Meathead - Archie
Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) called his unemployed son-in-law Mike Stivic
(Rob Reiner) a "meathead" on a regular basis on the sitcom ALL IN THE
FAMILY/CBS/1971-83. Mike stayed with his in-laws while going to
college. The cramped quarters and the volatile tempers of both Mike
and Archie often put them at odds with each other resulting in Archie
calling Mike a "Meathead" which was once explained to mean "dead from
the neck up."
Archie once commented to his wife (Jean Stapleton) "We lost a
daughter, Edith, but we gained a meathead." Archie also called
Meathead a "Knucklehead!"
During the 1982-83 season Mike Stivic
divorced his wife, Gloria Bunker Stivic (Sally Struthers) and ran off to a commune with a flower child, thus
fulfilling Archie's opinion of him. In high school, Archie was also
TRIVIA NOTE: The son-in-law counterpart on the
British sitcom TILL DEATH US DO PART/BBC/1966-75 that inspired ALL IN
THE FAMILY was referred to as a "git."
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