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 said to his wife (Jean Stapleton) “We lost a daughter, Edith, but we gained a meathead.” Archie also called Mike a “Knucklehead!”
During the 1982-83 season, Mike Stivic divorced his wife, Gloria (Sally Struthers) and ran off to a commune with a flower child, thus fulfilling Archie’s opinion of him.
Note: In high school, Archie was also called ‘Meathead.’
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.”
See also – “Shoebottie”