Jtube: All in the Family: Rich Jews

Where does the "all Jews are rich" stereotype come from?

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Comments (15)

(11) Anonymous, August 9, 2018 1:03 AM

Thinking about the question that was posed:

By the way, where DOES the stereotype that all Jews are [monetarily] rich come from?

(10) Dvirah, August 8, 2018 8:02 PM


This looks like an early episode, where Archie is at his worst. I admit I winced at the canned laughter after each bigoted statement, that would probably not be done today (I hope!).
But in defense of the program, I would like to point out that over the course of several seasons, Archie becomes exposed to Jewish, Afro-American and other people who he first sees as stereotypes but then learns to value as individuals. So that by the end of the program he is not nearly so bigoted as when it began. And that was the value of the program, that it - and its audience who identified with Archie - learned and grew out of much of the original prejudice.
But of course one can't see that in a single clip from one episode.

(9) Anonymous, August 8, 2018 2:22 PM

Background info why Aish.HaTorah may have put this up.

"All in the Family" was a "situation comedy". Sometimes they had live audiences, but usually they had "canned laughter" and television production wasn't as developed as it is today. Many of those old "sit-com"s can seem less professional than what people produce filming and using production programs on their own phones, not in a studio, these days. Also, American sit-com "humor" is generally based on, and rooted in, hurtful stereotyping. "Overweight", "nerdy", etc., put-downs in the way of, "I was only joking", humor at others' expense. It's not something to expose oneself to in general. It's not healthy to sit watching television. The majority of programs, whether comedy or otherwise were and are degrading and dis-empowering to all human beings in one way or the other, even nowadays when it's more in style to be "politically correct." However, it might be comforting to be aware that in general the theme of "All in the Family" was different "types" living together and next to each other, and Archie Bunker was the "bigot" type. The point was to laugh AT him, and his relentless closed-mindedness, understanding that it's wrong. His son-in-law, Mike, was the "open-minded," type, living under the same roof, a perennial, intellectual college student whom Archie Bunker called not "Mike", but "Meathead". The episode where it was revealed that Archie's own father had always called him (Archie) "Meathead" when he was growing up was extremely touching, and a purposeful lesson (not that sit-coms are usually about lessons, they're about "ratings", but there were definitely sentimental points in "All in the Family") that those who put others down so relentlessly were often themselves put down. Let's pick ourselves up now, view thought-provoking and informative things on the Aish HaTorah website, and in our lives. Feel good about ourselves and others. Give an unequivocally GOOD word to another that brings on a genuine smile. Have a great day!

(8) Richard Aigen, August 7, 2018 1:46 PM

self-fulfilling prophesy

This humor was universal and ahead of it's time. It was generally understood and appreciated as such. It has now mutated and distilled into ethos where only certain classes are permitted to be parodied. It's because of this perversion that it's not funny any more.

Anonymous, August 8, 2018 3:21 AM

I don't think it's funny because it's trying too hard to make the point and it's unconvincingly contrived. They go on too long saying the same thing and are obviously playing to the audience. It's impossible to believe that we are looking at real people.

English comedies of that era have stood the test of time, this hasn't.

(7) Cingo, August 1, 2018 6:40 PM


If Archie were an Arab living in Mecca and the local realtor sold to Jews or Hindus for that matter - this would be the reaction of a typical Meccan. Jews are banned in Mecca. BANNED. this will never change and also parts of Jerusalem are probably off limits to Arabs. So you can use this in many situations— the humor is in Archie s limited knowledge. A white man at a black panther meeting, a woman in the NFL, a man at a gynecologist. ?!

Dvirah, August 8, 2018 7:56 PM


NO PARTS of Jerusalem are off-limits to Arabs by Israeli law; if they themselves chose not to go places, that is their choice and not prejudice. As one who lives in Israel and KNOWS!

(6) British Exile, August 1, 2018 3:03 AM

This clip was a disgrace!

That this clip should have been shown at all is a disgrace. To hear the audience baying with laughter at anti semitism shown in this crude form made me feel sick. The punch line depicting the black lady who was the new owner to the consternation of her neighbor was sickening. This ghastly TV program should never be shown again.

(5) John Rowe, July 31, 2018 3:11 PM


For further information, All In The Family was developed, and produced, by two prominent Jewish producers in the industry. Also, it starred Rob Reiner, a Jewish man who is an actor, writer, filmaker and director. What shall we make of this?

Anonymous, August 8, 2018 3:26 AM

...that being Jewish doesn't mean that people make good television programmes ?

The acting is terrible, everyone overacts and the pauses are too long. Only amateur acting has that sort of pause between remarks. Or do they think that the audience is stupid ?

(4) John Rowe, July 31, 2018 3:01 PM

Exposing bigotry

The whole idea of All In The Family was not bigotry, but to expose it. Young people today do not understand that. Stomach-churning, if this isn't true, then you must say the same of the Jewish actor -filmmaker Mel Brooks. These were people, and programs, ahead of their time. And Mike, you are absolutely 100% correct!

(3) Greer, July 31, 2018 2:53 PM

Bending towards justice

You can't watch this and say we aren't making progress. I'm 51 and when I saw this show as a kid, I didn't realize it was a comedy. We still have a long way to go but we've come a long way since the 1970s.

(2) Holly Aspeitia, July 31, 2018 2:17 PM


The clip shown was revolting. It oozes with jealous, hate-filled lies, cloaked in the guise of “humor”. May HaShem help us all to forgive those who spitefully use and persecute us without cause. May HaShem bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel.

(1) Mike, July 31, 2018 3:17 AM

You could never make that show today.

People today would never tolerate a show like All in the Family. They would not understand the humor.

Annie, August 8, 2018 3:18 AM

terrible acting

I remember it being funny as a satire, but now the acting seems laboured and unconvincing, as if they were reading from cue cards. The satire seems laboured too, the show is trying too hard.

It hasn't stood the test of time well at all, it's dated .


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