All in the Family – a gap in generations

Archie Bunker might have been a traditional, one-minded, opinionated man, but the characters around him promoted feminism around him. It would the reaction those around Archie that stood for something more than a one-way thinker. (1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family, n.d.)

All in the Family brought laughter to many homes, but also stood for the changing society. “The set-up of the four characters reveals the feminism of All in the Family through the disconnect between the older and younger generations.” (1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family, n.d.)

There are many examples of the evolving world that Archie Bunker is not comfortable with. His daughter, Gloria and son-in-law, Mike move in with him and it brings a lot of change to his life and the Bunker household. (1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family, n.d.) The turbulence isn’t that they moved in; however, they brought their liberal political views with them. (1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family, n.d.) “The young ones voice liberal, open-minded viewpoints that clash mightily with Archie’s narrow-minded views of the world.” (1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family, n.d.)

My perspective: With the idea of the generation gap, I feel this show clearly showcases this idea well. In society at the time of the Liberation Movement, the younger generation was willing to accept the change and was the standing force behind it. The older generation was hard to convince and change. Archie Bunker’s character was the perfect depiction of this concept.

I feel this topic of a generation gap stands true today. After this past election, we have seen a lot of this. A lot of the younger generation is more liberal and votes that way. People are afraid of change and especially those of older generation. They are use to one way of thinking, living, and believing. The younger generation has grown up adapting, changing, and evolving. As a female in the younger generation, I feel its important for us to continue to adapt and change with time. No matter if it was in the past or now, there will always be a generation gap.

1970s Feminist Sitcoms: All in the Family. (n.d.). About.com. Retrieved November 15, 2012, from http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminismandpopculture/a/All-In-The-Family.htm

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