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  • It's evident that these episodes were transferred with care and they're definitely worth thirty dollars
  • One such episode deals with Archie arguing with Mike and Gloria about the issue of baptism, and Archie's enraged that his atheist son-in-law and only daughter choose not to baptize his grandchild
  • The next season was stronger in my opinion because it dealt with issues like infidelity and draft dodging, but that season wasn't released on DVD, unfortunately


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      This is the last season of All in the Family to be released on DVD even though the show ran for nine years before changing its name to Archie Bunker’s Place. It’s a shame that the remaining seasons haven’t been released and it’s possible they never will be considering how this set was released back in 2007. Even though this set, along with the previous sets, lack any sort of bonus or special features whatsoever, it’s still nice having these episodes uncut and restored so that the picture and sound quality are top notch. This set looks about as good as the previous sets, with minimal picture gain and audio interference. It’s evident that these episodes were transferred with care and they’re definitely worth thirty dollars.

      All twenty-four episodes from the sixth season are included in this season set. Much of this season is focused on Gloria’s pregnancy and then, how the birth of the new


      baby affects the lives of Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria. This is a season where the show seemed to become less political and less sharp in terms of the language and hateful slang and terminology. There are still some controversial episodes though, just not as many as in the previous seasons. One such episode deals with Archie arguing with Mike and Gloria about the issue of baptism, and Archie’s enraged that his atheist son-in-law and only daughter choose not to baptize his grandchild. It’s a heated episode that comes with a surprising ending that will be followed up on in the next episode of the season.

      The issue of affirmative action is also tackled in an episode in the season and Mike, someone that’s been a supporter of it, comes head to head with it when it involves him and a person of African American descent. This episode not only explores the rightness and wrongness ...


      • of affirmative action, but also explores a common trait in humans: someone may be for something, but when that something directly affects him or her, that something he or she may not be so quick to support! All in the Family has always been good at this sort of thing. There’s another heated episode in the season that focuses on religion and a child’s right to choose whether he or she wants to follow a particular faith or not, and naturally, Archie and Mike are mainly the ones that go back and forth on this issue, although Irene and Gloria get in some good lines too. Incidentally, this is the last episode Irene appears in, which is a great shame because now the show has lost her, her husband, and the Jefferson family, all of which really added comedic value to the show and made the neighborhood feel like an actual neighborhood. The interactions with
        these secondary guest characters were great, and it’s a shame there’s no more to look forward to in the later seasons, except for a couple cameos later on.

        This season’s episodes were divided up pretty evenly, with some episodes focusing mainly on Archie and Edith and others on Mike and Gloria, although there probably were more episodes focusing on the latter since the birth of the baby was a big focus of the season. In a way, I kind of dislike the season because the show was always at its best when it was tackling issues and intermixing seriousness with comedy, and this season sort of takes the show away from that. Still, it’s hard to not find entertainment value in these characters, and that’s why I’m still rating it a “7″. The next season was stronger in my opinion because it dealt with issues like infidelity and draft dodging, but that season wasn’t released on DVD, unfortunately.




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