The character was likeable. He was an irascible person who underneath had a heart of gold, especially for those he loved. Of course, he was a bigot and male chauvinist who said some of the most inane things imaginable; however, in the end he was shown up for who he was. I especially love the spar between he and the Jefferson brothers, Henry & George. Henry gave Archie a run for his money. George was a snap who gave as good as he got from Archie. The real arch nemesis of Archie was Michael. Michael sent Archie into an emotional tailspin each time he presented a logical point to counter the illogicality of Archie's point. Yes, Carroll O' Connor was the diametric opposite of his character Archie Bunker. He contended that Archie Bunker was a clueless bigot. Mr. O'Connor was in fact very liberal in his ideology. Loved THAT show to death! Boy, television was really TELEVISION back then!