For those of us who were not around in the 1970s, here is a brief overview. All in the Family, the show that Archie Bunker's Place is a based on was considered a groundbreaking show in the 1970s. The concept was based on a British program, Til Death To Us Part. All in the Family centered on the lives of a blue collar family dealing with the problems of adjusting to life in the 1970s. It centered around Archie Bunker; a bigoted conservative that didn't approve of anything he didn't like. He was upset that the world was changing so fast around him and now expected him to 'get with the times'. Constantly telling the audience what being pro-USA meant and how our new ideas ways were not helping the country. Loads of political issues were explored in the show and those same political issues were carried over to the spinoff.
Archie Bunker's Place aired from 1979-1983. The first season, where this great Thanksgiving Reunion episode is from, was probably the closest to All in the Family. It was the last time all the cast from All in the Family appeared together on screen at the same time.