“All In The Family”

This is the most pitch-perfect theme song in the history of television. I’m waiting for the day that some politician uses it, completely unironically, to appeal to the “things used to be so much better” voting bloc.

4 Responses to ““All In The Family””

  1. Pitt says:

    I’m more of a fan of Sanford and Son, but then looking around my house and yard, you’d probably reckon that.

    Don’t you reckon?

    AITF was a great show, though. Perfect for it’s time. I really enjoy movies and TV shows made in the 70’s. It’s not nostalgia (I wasn’t really sentient for most of the 1970’s) nor is it some white-washed notion of how great things used to be. I just really like the style, colors, and overall execution that occurred in movies and TV shows roughly in this decade period. It was real- sometimes grimy, sometimes washed out, and sometimes corny. But it was always authentic. It was, looking back, the last time the entertainment industry actually entertained without going heavy-handed into the special effects and fakery.

  2. Pitt says:

    Speaking of the 1970s, by the way, rent “Used Cars”, if you haven’t already seen it. Kurt Russell at his finest; Robert Zemeckis at the top of his game.

  3. matt says:

    The dialog in All In The Family was so genuine, too. I was watching the episode this morning where the Jeffersons are getting ready to open up their dry cleaning store and move on up.

    “Where’d your uncle get enough money to open his own business, Lionel?”
    “He’s been saving up his welfare checks.”
    “What?! He’s been collecting welfare checks while he was working?”
    “Don’t you read the papers, Mr. Bunker? That’s how we all get so rich.”

  4. Pitt says:

    Excellent. 😉 May have to add some All In The Family to the old Netflix queue.

    Love the theme song, too:

    “Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade.
    Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days.
    Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight.
    Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.
    And you know who you were then, girls were girls and men were men.
    Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
    People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
    Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days.
    Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
    Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
    Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song.
    I don’t know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days.”

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