Television is a place where history can happen. All in the Family is certainly one of the most popular and enduring classic TV shows of all time. The program aired from 1971 and lasted until 1979, grabbing a ton of awards and critical acclaim along the way! Today we are digging deep in order to shower you with stunning facts about the hit show!
Based on British TV.
By now we are used to seeing American shows based off of U.K. counterparts, but back in the time All in the Family was unique! It wouldn’t be charity to say that All in the Family quickly outshone the U.K. based version, Till Death Do Us Part. Recycling TV show ideas likely won’t make its way into an environmental education course, but Hollywood definitely took notice.
Mickey Rooney almost starred in the show!
It’s almost impossible to see Archie Bunker as anyone but Carroll O’Connor, but it almost happened. In fact, Archie Bunker was once pegged to be played by Hollywood legend, Mickey Rooney! Rooney declined the role, saying that it was too controversial for TV.
The show saw TWO pilot pitches.
Typically a TV show will get a pilot filmed to pitch to major networks. All in the Family had three such episodes filmed. Both times the pilot was turned down by ABC. We’re pretty sure they regret turning down the program, but what do we know? It’s not like you could fuel the sustainable development of a new broadcast with their crazy ratings.