All In The Family (Season 3) DVD Review

by : Britt Gillette

The #1 Nielsen rated program from 1971 to 1976, All In The Family is quite simply one of the greatest television programs in history. Inspired by The Honeymooners and The Flintstones, All In The Family features its own loud-mouthed, opinionated blowhard sporting a hidden soft and sensitive side. Like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone, Archie Bunker fulfills his role to absolute perfection, and the result is TV magic. Well-written and outright hilarious, All In The Family broke ground in the 70's with its willingness to tackle all the social issues and societal taboos of its day. Topics included racism, bigotry, sexism, homosexuality, death, and other namby-pam, socialist and liberal-feminist ideals (or at least that's how Archie would put it!) A titan among television sitcoms, All In The Family spawned a pair of shows which topped the ratings in their own right - Maude and The Jeffersons…

Carroll O'Connor plays the role of Archie Bunker, the titular head of the Bunker household. Loud and crass, Archie freely dispenses his bigoted remarks and ignorant comments from the living room of his Queens, New York home. Joining Archie is his loving and ditsy wife Edith (Jean Stapelton), his beautiful and progressive daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her ultra-liberal husband Mike (Rob Reiner) whom Archie refers to as "Meathead". As Gloria and Mike's modern ideas clash with Archie's old school beliefs, all hell breaks loose in the Bunker household, but the Bunkers don't spend all their time arguing as they're inevitably held together by the immutable bond of love…

The All In The Family (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Archie and the Editorial" in which Archie ardently defends his anti-gun control views on a TV editorial show, only to be held up by a pair of muggers wielding a gun when he leaves the station. The incident causes Archie to transform into a gun control advocate… Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Lionel Steps Out" in which Lionel Jefferson takes Archie's niece out on the town (peeving Archie who believes whites and blacks don't mix), and "Mike's Appendix" in which Archie and Gloria fight over the credentials of female doctors when Mike is forced to have an emergency appendectomy…

Below is a list of episodes included on the All In The Family (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 38 (Archie and the Editorial) Air Date: 09-16-1972
Episode 39 (Archie's Fraud) Air Date: 09-23-1972
Episode 40 (The Threat) Air Date: 09-30-1972
Episode 41 (Gloria and the Riddle) Air Date: 10-07-1972
Episode 42 (Lionel Steps Out) Air Date: 10-14-1972
Episode 43 (Edith Flips Her Whig) Air Date: 10-21-1972
Episode 44 (The Bunkers and the Swingers) Air Date: 10-28-1972
Episode 45 (Mike Comes Into Money) Air Date: 11-04-1972
Episode 46 (Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding: Part 1) Air Date: 11-11-1972
Episode 47 (Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding: Part 2) Air Date: 11-18-1972
Episode 48 (The Locket) Air Date: 11-23-1972
Episode 49 (Mike's Appendix) Air Date: 12-02-1972
Episode 50 (Edith's Winning Ticket) Air Date: 12-09-1972
Episode 51 (Archie and the Bowling Team) Air Date: 12-16-1972
Episode 52 (Archie in the Hospital) Air Date: 01-06-1973
Episode 53 (Oh Say Can You See) Air Date: 01-20-1973
Episode 54 (Archie Goes Too Far) Air Date: 01-27-1973
Episode 55 (Class Reunion) Air Date: 02-10-1973
Episode 56 (Hot Watch) Air Date: 02-17-1973
Episode 57 (Archie is Branded) Air Date: 02-24-1973
Episode 58 (Everybody Tells the Truth) Air Date: 03-03-1973
Episode 59 (Archie Learns His Lesson) Air Date: 03-10-1973
Episode 60 (Gloria, the Victim) Air Date: 03-17-1973
Episode 61 (The Battle of the Month) Air Date: 03-24-1973