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”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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