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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Reunion with Archie Bunker

Thanksgiving at the Bunker's House is exactly what the meme going around the internet right now about how to talk to your 'Republican Uncle' about Obamacare is all about. Instead of your Republican Uncle, you have Archie, your Republican father.

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.

The conflict ensues when we find out that Meathead (Archie's son in law) the noted liberal hippy,  and atheist of the family loses his job as a teacher for protesting nuclear energy. This of course enrages Archie to no end. If you can get past to 70s look of the sets and clothing, this is a great Thanksgiving themed episode that talks a little politics at the same time.

For those you that might not know, O'Connor was a devote liberal in real life. At the same time he was playing Archie Bunker he was also appearing in television ads for candidates like Ted Kennedy for President in 1980.

Here is the second half of the episode.

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