They didn't have TV then. Or radio. Books were just starting to be available....
My Mom used to love that show.
Who shot J.R. by the way? :
It was an interesting social phenomenon. It was written to ridicule racism and bigotry. Archie was not a man to be admired for his ignorance and insensitivity.
But a huge part of the population made him their hero, a man who "told it like it was".
The young people of the day identified with "Meathead" and Gloria, while the old guard loved Archie.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
Another All in the Family year -
Ironically - 14 of the top 20 shows (including 9 of the top 10 shows) in 1973 were CBS Shows.
It's like no one else had a network.
And Lucille Ball was STILL getting ratings even twenty years after the fact. That would be like Alan Alda getting ratings if he went to ER or CSI Miami.
Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.
The Cosby Show (1989)
Let's make some noise!