6.All in the Family
Norman Lears trademark openers, set to soul songs, usually included
footage roaming along city and suburban streets. He wanted to set the
sociological stage for comedies such as Good Times and Maude. On The
Jeffersons George and Louise taxi to the Upper East Side and their Park
Ave. building; theyre Movin On Up. But the All in the Family opener
was the best of them all. It established everything you needed to know
about Archie and Edith Bunker of Queens -- their marriage, his smugness,
her comic shrillness, and the shows times-they-are-a-changing theme. Their
duet of Those Were the Days (Didnt need no welfare state, Everybody
pulled his weight) was classic.
Pictured, "All in the Family" opening title sequence.
Video: 'All in the Family' opening credits (YouTube)