On Tuesday January 12, 1971 at 9:30 pm EST, CBS unveiled the “All in the Family” pilot episode. Today, on the “Howie Carr Show” (WRKO 680 AM Boston), Howie discussed whether such a show could air on network television today. He thought it could.
I disagree. I don’t think the viewing public — or the Federal Communications Commission — would stand for it (particularly with America having elected its first black President in November 2008). My maternal grandfather Marcel Paulhus used to sit and howl with laughter throughout the entire show. My father Nick despised the show because the yelling and bickering reminded him too much of his childhood.