gloria Poses in the Nude) Air Date: 09-25-1971
Episode 16 (Archie and the Lock-Up) Air Date: 10-02-1971
Episode 17 (Edith Writes a Song) Air Date: 10-09-1971
Episode 18 (Flashback: Mike Meets Archie) Air Date: 10-16-1971
Episode 19 (The Election Story) Air Date: 10-30-1971
Episode 20 (Edith's Accident) Air Date: 11-06-1971
Episode 21 (The Blockbuster) Air Date: 11-13-1971
Episode 22 (Mike's Problem) Air Date: 11-20-1971
Episode 23 (The Insurance is Cancelled) Air Date: 11-27-1971
Episode 24 (The Man in the Street) Air Date: 12-04-1971
Episode 25 (Cousin Maude's Visit) Air Date: 12-11-1971
Episode 26 (Christmas Day at the Bunkers') Air Date: 12-18-1971
Episode 27 (The Elevator Story) Air Date: 01-01-1972
Episode 28 (Edith's Problem) Air Date: 01-08-1972
Episode 29 (Archie and the FBI) Air Date: 01-15-1972
Episode 30 (Mike's Mysterious Son) Air Date: 01-22-1972
Episode 31 (Archie Sees a Mugging) Air Date: 01-29-1972
Episode 32 (Archie and Edith Alone) Air Date: 02-05-1972
Episode 33 (Edith Gets a Mink) Air Date: 02-12-1972
Episode 34 (Sammy's Visit) Air Date: 02-19-1972
Episode 35 (Edith, the Judge) Air Date: 02-26-1972
Episode 36 (Archie is Jealous) Air Date: 03-04-1972
Episode 37 (Maude) Air Date: 03-11-1972

Submitted by:

Britt Gillette

Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find where you can find more reviews of movies and TV series. Source: http://thedvdreport.blogspot.com/2006/02/all-in-family-season-2-dvd.html





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