Carroll O'Connor of All in the Family, wearing a brown hat with a dark blue band and a beige jacket, against a red background.

Carroll O’Connor as the infamous Archie Bunker from Norman Lear's All in the Family

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Those were the days ... A look back at the groundbreaking sitcom that made Archie, Edith, Gloria, and Meathead household names.

By Marc Berman

All in the Family, like any Norman Lear series that followed, represented a turning point in television comedy. “Whether you’ll enjoy this new series depends on your ability to laugh at yourself, because Archie Bunker is the embodiment of every ignorant, prejudicial opinion uttered by man,” wrote one TV critic.

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