This month on “Sunday Cinema”, we wanted to focus on unaired pilot episodes of television programs that either took off and became beloved by audiences or fell flat and never saw more than a few months on-air.
From the first piano notes, most baby boomers & gen-xers will know this show by it’s more familiar name, “All in the Family”. This show written by Norman Lear actually had 2 different unaired pilots created for it by ABC before finally finding a home on CBS. This is the first pilot that was shot in 1968 starring Carroll O’Connor & Jean Stapleton as Archie & Edith Justice. The roles of their daughter Gloria & husband Richard (later changed to Michael) were changed twice, once in each pilot.