Bearing the mantle of main character doesn\u2019t always mean a person is supposed to be a moral paragon. They may not even be likeable. Today, gray morality\u2019s become an increasingly popular topic to explore for primary characters, but that can even be traced back to one of the landmark sitcoms of All in the Family. In a lighthearted but meaningful way, cast member Rob Reiner noted how the likes of Archie Bunker was never meant to be a lovable, relatable, admirable hero. The show walked a precarious line putting Archie Bunker in the spotlight and showing him as a guy who could be anyone\u2019s neighbor. Producers and cast alike wanted simply to put forth real life\u2019s many types of real characters and let the audience respond. Viewers\u2019 reactions ended up surprising everyone. Carroll O\u2019Connor vs. Archie Bunker Rob Reiner and Carroll O'Connor's characters often clashed because Archie Bunker had a tendancy towards brash statements \/ Everett Collection Archie Bunker, one of the main characters of All in the Family was famous for blunt statements, grating comments, and judgments rooted in old ways of thinking. Even the show\u2019s producer Norman Lear felt this was a guy who needed an equal and opposite force to shut him down; hence, the creation of Maude, to \u201cdestroy\u201d Archie. RELATED: Norman Lear Says Conflict With These Two Actors Caused \u2018Good Times\u2019 To End Look now at Carroll O\u2019Connor, and viewers see proof positive actors are not their characters. On his own, O\u2019Connor would never utter much of what Archie would say to others. \u201cOn the contrary,\u201d cast member Rob Reiner, known as Michael Stivic, specified, \u201ceveryone associated with the show was liberal-minded, and we were simply presenting both sides and letting the audience decide. Unfortunately, I guess, a lot of the audience simply fell in love with Archie.\u201d Rob Reiner explains the plan, its risks, and unintended results of making Archie Bunker how he is Producers presented someone who could be a typical neighbor and let audiences draw their own opinions \/ Everett Collection As Outsider notes, those who watched All in the Family too to wearing clothing promoting Archie Bunker for president. This was all quite against the plan envisioned by not just Lear but much of the sitcom\u2019s team. \u201cLovable\u201d was never an adjective meant to describe Archie Bunker.Reiner further admitted, \u201cI know we were criticized by some for making a bigot lovable, but that was neither our intention nor that of (producer) Norman Lear.\u201d The overall vision enacted by Lear involved simply presenting contemporary social topics to the audience. Lear often had even his sitcoms address relevant issues of the times and All in the Family was no different, despite some unanticipated responses from the audience. The script also ended up especially personalized during the show\u2019s fourth season when the whole cast was recruited to work on the scripts. Ultimately, this provided a practical example of the dichotomy between intention and realization in any creative work. What did you think of Archie Bunker\u2019s character?