I recently asked my colleague Ainsley Andrade to watch a few episodes and write a critique of one of television's most significant classics, All in the Family. I'm old enough to have watched the original when it first aired (January 1971 -- April 1979), and even then I knew it was something special. But with each passing decade I am reminded that there really has been no other series like it in the history of American television. Conversely, Ainsley had never seen the show … he only knew of it as "the comedy about the bigot." What, I wondered, would a young man of color who was born long after All in the Family and its continuation as Archie Bunker's Place (September 1979 -- April 1983) had ended have to say about it today?
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