On this date in 1971, television changed forever…. at least in the Rumsey household.
On January 12, 1971, the first episode of All in the Family premiered on CBS.
In addition to all the hilarity that would take today’s professionally offended into overdrive, the very first episode featured something else that had never been on TV before…. a toilet flush. (The sound of the flush anyway.)
All in the Family would never make it onto television today, a shame that we can’t laugh at ourselves any longer without someone being offended.
All in the Family made household names out of Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner. It was the first of a trilogy that included other shows that were just as politically incorrect Maude and The Jeffersons.
As a family we laughed at All in the Family, we laughed at the jokes and we laughed when “Archie” made fun of people just like us. We laughed when the shows first aired, for years we laughed in re-runs and my brother even got the full series on DVD for Christmas this year and as we watched a couple of episodes on Christmas night, we laughed again.
All in the Family shined a light on our society, it was often ugly, it was usually inappropriate, but it was always done in humor.
We could all use a bit of All in the Family in our world today.