Almost fifty years ago I was enrolled in a painting workshop.
Our instructor, Mary, asked us to do her a favor.
Her friend Norman was about to launch his first TV show.
She wanted us to watch it.
She said it would be different from anything we'd ever seen.
We did & it was!!
Her friend was Norman Lear & the show was "All in the Family".
I couldn't find a video of the first show, but this clip from their 20th anniversary
should explain why I & a whole lot of other people were so pleasantly surprised:
Did you know that Jean Stapleton's (Edith Bunker) mother was trained as an
opera singer & so was Jean?
These are full 1/2 hour episodes:
Here is a clip from one of the best episodes:
Archie Bunker is well known for malapropisms. He calls Orthodox Jews “off the docks Jews” & refers to the Women's Liberation Movement as the “Women’s Lubrication Movement”. Some of his others:
"A witness shall not bear falsies against thy neighbor."
"The hookeries and massageries…the whole world is turning into a regular Sodom and Glocca Morra."
"Last will and tentacle…"
"Patience is a virgin."
"In her elastic stockings, next to her very close veins."
sees your pain. Sometimes, when you are happy, no one sees your smile. But fart just one