Parents' Guide to

All in the Family

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Landmark '70s sitcom lightens bias with humor.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+
This is excellent show. While it deals with some touchy issues Archie Bunker always comes through with good advice and is a great role model. Edith is also a great role model in how a wife should be. I think this a great show for kids and adults alike

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Great role models
age 18+

Bigotry is not acceptable

The only people who thought the show was entertaining are those that can relate to the characters.

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Before this show, serious political and social topics like homosexuality, rape, racism, and women's rights weren't discussed on a network comedy show. Though Archie expressed his beliefs frequently, his illogical reasoning and hilarious malapropisms seriously decreased their impact. And Edith was funny, too -- her simple nature allowed for some humorous misunderstandings. In some episodes, Archie uses the "N" word and other derogatory terms for African-Americans and gay people. It's worth noting that O'Connor went on to star in the show In the Heat of the Night, in which he played a wise, tolerant sheriff in the Deep South. Obviously, Archie's intolerance was all an act -- and an excellent one, at that (O'Connor earned eight Emmy nominations for the role and won four times).

Families might enjoy watching All in the Family together, although it may seem too dated for the younger set. Much of what was considered risqué in the 1970s seems modest by today's standards (the sound of a toilet flushing had never been heard on prime time before this series). Parents will probably want to discuss Archie's prejudices with younger folks to help them put it in context and understand the subtleties of the show's humor.

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