The groundbreaking sitcom All in the Family turned 50 last year, and while it has been endlessly applauded for its ballsy (at the time) approach to television, and revered for its revolutionary subject matter and style of delivery, I've got to say, it was a mighty tough watch for me. Don't get me wrong, there's no way to objectively deny this show's status as an industry trailblazer, but I'd be lying if I said that All in the Family meshed well with my Millennial sensibilities. You want the short version? I'm not the hugest fan of Archie Bunker, but -- and it's a big "but" -- the man who played him, Carrol O'Connor, may have actually been one of the culture's greatest allies.
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