All in the Family

LORELAI: You know how on All in the Family when Edith would be yapping about something and Archie would pretend to make a noose and hang himself or shoot himself in the head?
RORY: Yeah?
LORELAI: I don’t know. Something about this moment just made me think of that.

All in the Family, previously mentioned, is an American sit-com which aired 1971-1979, based on the British sit-com Till Death Us Do Part. It stars Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker, a blue-collar worker from Queens who is prejudiced, but essentially decent. His wife was Edith Bunker, a sweet and rather naive woman played by Jean Stapleton. Among the most popular television programs of its era (at times the #1 show), it is regarded as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.

All in the Family is still on American television in reruns to this day, and this is another TV show that Lorelai and Rory may have seen on Nick at Nite.

Sally Struthers, who played Babette on Gilmore Girls, played the Bunkers’ married daughter Gloria Stivic, and went on to have her own spin-off show, Gloria, from 1982-1983. Liz Torres, who played Miss Patty on Gilmore Girls, had the role of Theresa Betancourt, a nursing student who rented Gloria’s old room from the Bunkers in Season 7.


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