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Full title: 'All in the Family' pushed the envelope on race and gender. Has America regressed since then?

Jim Cullen, Opinion contributor Published 4:00 a.m. ET Sept. 28, 2018
'All in the Family' was a hard sell 50 years ago but became a huge hit that changed public discourse. 'Roseanne' fate suggests we're going backwards.


Fifty years ago this week, on Sept. 29, 1968, producer Norman Lear and a small group of collaborators shot a pilot for a TV sitcom about a Queens dockworker named Archie, the wife he called “Dingbat” and the son-in-law he dubbed “Meathead.”

The show was canceled before it ever aired.

There had been reason to think it could work. The previous year, Lear’s partner, Bud Yorkin, told him about "Til Death Us Do Part," a BBC sitcom he had seen in London about a bigoted Cockney father in chronic conflict with his daughter’s live-in husband. Lear persuaded him that the premise had possibilities as the basis for an American show.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/28/all-family-shows-us-progress-50-years-columnists-opinion/1434863002/