All In The Family (Season 2) DVD Review
The top Nielsen-rated television program from 1971 to 1976, All In The Family is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV sitcoms ever produced. Inspired by The Flintstones and The Honeymooners, All In The Family focused on the weekly antics of its own loud-mouth, politically-incorrect Fred Flintstone/Ralph Kramden clone, and like his predecessors, Archie Bunker has a hidden sensitive side. Ingeniously written and downright hilarious, All In The Family established new ground for TV sitcoms with its willingness to take on the taboo social issues of its day. Topics covers included bigotry, racism, homosexuality, sexism, death, and other namby-pam, commie-lib feminist ideals (at least that's how Archie would say it!) A true mammoth in the history of TV, All In The Family also led to a pair of highly successful spin-offs: Maude and The Jeffersons… The All In The Family (Season 2) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Saga of Cousin Oscar" in which Archie's Cousin Oscar arrives in Queens for a visit. Considering him a lazy, do-nothing, Archie isn't pleased to be playing host to Oscar (whom we never actually see), and the irritation is further amplified when Oscar dies in the upstairs bedroom. Now mourners fill Archie's house, and he must decide whether or not to plan a funeral… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Edith Writes A Song" in which Archie purchases a handgun for protection only to have two robbers use it against him, and "The Election Story" in which Mike and Gloria vociferously campaign for the liberal candidate while Archie throws his hat in with the opposition candidate… Below is a list of episodes included on the All In The Family (Season 2) DVD: Episode 14 (The Saga of Cousin Oscar) Air Date: 09-18-1971 Episode 15 (Gloria Poses in the Nude) Air Date: 09-25-1971 Episode 16 (Archie and the Lock-Up) Air Date: 10-02-1971 Episode 17 (Edith Writes a Song) Air Date: 10-09-1971 Episode 18 (Flashback: Mike Meets Archie) Air Date: 10-16-1971 Episode 19 (The Election Story) Air Date: 10-30-1971 Episode 20 (Edith's Accident) Air Date: 11-06-1971 Episode 21 (The Blockbuster) Air Date: 11-13-1971 Episode 22 (Mike's Problem) Air Date: 11-20-1971 Episode 23 (The Insurance is Cancelled) Air Date: 11-27-1971 Episode 24 (The Man in the Street) Air Date: 12-04-1971 Episode 25 (Cousin Maude's Visit) Air Date: 12-11-1971 Episode 26 (Christmas Day at the Bunkers') Air Date: 12-18-1971 Episode 27 (The Elevator Story) Air Date: 01-01-1972 Episode 28 (Edith's Problem) Air Date: 01-08-1972 Episode 29 (Archie and the FBI) Air Date: 01-15-1972 Episode 30 (Mike's Mysterious Son) Air Date: 01-22-1972 Episode 31 (Archie Sees a Mugging) Air Date: 01-29-1972 Episode 32 (Archie and Edith Alone) Air Date: 02-05-1972 Episode 33 (Edith Gets a Mink) Air Date: 02-12-1972 Episode 34 (Sammy's Visit) Air Date: 02-19-1972 Episode 35 (Edith, the Judge) Air Date: 02-26-1972 Episode 36 (Archie is Jealous) Air Date: 03-04-1972 Episode 37 (Maude) Air Date: 03-11-1972.
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