Today they reaired the gay episode on TVLand and I found it on Youtube. You really should watch this whole piece where Archie finds out his macho ex-football player friend is gay. Watch all three parts below. They say fag, queer, fagdom, fruit, pancy, and more. Amazing that this was 40 years ago and so forward think regarding masculine vs. feminine!
I forgot about the lesbian postscript on the end of that episode, it's a shame that most of the epilogues were cut in syndication. Mike's "effeminate" ascoted friend is a pre-permed Tony Geary, "Luke" from "General Hospital!"
Don't forget the other gay episodes featuring the recurring character "Beverly," played for laughs in "her" introductory episode (below), and with pathos in Beverly's final episode where Edith questions the existence of god after Beverly is BEATEN TO DEATH FOR BEING "DIFFERENT." A fatal gay bashing as serious fodder on a 35 year old sitcom episode, plus watching a TV bigot evolve on gay issues - talk about groundbreaking!
Here are the clips for the introductory episode (Beverly appears at the start of Part 2):
I couldn't find clips of the other "Beverly" episodes but they're called "Beverly Rides Again" and "Edith's Crisis of Faith."
All in the Family was cutting edge in its portrayal of social issues during the 70's using comedy to diffuse widely prevalent stigma's and stereotypes. Too bad there is no such cutting edge creativity in Hollywood these days. Instead, we are subjected to so-called reality shows like Jersey Shore. Lol
One of my favorite shows of all time. I've seen every episode at least once, and some more than once. I love the way they work the comedy into the drama and the drama into the comedy--amazing writing. I wish there were more shows like this on today where characters actually say what's on their mind instead of walking on egg shells.
I would like to also mention that Norman Lear helped in financing the Prop 8 Trial. I don't know if we would have had a trial without Rob Reiner and Norman Lear.
The man has dedicated a big part of his life to trying to protect people rights as well as many other social issues.
His CFO in his current company used to be a neighbor. She is also an amazing person.
I really think that we need a modern version of All In The Family on the air today. Whether the networks would allow such a show....probably doubtful....being that they are all owned by corporate america.
When did gay partners become a part of the family on TV? October 9, 1977. That's the night CBS aired an All in the Family episode entitled "Cousin Liz," which in just a half hour did three amazing things: it showed America that they could have queer family members. It depicted what may be TV's first gay marriage. And oh yeah it may have changed the course of an election.
I saw all the "All In The Family" gay episodes during their first run. (Episodes in syndication are usually missing the pre-end credit, epilogue moments; I wonder what it was for this one.)
Great insight on the episode by Matt Baume; I wonder if he did others on the other gay episodes, i.e. Beverly LaSalle (transvestite that Archie gave mouth-to-mouth who had a 3 episode arc) and Tony Geary (Meathead's femme-ish friend who Archie complained to his butch jock friend to - who then outed himself.)
Lori Shannon born Don Seymour McLean, (May 18, 1938 - February 13, 1984) was an openly gay female impersonator who was associated with the drag revues at Finocchio's club in San Francisco. He wrote an entertainment column for the Bay Area Reporter.
He stood 6-feet-5 in his heels and considered himself "a stand-up comic in a dress," relished startling tourists with one-liners at Finocchio's.
To the American television audience, Shannon was best known for portraying female impersonator Beverly LaSalle in three episodes of the CBS sitcom All in the Family. The episodes in which he appears are "Archie the Hero" (1975), "Beverly Rides Again" (1976), and "Edith's Crisis of Faith, Part 1" (1977).
Shannon died of a heart attack at the age of 45 at Mission Emergency Hospital in San Francisco on February 13, 1984.