| Season N/A (Special), episode # --|
|"All in the Family" episode|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Air date||December 21, 1974|
|Written by||Don Nicholl and Michael Ross & Bernie West and Norman Lear|
|Directed by:||John Rich and Bob LaHendro & H. Wesley Kenney|
|IMDb:||The Best of "All in the Family"|
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The Best of "All in the Family" one-hour TV special retrospective of episodes of the first 4 1/2 seasons of the series was the 15th episode of the fifth season and, actually the landmark 100th overall episode of All in the Family, not counting the episode aired the next week, "Prisoner in the House" (season episode #16), which is listed as the 100th series episode. The Season 5 episode first aired on CBS-TV on December 21, 1974. Written by the production team of Don Nicholl, Michael Ross and Bernie West and series creator Norman Lear, it was directed by John Rich, Bob LaHendro and H. Wesley Kenney.
Henry Fonda hosts this special one-hour retrospective of "AITF" and its impact on American television. Included are show clips from the show's most memorable episodes to that point.
Henry Fonda serves as host for the 100th episode of All in the Family, which is devoted to highlights from the past 99 installments. Included are a montage of Archie's bigoted diatribes, a compendium of Archie's tiltings with "meathead" Mike, Gloria's matriculation from dizzy-headed bride to full-out feminist, and a section on the innate wisdom of "dingbat" Edith Bunker. In all, 35 excerpts were used, each one funnier or more profound than the last. The wraparound and linking sequences with Fonda were written by Bernie West and Michael Ross and directed by H. Wesley Kenney (who replaced John Rich and Bob LaHendro as the series' house director at the beginning of season five). Originally telecast as a one-hour special, "The Best of All in the Family" has since been syndicated as two consecutive half-hour installments.