Pop culture would never have never been the same without All in the Family, Maude and The Jeffersons. Go ahead and click on the links so you can take a trip down memory lane with the theme songs!
These days you could never get away with what producers got away with in the old days. Other than South Park, there's not a show on television that rivals these two in offensive content.
You gotta love it.
The 1990's didn't introduce the dysfunctional family, that began some twenty years before. American television comedy went from the perfect nuclear family programs like Leave it to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show, Father Knows Best and the Brady Bunch to well---Archie and Meathead, George and Weezie, Maude and Walter. These programs were based on reality. Ignorant bigoted Christian blue collar white man who never really made much of his life meets equally obnoxious and racist black man from the projects who hit it big and became rich meets the loudmouthed, opinionated radical liberal feminist.
Life wouldn't have been the same without hearing the words "Meathead" or "God's gonna get you for that Walter" and "Honkey!"
Remember these sound clips?
God'll get you for this!
and of course this great one by Louise:
Louise: Lionel, you'd better go to your room. I don't want you to get hit by your father.
Lionel: Why would Dad hit me?
Louise: Because I'm not sure just where I'm going to throw him!
It wasn't just the words they said it was how they said them. Anyone who remembers these show remembers Archie's ignorance and inability to pronounce simple words, George's blatant obnoxiousness, and Maude's defiant feminist attitude.