Here's what Sally Struthers had to say about the live 'All In The Family' performance

Who better to comment on the live performance of "All In The Family" than Gloria herself?

It seems like every popular show from previous decades is either getting a reboot, a refresh, or a reunion. Call it what you want: Nostalgia or a cash grab. But it looks like plenty of networks are working hard to give shows of the past a new opportunity in the present.

This was the case for All in The Family Live, a live performance of an All In The Family script with new actors, presented on ABC in 2019. This wouldn't be the last time ABC put on a live performance of a previous classic; The network also held a live performance of Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life in 2021. The live performance of All in The Family was shown in addition to a live performance of an episode from Good Times.

Sally Struthers, the original Gloria on All In The Family, was actually asked about the live performance of the television series she became known for during an interview with the Delaware News Journal. In response, she had a simple question: "Why? What is the point? It's a classic."

She continued, "All In The Family came at a moment in time that somehow turned out to be the perfect moment to put something that quote-unquote radical on TV, and it was the perfect cast. We had the perfect writers."

True, at the time that All In The Family arrived on television, it was considered out of the ordinary, in terms of content and messaging. Today, however, some people may consider some All In The Family episodes to be tame viewing in comparison to other series on air. 

Struthers also went on to say that even though the performance was meant to be a one-time thing, you could never beat the original cast of the series. She said, "Nobody is going to be Carroll O'Connor, nobody but nobody is going to be another Jean Stapleton. And I honestly don't see the point."

While fans were no doubt delighted to see their favorite show on television for one night, Struthers has a decent point: You just can't beat the real thing.

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13 Comments

Flash4001 7 months ago
Rob Reiner originally wanted Penny Marshall to be Gloria because that was his current wife at the time
LLERBMIK1981 7 months ago
All in the Family was and remains entirely irreverent, rude and nasty. Wouldn’t watch it then…won’t watch it now. NEVER WILL. Gross.
JERRY6 7 months ago
100% spot on , jut trying to milk the last $$ from an old show . you just can´t beat the real deal ust look at Magbum PI NO IDEA HOW IT HAS LASTED SO LONG . Maybe 3 in the cast worth watching
Rob JERRY6 7 months ago
I am a big fan of the original Magnum PI and I consider the reboot to be a slap in the face to all fans of the series.
NickG 7 months ago
She’s absolutely right. I saw them all and liked none of them. Fortunately we still have reruns.
musicman37 7 months ago
Like Ms. Struthers, I just don't see the point. It's not even trying to redo a classic; it's trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice, with inferior ingredients. Most of the actors of today just can't do what the actors of the past could, regardless of how many classes they take at the Actor's Studio.

And I agree that there was a certain amount of misplaced ego involved from the producer.
top_cat_james_1 7 months ago
One would think that if Jimmy Kimmel, producer of the live recreation programs, was such a ardent fan and admirer of Norman Lear, he would have more respect for the material he presents and not indulge in stunt-casting, pointless script revisions, and adding dopey in-jokes. Numerous times during the last two events, I couldn't tell if Lear's productions were being lauded or being made fun of.
Kramden62 7 months ago
New or old, I absolutely *couldn't* stand that show.
LoveMETV22 7 months ago
At the time "All in the Family" originally aired it was somewhat uncharted territory. However
Norman Lear took the chance and the show did quite well. Agree with Sally Struthers comments though that your not going to re-create what the original cast of the series did.
Runeshaper 7 months ago
"You just can't beat the real thing." To be honest, some things should not be recreated or remade.
KentuckyPhil69 7 months ago
Sally is absolutely right!! Nobody nowadays could carry that cast's dirty underwear! Comedy (and I use that term very very loosely), is not anything to laugh at!!! Archie and Mr Lear were prophets!! Just watch an episode and look at the world today!!! It's almost scary! Actually it is!!
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