“All in the Family” is one of the most influential sitcoms in television history. In fact, it was so influential that it led to seven – that’s right seven – spin-off shows.
The classic show premiered on CBS on Jan. 12, 1971. By the time its second season premiered on Sept. 18, 1971, “All in the Family” was a hit. Its final episode aired on May 2, 1979, after nine seasons. During its run, it was a rating success and was the highest-rated show on television for five straight seasons. It also won 22 Emmy awards.
“All in the Family” was known for many things. The most significant of these is probably that it wasn’t afraid to take on very controversial topics. These controversial topics included infidelity, menopause, and impotence, among others.
The cast of “All in the Family” included Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker; Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker; Rob Reiner as Michael “Meathead” Stivic; and Sally Struthers as Gloria Stivic.
You can watch the opening credits for “All in the Family” below.
‘All in the Family’ Paved Way for ‘Maude,’ Other Classic Television Shows
The list of the shows that emerged thanks to “All in the Family,” is pretty impressive. The first of these was “Maude,” which starred Bea Arthur as the title character. Arthur first played Maude on an episode of “All in the Family” during 1971, according to Wikipedia. She then went on to play the character on “Maude” until April 1978.
From “Maude” came “Good Times.” These two shows are reportedly connected thanks to the appearance of the character Florida Evans. Evans first appeared on “Maude” before appeared on “Good Times.” This show ran from February 1974 until August 1979.
You can watch the theme song for “Maude” below.
List of Spin-Offs Includes ‘The Jeffersons’
Another show that can thank “All in the Family” for its existence is “The Jeffersons,” according to Wikipedia. This show’s main characters, George and Louise Jefferson were neighbors of the Bunkers on “All in the Family.” “The Jeffersons” was a huge hit and ran for 11 seasons.
“The Jeffersons” spawned the television show “Checking In.” This show followed the Jeffersons’ maid Florence Johnston as she worked at a hotel in Manhattan. This show wasn’t very successful, however. It only ran for four weeks, according to the article.
Check out the opening credits for “The Jeffersons” below.
Another spin-off from “All in the Family” was “Archie Bunker’s Place.” This show actually continued the story of “All in the Family” and premiered during September 1979. It centers around the tavern Archie Bunker purchased during the original show. It reportedly aired until April 1983.
Two other shows also came out of “All in the Family.” One was “Gloria.” Struthers returned to play the role she originated on the original show. In this sitcom, Gloria is divorced and is trying to make a life for herself. The other was “704 Hauser,” according to Wikipedia. This show focuses on the house where the Bunkers lived and followed the Cumberbatch family. It only aired for five episodes during 1994.