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  • The first four episodes of the season are all connected and address the issue of inflation
  • Nonetheless, the episodes remain entertaining, and they are presented on DVD in the best possible way
  • Nonetheless, the set still gets a 9 from me and I'm definitely happy to have it a part of my collection

    • by CirclingCanvas


      The fifth season of All in the Family represents a slight shift in the way stories are told: some of the season consists of multi-part stories as opposed to single, standalone stories. Now the later seasons, particularly season eight, will be made up of even more two and three part stories, but season five is really where the writers begin to experiment with stories that can’t be told in an half-hour, with the exception of last season’s two part “heat wave” story. The first four episodes of the season are all connected and address the issue of inflation. The story, like any good All in the Family story, mixes humor in with an issue that is very real and frightening: how to afford the everyday items when the prices of goods climb higher than the money earned in a paycheck. Archie’s union also goes on strike during these episodes, making matters even more stressful for the Bunkers and Stiviks. Not surprisingly, the cast delivers performances that are rich with emotion and that’s the reason why so many people then, and even now, could and

      can see themselves in these characters. The superb performances continue in another multi-part story that consists of Archie disappearing while traveling to a convention, and the family doesn’t know what to think. Yet despite the heavy concerns that Archie may be hurt or have run off with another woman, the show still manages to deliver comedic punch after comedic punch with Edith’s nerve-wreaking first Tupperware party and the zany party consisting of far-out dancing and headstanding at the Bunker house with the Jeffersons and Irene Lorenzo when Edith gets the good news that Archie’s been found and is okay. Again, the ability of the writers to pull off both comedy and drama in the same episode or story arc without making the show seem unbelievable is really remarkable.

      Other changes occur in the season, but they are changes that I wasn’t as pleased about as I was when the series adopted a multi-story approach. The Jeffersons move out of the neighborhood, and there thus goes the hilarious back and forth exchanges between Archie and George. Both stubborn men, bigoted in their own ways, it was ...

      • the highlight of an episode for me when both characters were in the same room. Sherman Hemsley always portrayed George with such life, with his own style of walking and loud personality and although the Jeffersons left and got their own show, I still missed the clashes and the exchanges between Archie and George, and the neighborhood seemed to get smaller and quieter. The pilot episode for The Jeffersons is included on this set since it’s still an All in the Family episode. Another change that I wasn’t crazy about was at the end of the season, Mike and Gloria rent out the house next door. The Bunker house seemed quieter and the dialogue less politically and socially charged after Mike and Gloria move into their new house in the following season.

        This really would be the last season where the show still had a political and social issue bite to it, although the show had toned down some after the first couple of years. Controversial issues would still crop up and be tackled in the later seasons, but this is where the series underwent

        a bit of a change, and not necessarily for the better. Nonetheless, the episodes remain entertaining, and they are presented on DVD in the best possible way: with a clear picture that’s free of interference and grain and audio that comes through strong. Like with all the All in the Family season sets, there’s no bonus features, and that is something that I really dislike about these releases. Other sitcom releases, although certainly not all, come loaded with special features that take viewers behind the scenes and bring to light things that have rarely or never been seen or known. All I can think of is laziness or a lack of interest is the reason why this is yet another bare-bones release.

        For thirty dollars, this set was still worth it despite no special features. The stories themselves are enough for me, although that certainly doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be overjoyed or willing to pay more for a set that had bonus features. Nonetheless, the set still gets a “9″ from me and I’m definitely happy to have it a part of my collection.

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