All in the Family’s Three Pilots

Bobby Ellerbee, of writes:

January 12, 1971… All In The Family¬†Debuts On CBS Pilot 1, 1968 Pilot 2, 1969 Pilot 3, 1970

As you can tell by the three pilot episodes listed above, launching the American version of the hit BBC show Till Death Do Us Part was not a simple task for Norman Lear.

All three pilots start with the same opening song, and Carol O’Connor and Gene Stapelton were always Archie and Edith, but not Bunker…not yet anyway. The family name was originally Justice, and the original title was ‘Justice For All’.

Only in the last pilot to we finally meet Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner as Gloria and Michael. In pilot one, those parts were played by Kelly Jean Peters and Tim McIntire and in pilot two, by Candice Azar and Chip Oliver