All in the Family changed the course of television comedy. It brought a sense of harsh reality to an unexpecting TV world. Its chief character, was a typical working-class guy, he was uneducated, prejudiced, and blatantly outspoken. The family was made up of Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker, Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic, and Rob Reiner as Mike Stivic.

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Archie believed in every negative racial and ethnic stereotype he had ever heard. Unfortunately, he could never get away from the people he despised. Archie was a dock foreman for the Prendergast Tool and Die Company, and he had to work with a racially mixed group of people. Next door to his small house in Queens lived a black family, the Jeffersons. This of course was a great source of conflict for Archie. Especially, since his wife was friends with George Jefferson's wife, Louise.