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  • In my opinion, the fourth season of All in the Family is when the show really hit its stride

    • by CirclingCanvas


      In my opinion, the fourth season of “All in the Family” is when the show really hit its stride. What helps make this season so memorable as well as comical is the introduction of George Jefferson played by Sherman Hemsley, as well as Irene Lorenzo played by Betty Garrett and Frank Lorenzo Victor Gardenia. Archie Bunker’s arguments and exchanges with both George and Irene are hilariously funny and give the show a heightened comedic dynamic that it never quite had before or after. The supporting characters all offer rich and unique personalities that really made it feel like the Bunkers and the Stivics were living

      in a neighborhood that was growing in diversity and character.

      This season isn’t all about comedy, though. There are some serious episodes too with some very real messages. There’s an episode that deals with Edith possibly having breast cancer and the dialogue in that episode addresses a lot of fears women may have when going through such a troubling time, and yet the show still manages to be tastefully funny. The writers really knew how to mix comedy and seriousness without making the show come across as insulting or imbalanced. There’s also an episode that deals with the dangers of gambling and the toll it can ...

      • take on a family when Archie all of a sudden is able to afford expensive items. The show also continued to experiment with two-parters with the season opener, something that would be greatly expanded on and utilized with great success in the next season.

        The episodes on this set are real enjoyable, and thankfully, look and sound great. The episode transfers are sharp and the audio is clear. The episodes have never looked or sounded better, although more so in regards to the picture as there’s no music in the actual episodes. I only wish that Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment would have taken some additional time

        to include some bonus features or special extras. There aren’t any, just like with the previous sets. Why no interviews with the surviving cast? Why no behind the scenes peaks at how the writers crafted the stories? Why no look at how the show was impacting American culture and entertainment? Why nothing at all besides the episodes? What a missed opportunity to really give the fans of this unforgettable show something special. I still love this set, but I can only give it an “9″ because for thirty dollars, the people in charge of putting this DVD set together could have and should have included some extras.

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