All in the family
Starring Mr. Carroll O'Connor
This is the most controversial (at the time) up to then TV Sitcom series ever aired in the US
It mainly featured Archie Bunker (Played by the wonderfully Irish spirited Mr. Carroll O'Connor)
He plays a man who is full of truth and decency of his own kind and the views he would want to be
open with (without being mean if he could help it certainly - he only tried to be fair to his sort which
was being assailed by a scope of change unparalleled in US history in regards to attitudes on race,
marital infidelity, women's issues, and basic cultural mores in respect of moral attitudes all around.
He takes as good as he gives, often rude or condescendingly spoken to in retorts by those
he seeks to challenge with his views which were already seeming politically incorrect right
from the start of the revolutionary period then underway.
For a man who presents well and has great spirit, I find it hard to bear that he is saddled
with Jean Stapleton to play his wife o the show. He is allowed a fling with a gal of his
own spirit (obviously showing to all I submit) when he meets a beautiful blonde waitress
who speaks his language intuitively as they share a mindset on matters generally speaking
one would rightly venture to suppose more so no doubt.
Miss Sally Struthers who is similarly saddled with a man whose values go against her norms,
in one scene Mike (her husband) fails to intervene when an assault against a woman takes place
on a subway by the woman's husband and leaves iy to Miss Struthers instead to do the
bravery in this respect. When he finally throws a punch (which he said he enjoyed as an
act he reflected on as it were) after Gloria is flung aside by the assailant, Mike (Rob Reiner's
character) then goes on and on about how intervening to save his wife and this other woman
on the train went against "all he believed in" as a "sworn pacifist" some folks have little regard for
the actual lack of decency in what they consider moral in favour of "political correct" as this display
shows to all I say in strongest rems.
There is also too much of an effort to try and sell Edith (Jean Stapleton) as a woman of much appeal
in whatever her thoughts and looks might be in the minds of the scriptwriters as many men
along the way are scripted to find her attractive at unrealistic levels to what they would normally
find of appeal I would say without a doubt. In the extreme theres also a nice seeming young chap
scripted for crissakes to play out a charade involving rape if you would believe - and this on a sitcom
comedy special- wow!
Despite some unpopular views (now and back then) Archie espoused openly, he never
seemed unchristian to many in what he thought he was trying to assert of his spirited views, and it
has to be noted that he denounced the KKK in one scene saying to them he'd be fighting alongside
"the black brotherhood" instead, if he through the KKK were being (Unchristian) in tactics
as cross burning etc he states.
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