Meathead Was an Idiot

Meathead was an idiot. Archie was beloved. Despite Lear, despite the left-angling mentality of all the writers and actors, Archie's true heart of gold, conservative values, and even his serious flaws make for a character folks found endearing. Because he was right.

Meathead, intended to be the conscience of the show, was a repugnant idiot because even when he might have, once in a while, just by chance, been right in fact, he was always wrong in spirit.

My take. Might not have been everybody's.

When racist Archie got counterpointed by racist George Jefferson, that was pretty funny. Couldn't do any of that today.