Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shakespeare References In "All In The Family" Season Four

All In The Family, starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers, has a couple of Shakespeare references in its fourth season.  In the episode titled "Edith's Christmas Story," there is a reference to Hamlet. Mike and Gloria are keeping some news about Edith from Archie. Mike tells him, "We're just talking." Archie responds, "Oh, don't give me that. There's something going on. What I mean to say, there's something rotten in the state of Denver." That, of course, is a play on Marcellus' line "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (from Act I Scene iv).

In the episode "Et Tu, Archie?" Archie is worried that an unemployed old friend might take his job, and so he tells his personnel manager some things that put him in a bad light. The title, of course, is a reference to the famous line from Julius Caesar. After Brutus stabs Caesar in Act III Scene i, Caesar says, "Et tu, Brute?"

(There were also Shakespeare references in the second season.)

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