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This Day in History - 1.12.2012

America meets "All In The Family"


By Mary Ozanic

On January 12, 1971, the American sitcom "All In The Family" premiered on CBS. Produced by Norman Lear, it was the first television program to top the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive years and was ranked #4 by TV Guide as one of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Variety Magazine named Archie Bunker, the show’s protagonist, as TV’s Greatest Character of All Time. The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy. For instance, it was the first television show it history to feature the sound of a flushing toilet.