All in the Family got rid of ''live laughs'' and the live studio audience
The show changed for its ninth season. Apparently, people in the live audience didn't enjoy the jokes.
There are always mixed reactions when popular sitcoms begin to change. Some viewers loathe the changes and stop watching the show; others love the new additions. Some changes are so minor that fans would only notice once it has been pointed out. However, sometimes things can make or break a show.
All in the Family had "live laughs" for almost all of their seasons and then decided it was time to switch things up. In an interview with The Cincinnati Post in 1978, Carroll O'Connor talked about the changes that were made for its then-upcoming ninth season.
The show would no longer be taped in front of a live studio audience, which was common for Norman Lear-produced series. "When we've finished an episode, we'll screen it for a studio audience and add the audience laughter," O'Connor began. "What we've been doing is re-writing the show for an audience of 250 people bused in from a retirement home who didn't enjoy a joke."
To the actor, this new method made more sense. He said, "It was stupid. Also, we'll be able to tape the show in four days and cut the cost so I can get as rich as everyone thinks I am."
For the ninth season, fans also had to deal with another major change: Gloria and Mike finally left the nest. "It's a familiar void [that] gives us a wealth of material, both funny and sad," O'Connor said. "We already have storylines for 18 shows, so there is no shortage of stories. We're also expecting Rob and Sally to come back for four shows."
The hope was that parents/grandparents worldwide would feel a connection with the fictional daughter and son-in-law moving away with their child. In reality, the two actors went away to pursue other gigs. "But they probably will come back to us for four episodes. A baby has to visit his grandparents," O'Connor said.
In the article, Carroll O'Connor also responded to critics who claimed all he could play was Archie. "Some critics have said that all I can do is Archie, but if an actor gets one big hit in his career, he's lucky. I'll probably never play a better role."
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The cast of AITF arriving at work, just as any other, well arriving at the studio that is.
btw METV. It's hard enough on those of us who loved the Perry Mason movies on Sunday nights that you replaced with this horrible, divisive, toxic 'sitcom.' But you're STILL running ads for the PM movies during late night. I've personally seen at least 6 reminding me to watch on Sunday nights. Reminding me how much I resent you removing the PM movies after only one run. I had been looking forward to watching them a 2nd time. I always catch more details the 2nd time. You chose not to let us have that. so please stop running commercials for PM Sunday night movies.
Boomers are the children of those adults of the WWII era - babies born 1946-1964. Archie himself was FATHER of a boomer, which Gloria would qualify as. Boomer is not just a term you slam at anyone older than you with whom you disagree.
Plus - I know Norman Lear's endgame. Do you? Because you can actually google it (and the real definition of 'boomer') and learn in mere seconds.
And finally - we boomers wear the label proudly. It is our parents who kept you from being under the rule of Hitler or some Japanese emperor. We owe the parents of boomers our very lives. Boomer is a proud badge! (And Boomers invented your phone and computer and microwave.)
Wish they'd put something different on.