Archie Bunker's Place

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Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunkers Place.jpg
Based on Till Death Us Do Part created by Johnny Speight
Starring Carroll O'Connor
Jean Stapleton
Martin Balsam
Danielle Brisebois
Allan Melvin
Denise Miller
Jason Wingreen
Barbara Meek
Bill Quinn
Anne Meara
Barry Gordon
Opening theme "Those Were the Days"
by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse (Ray Conniff instrumental version)
Ending theme "Remembering You"
by Roger Kellaway and Carroll O'Connor (Ray Conniff instrumental version)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 97 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Tandem Productions
The O'Connor-Becker Company
(1979-1980)
(season 1)
UGO Productions Inc.
(1980-1983)
(seasons 2-4)
Distributor PITS Films
(1984)
Embassy Telecommunications
(1984-1986)
Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television (Currently)
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23) – April 4, 1983 (1983-04-04)
Chronology
Preceded by All in the Family
Followed by Gloria
704 Hauser
Related shows Maude
The Jeffersons
Good Times
Checking In

Archie Bunker's Place is an American sitcom produced as a spin-off and continuation of All in the Family that aired on CBS from September 23, 1979 to April 4, 1983. While not as popular as its predecessor, the show maintained a large enough audience to last for four seasons, until its cancellation in 1983. In its first season, the show performed so well that it knocked Mork & Mindy out of its new Sunday night time slot (a year earlier, during its first season, Mork & Mindy had been the No. 3 show on television).

Background[edit]

Although the Bunker home continued to be featured, the last four seasons of All in the Family were primarily set in the titular neighborhood tavern in Astoria, Queens which Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) purchased in the series' eighth-season premiere. During the first season as Archie Bunker's Place, Bunker takes on a Jewish partner, Murray Klein (Martin Balsam), when co-owner Harry Snowden decides to sell his share of the business. Early in the first season, to increase business, Archie and Murray build a restaurant onto the bar; the additions include a separate seating area for the restaurant and a well-equipped kitchen with a service window. The regular patrons include Barney Hefner, Hank Pivnik, and Edgar Van Ranseleer.[1]

Archie Bunker's Place was the sounding board for Archie's views, support from his friends, and Murray's counterpoints. Later in the series, after Murray remarries and leaves for San Francisco, Archie finds a new business partner, Gary Rabinowitz (Barry Gordon), whose views were liberal, in contrast to Archie's political conservatism.

Characters[edit]

  • Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, a blue-collar worker whose ignorant stubbornness tends to cause his arguments to self-destruct. By the time of Archie Bunker's Place, however, the character has mellowed somewhat and is no longer as explicitly bigoted as he had been during All in the Family, even agreeing to go into business with Murray, who is Jewish, and becoming close friends with him.
  • Jean Stapleton continued to play Archie's wife Edith Bunker when Archie Bunker's Place premiered. The show featured Edith five times during the first 14 episodes of the first season, but Stapleton decided to leave the series late in 1979; her character was referred to but unseen during most of the 1979-1980 season. The writers and producers addressed Stapleton's departure in the Season 2 premiere, explaining that Edith had died of a stroke. Archie reflected on his wife's death and eventually began dating again.
  • Martin Balsam as Murray Klein (1979–1981). Murray was Archie's Jewish partner, who held liberal views similar to those of Archie's son-in-law Michael Stivic. Unlike Mike, Murray was much more tolerant and patient with Archie's views.
  • Danielle Brisebois as Stephanie Mills, the 10-year-old Jewish daughter of Edith's step-cousin, Floyd Mills. Archie and Edith take Stephanie in after her father, a chronic, unemployed drunk, abandoned her during the final season of All in the Family. Stephanie loved to sing and dance, and her talents were showcased in several episodes.
  • Celeste Holm as Estelle Harris (1981–1983), Stephanie's wealthy grandmother, who would often be at odds with Archie over his rearing of Stephanie.
  • Allan Melvin as Barney Hefner, one of Archie's best friends and a regular at the bar. Their friendship was first established in 1972 during an episode of All in the Family. He was then married to a woman named Mabel; after she died (somewhere around the 1975-1976 season), Barney married a friend of Edith's named Blanche (played by Estelle Parsons), some time around 1977. Blanche left Barney numerous times before the couple divorced in 1979, and Barney was ordered to pay alimony.
  • Danny Dayton as Hank Pivnik, another regular and good buddy of Archie's. He first appeared in 1976 on All in the Family. Hank disappeared with no explanation given after the 1979-1980 season.
  • Bill Quinn as Edgar Van Ranseleer[1] (a.k.a. "Mr. Van R"), a blind patron and regular at the bar. He was almost never referred to by his first name. His first appearance was in 1978 on All in the Family.
  • Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden, Archie's former business partner, who continued to work at the tavern as a bartender. Another holdover character from All in the Family, which Wingreen joined in 1976.
  • Abraham Alvarez and Joe Rosario as Jose Perez and Raoul Rosario, two Latin-American immigrants employed as assistant cooks at Archie's bar. Archie later learns they are illegal immigrants after they refuse to give a statement to police after having witnessed a mugging.
  • Anne Meara as Veronica Rooney (1979–1982), the cook at Archie Bunker's Place. She often made wisecracks and gave Archie a hard time. She insisted that Archie also hire her openly gay nephew Fred as a waiter to help him pay for law school. She was an alcoholic and privately pined to reconcile with her ex-husband, Carmine (who appeared in a few episodes and was played by Meara's real-life husband Jerry Stiller), but knew it wasn't going to happen. Meara appeared sporadically throughout the show's third season and left the show before the fourth and final season.
  • Dean Scofield (1979) as Fred Rooney, a gay waiter, and Veronica's nephew.
  • Barbara Meek as Ellen Canby (1980–1982). Ellen was a black housekeeper who was hired by Archie after Edith's death. She also took care of Stephanie, and helped keep Archie's tongue in check. Though Archie still harbored some prejudice toward black people by the time she arrived on the scene, he deeply respected Ellen and was grateful for the job she did in helping to raise Stephanie.
  • Denise Miller, who joined the cast in 1981 as Archie's 18-year-old niece, Barbara Lee "Billie" Bunker. Billie—who worked as a waitress at Archie Bunker's Place—was the daughter of Archie's estranged brother Fred (and sister of Linda, who appeared once on an episode of All in the Family). Her principal love interest was Gary Rabinowitz (see below).
  • Barry Gordon, another 1981 addition to the cast as Jewish lawyer and business manager Gary Rabinowitz. Gary quickly began dating Billie, who was 15 years younger than he was. Just like Mike Stivic and Murray Klein before him, Gary's liberal beliefs often contrasted with those of conservative Archie.
  • Sally Struthers returned as Archie's daughter Gloria Stivic for several episodes. In addition to the 1979 episode "Thanksgiving Reunion," Struthers returned in the 1982 two-part episode "Gloria Comes Home," where she returns home from California with her son, Joey after divorcing the Meathead (who had run off to a commune in Humboldt County, California, with an attractive co-ed). The character eventually moved on to her own spin-off series, Gloria. (Note: The original unaired pilot episode to the TV series, which begins with a short appearance by Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, was later repackaged as an Archie Bunker's Place episode.)

Production[edit]

Unlike All in the Family's first eight seasons, Archie Bunker's Place was not videotaped before a live audience, with the exception of a few select episodes (including "Thanksgiving Reunion").[verification needed] Instead, the show was shot on a closed set with multiple cameras, with the best takes being edited together utilizing a laugh track. The finished product was then shown to live audiences attending tapings of One Day at a Time, thus providing a laugh track from real laughter for the show.[verification needed]

Production of all seasons of Archie Bunker's Place took place at Studios 31 and 33 at CBS Television City in Hollywood,[citation needed] the original production home of All in the Family for that show's first six seasons.

The theme song for Archie Bunker's Place was a re-scored instrumental version by Ray Conniff of "Those Were the Days," the long-familiar opening theme to All in the Family. The closing theme, "Remembering You," was a re-scored version of All in the Family's closing theme. Both versions featured a Dixieland-styled arrangement. The opening credits featured a view of the Queensboro Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Queens, followed by shots taken along Steinway Street in Astoria.

Carroll O'Connor was frustrated over the cancellation when the show didn't have an appropriate closure. He vowed never to work in any type of show with CBS again, although he starred in In the Heat of the Night, which aired on CBS in that show's last two seasons and four TV films (the first five seasons aired on NBC).

The series was briefly rerun on TV Land in 2002 and 2003, including the unaired Gloria pilot. The last episode did air in a marathon along with the final episodes of All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Gloria.

Whereas All in the Family had been inspired by a British series, Till Death Us Do Part, Archie Bunker's Place would eventually inspire creator Johnny Speight to produce a sequel to the British series. In Sickness and in Health aired in the UK from 1985 to 1992. Several of the episodes were adapted from the American series.

Episodes[edit]

This is a list of episodes of the television series Archie Bunker's Place.

Series overview[edit]

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Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[2]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating Tied with
1 24 September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23) March 23, 1980 (1980-03-23) 11 22.9 N/A
2 20 November 2, 1980 (1980-11-02) May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10) 13 21.4 N/A
3 29 October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04) June 1, 1982 (1982-06-01)[a] 12 21.6 N/A
4 24 September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26) April 4, 1983 (1983-04-04) 22 18.3 That's Incredible!
  1. ^ Season 3 officially concluded on May 16, 1982, after which the intended pilot episode for Gloria was broadcast.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1979–80)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1
2
1
2
"Archie's New Partner" Paul Bogart Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)
Archie decides to expand his bar, Archie Bunker's Place, into a restaurant. In the meantime, Harry has decided to sell his half of the bar to Jewish liberal Murray Klein. Archie, being the bigot he is, tries in vain to get a loan to buy Harry out. Harry finalizes the sale of his half to Murray Klein, much to Archie's chagrin. However, Archie must come to grips with the fact that he has a new partner. Murray also discovers that there is more to Archie than his bigoted exterior.
3 3 "Edith Gets Hired" Paul Bogart Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss September 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)

Edith, who has been jobless since she got fired from the Sunshine Home, has gotten a job as recreational assistant at the Rego Park Center for the Mentally Ill. However, Archie has decided that he thinks that Edith should not be working.

Note: First of five appearances of Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker on the show.
4 4 "Archie and the Oldest Profession" Paul Bogart Bill Larkin & Milt Josefsberg October 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
Archie's Place has acquired a new regular customer, Dottie. However, Archie and Murray discover that she is a prostitute and is conducting her business at the bar. This is bad for the bar's image. How can they convince her to leave?
5 5 "Edith Versus the Energy Crisis" Paul Bogart Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss October 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)

The energy crisis has become a big problem. The bar is freezing cold and Edith has been preserving as much energy as possible at home as well. Soon, Archie is suffering as well, when the frigid conditions give him a case of strep throat.

Note: Second of five appearances of Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker on the show.
6 6 "Bosom Partners" Carroll O'Connor and Jon Sharp Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21)
Archie is in trouble with the State of New York when he is charged with non-payment of sales tax and questionable record keeping. Now it's up to Murray to save Archie and the bar by trying to romance the tax agent.
7 7 "Building the Restaurant" Bob LaHendro Story by : Milt Josefsberg
Teleplay by : Jerry Ross and Bill Larkin
October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)
Construction on the restaurant is underway, but the contractor Archie and Murray hired is demanding more money. Archie, who is determined that the restaurant will be a success, goes to a loan shark.
8 8 "The Cook" Lila Garrett Story by : Gail Liberti-Kennedy and Richard Baer
Teleplay by : Richard Baer and Milt Josefsberg
November 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
Archie and Murray hire short-order cook Veronica Rooney (Anne Meara), but she insists that her gay nephew be hired as waiter. Archie's strong feelings on homosexuality present a problem.
9 9 "Murray and the Liquor Board" Dick Martin Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss November 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
In a protest march against the use of napalm in Vietnam, Murray punched a cop. Although it has been pardoned, his "criminal record" may cost the bar its liquor license.
10
11
10
11
"Thanksgiving Reunion" Paul Bogart Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
November 18, 1979 (1979-11-18)

The Meathead and Gloria Stivic and little Joey come back to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bunkers. But the Meathead has got some devastating secrets to hide: He's been fired from his professor's job in Santa Barbara for participating in a nude protest of a nuclear power plant. This has put a further strain on the Stivics' already faltering marriage. The Stivics wonder how they will cope with the Meathead being jobless. The Meathead goes to Archie to air his grievances, and in a show of sympathy and support, he decides to loan him some money until he can find another job.

Note: This would be the final time that O'Connor, Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers would appear in-character onscreen together.
12 12 "Barney and the Hooker" Frank Corsaro Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf November 25, 1979 (1979-11-25)
Dottie (from episode No. 3) has been arrested for prostitution. Murray bails her out and talks Archie into hiring her as a waitress to try to keep her out of trouble. However, trouble finds her when now-divorcee Barney Hefner falls in love and proposes.
13 13 "Man of the Year" Carroll O'Connor and Jon Sharp George Balzer & Sam Perrin December 2, 1979 (1979-12-02)
An old high school buddy of Archie's (who is also a con man) comes to town to inform Archie that he has been elected Man of the Year.
14 14 "The Shabbat Dinner" Paul Bogart Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)

Edith and Stephanie are preparing a Shabbat dinner, a dinner eaten on the Jewish sabbath. They invite Archie's partner, Murray and his non-Jewish girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, Edith also invites his mother, who feels that Murray should only be dating Jewish women.

Note: Fifth and final appearance of Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker.
15 15 "Barney's Lawsuit" Lila Garrett Story by : Milt Josefsberg and Jerry Ross
Teleplay by : Jerry Ross
December 16, 1979 (1979-12-16)
When Barney's bar stool collapses while he is sitting on it, Archie is afraid he will try to sue.
16 16 "Blanche and Murray" Peter Bonerz Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf December 30, 1979 (1979-12-30)
Barney's ex-wife Blanche comes back to town, and is as sex-crazy as ever. She now goes after Murray, infuriating Barney.
17 17 "Murray's Daughter" Carroll O'Connor and Jon Sharp Carroll O'Connor and Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss January 6, 1980 (1980-01-06)

Murray's estranged daughter suddenly shows up with a Puerto Rican husband and children on the way.

Note: Murray's daughter is played by Martin Balsam's real-life daughter, Talia Balsam.
18 18 "The Ambush" Peter Bonerz Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf January 27, 1980 (1980-01-27)
The neighborhood has had a sudden rash of burglaries, and Archie and Murray are afraid the bar will be the next target.
19 19 "The Return of Sammy" Dick Martin Bill Larkin and Richard Baer February 3, 1980 (1980-02-03)

Archie's "old friend" Sammy Davis, Jr. is in town appearing on a talk show. Archie calls him up and invites him to the bar.

Note: This episode is a sequel of sorts to the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit."
20 20 "Archie Fixes Up Fred" Dick Martin Story by : Gail Liberti-Kennedy
Teleplay by : Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
February 10, 1980 (1980-02-10)
Customers have been complaining about Veronica's nephew, Fred the gay waiter, so Archie decides that he can convert him by setting him up on a date with a pretty girl.
21 21 "Father and Daughter Night" Dick Martin Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf February 17, 1980 (1980-02-17)
Murray steps in when Archie refuses to appear in the father and daughter talent show at Stephanie's school.
22 22 "Van Ranseleer's Operation" Joe Gannon Story by : Bill Larkin and Richard Baer
Teleplay by : Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
March 2, 1980 (1980-03-02)
When Archie and the guys at the bar read in the paper that there might be a cure for Mr. Van Ranseleer's blindness, they pool their efforts and money so he can have the operation.
23 23 "Veronica's Ex" Jon Sharp Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin March 9, 1980 (1980-03-09)
Veronica's ex-husband (Jerry Stiller) comes back to town, and Veronica falls for him all over again.
24 24 "A Small Mafia Favor" Alex March Story by : Nate Monaster
Teleplay by : Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin
March 23, 1980 (1980-03-23)
An old friend of Murray's comes to visit, but he's also a crime kingpin. When Murray unknowingly signals the death of a rival mob boss, Archie fears retaliation.

Season 2 (1980–81)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
25
26
1
2
"Archie Alone" Carroll O'Connor and Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink
Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen
November 2, 1980 (1980-11-02)
Archie struggles to cope with the death of his beloved wife, Edith. A month earlier, Edith had suffered a fatal stroke in her sleep. A stunned Archie rebuffs efforts from his friends to help him grieve. Archie's refusal to grieve over Edith's sudden death continues to take its toll on his friends and family ... until one day he happens to go into their bedroom and sees one of Edith's slippers.
27 3 "Home Again" Peter Bonerz Duncan Scott McGibbon November 9, 1980 (1980-11-09)
Due to painful memories of Edith's death, Archie considers selling the home and getting an apartment.
28 4 "Hiring the Housekeeper" Peter Bonerz Story by : Carroll O'Connor
Teleplay by : Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen
November 16, 1980 (1980-11-16)
Archie hires Ellen Canby, sister of his next door neighbor, as his new housekeeper.
29 5 "The Wildcat Strike" Mel Ferber Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink November 23, 1980 (1980-11-23)
A pushy new waitress encourages everyone to go on strike until Archie agrees to unionize.
30 6 "Veronica and the Health Inspector" Marlene Laird Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss November 30, 1980 (1980-11-30)
Veronica begins a whirlwind romance with the local health inspector, a man young enough to be her son.
31 7 "Murray's Wife" Joe Gannon Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss December 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)
When Murray and his ex-wife rekindle their relationship, she plans to turn the restaurant into an English pub. Murray soon realizes why they split up in the first place.
32 8 "The Camping Trip" Charlotte Brown Story by : Alan Rosen
Teleplay by : Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen
December 14, 1980 (1980-12-14)
Stephanie's club plans a camping trip, and Archie's been signed to chaperone without his knowledge.
33 9 "The Incident" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink December 21, 1980 (1980-12-21)
Archie punches a lodge member after he makes racial remarks about Mrs. Canby, his black housekeeper, during a confrontation at the grocery store. Archie must write him a written apology or face expulsion from the lodge.
34 10 "Custody: Part 1" Joe Gannon Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss January 4, 1981 (1981-01-04)
Stephanie's wealthy grandmother appears and sues Archie for custody.
35 11 "Custody: Part 2" Joe Gannon Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss January 11, 1981 (1981-01-11)
Archie fights for, and wins, legal custody of Stephanie.
36 12 "Barney the Gambler" Gary Shimokawa Duncan Scott McGibbon February 1, 1981 (1981-02-01)
Barney gets carried away and is in hot water when he hits a lucky streak betting on the horses.
37 13 "Murray Klein's Place" Gary Shimokawa Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen February 15, 1981 (1981-02-15)
Fed up with Archie not listening to his ideas, Murray wants to end their partnership.
38 14 "Weekend Away" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink February 22, 1981 (1981-02-22)
Archie and Murray go off to a convention. Murray soon finds himself tied up and robbed by a woman he invites over to the room.
39 15 "Stephanie's Science Project" Joe Gannon Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat March 8, 1981 (1981-03-08)
Archie tricks the bar's regulars into helping construct Stephanie's science project.
40 16 "Tough Love" Linda Day Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss March 15, 1981 (1981-03-15)
When Veronica's drinking gets out of control and even interferes with her work, Archie must take drastic measures.
41 17 "The Trashing of the Temple" Linda Day Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen March 29, 1981 (1981-03-29)
Stephanie's temple is the latest in a string of vandalisms, leading a frightened Archie to withdraw her.
42 18 "La Cage Aux Bunker" Gary Shimokawa Story by : Carroll O'Connor
Teleplay by : Duncan Scott McGibbon
April 5, 1981 (1981-04-05)
Archie reluctantly takes Stephanie's music teacher on a date in a bid to get her into the school chorus.
43 19 "Death of a Saint" Joe Gannon Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss May 3, 1981 (1981-05-03)
Murray's mother dies while he is on a date with his fiance, leaving him with a guilty conscience.
44 20 "Goodbye, Murray" Joe Gannon Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10)
Murray and his fiance marry and move to California.

Season 3 (1981–82)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
45 1 "Billie" Linda Day Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)
Archie's niece Billie shows up with a story too sad for Archie to resist.
46 2 "The Business Manager" Joe Gannon Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)
When the restaurant is in financial ruin due to Archie's lackluster business sense, his lawyer hires him a business manager, against Archie's strong objections.
47 3 "The Date" Gary Shimokawa Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen October 11, 1981 (1981-10-11)
Billie accepts a date with Archie's accountant to get under Archie's skin because of his over-protectiveness.
48 4 "Norma Rae Bunker" Gary Shimokawa Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat October 18, 1981 (1981-10-18)
In an effort to make a little extra money, Mrs. Canby gets a job from home folding clothes for a sweatshop. When she is cheated out of half her pay, Archie goes to bat for her.
49 5 "Harry's Investment" Charlotte Brown Story by : Bruce Gilbert and Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
Teleplay by : Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss
October 25, 1981 (1981-10-25)
Archie wants Harry to buy back Murray's share of the bar. Both Harry's wife and Archie are upset to learn Harry invested in McFeeney's, a competitor (and topless) bar and grill.
50 6 "Three's a Crowd" Linda Day Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat November 8, 1981 (1981-11-08)
When Archie goes to dinner with Barney and his date, she has eyes for Archie instead. Archie feels the same way, but is hesitant so soon after losing Edith.
51 7 "Happy Birthday, Stephanie" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink November 15, 1981 (1981-11-15)
Archie objects to Stephanie going to a rock concert after Billie gives her the tickets for her birthday.
52 8 "Growing Up Is Hard to Do: Part 1" Joe Gannon Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss November 29, 1981 (1981-11-29)
Tensions rise when Stephanie's father reappears in the days leading up to her Bat Mitzvah.
53 9 "Growing Up Is Hard to Do: Part 2" Joe Gannon Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss December 6, 1981 (1981-12-06)
Tensions reach a boiling point when Archie catches Stephanie's father stealing her Bat Mitzvah money.
54 10 "Stephanie's Dance" Linda Day Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink December 20, 1981 (1981-12-20)
Archie must accept the fact that Stephanie is growing up when she attends her first school dance.
55 11 "The Photo Contest" Joe Gannon Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss December 27, 1981 (1981-12-27)
Stephanie enters some candid photos of Archie in a photography contest.
56 12 "Stephanie's Tryout" Linda Day Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss January 10, 1982 (1982-01-10)
Stephanie hopes to make the school baseball team.
57 13 "The Night Visitor" Linda Day Andy Borowitz January 17, 1982 (1982-01-17)
When he becomes homeless. Raoul spends nights in the storeroom, leading everyone to believe they're the victims of petty thieves.
58 14 "Reggie, 3; Archie, 0" Gary Shimokawa Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen January 24, 1982 (1982-01-24)
Archie buys a used pickup truck for the restaurant, and José backs it into Reggie Jackson's Rolls Royce.
59 15 "Blind Man's Bluff" Joe Gannon Story by : Ron Allen Thompson and Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
Teleplay by : Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss
January 31, 1982 (1982-01-31)
Blind Mr. Van Ranseleer is mugged by a customer at the bar who overhears Van Ranseleer is carrying a sum of money on him. It's now up to Archie and the staff to help him get out of his apartment when he becomes fearful of being attacked again.
60 16 "A Blast from the Past" Gary Shimokawa Andy Borowitz February 7, 1982 (1982-02-07)
Archie wants Billie to date her ex-boyfriend. Billie decides to use Gary as a way to turn her ex-boyfriend away, telling him she and Gary are dating.
61 17 "Sex and the Single Parent" Linda Day Story by : Jill Gordon and Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink
Teleplay by : Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink
February 21, 1982 (1982-02-21)
Old world Archie refuses to let Stephanie participate in her school's sex education program, until he overhears a conversation between Stephanie, Billie and one of Stephanie's friends.
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63
18
19
"Gloria Comes Home" Carroll O'Connor and Gary Shimokawa Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss February 28, 1982 (1982-02-28)
Gloria and Joey return home. Archie learns Gloria left the Meathead because he joined a commune in California, where he was living with other women. Gloria is determined to make it on her own. Archie has mixed emotions when Gloria announces she has found work as a veterinary assistant and will be moving into a place of her own. This episode sets up the spin-off Gloria.
64 20 "Of Mice and Bunker" Nick Havinga Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen March 7, 1982 (1982-03-07)
Archie takes on a new partner (Joe Mantegna) who has plans to squeeze Archie out of his ownership of the bar.
65 21 "Relapse" Linda Day Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss March 14, 1982 (1982-03-14)
Veronica's ex-husband returns and urges Veronica to start drinking again after a year of sobriety.
66 22 "Love Is Hell" Gary Shimokawa Lewis Colick March 21, 1982 (1982-03-21)
A boy Stephanie likes has a crush on her cousin Billie instead of her.
67 23 "The Second Time Around" Gabrielle Beaumont Jeffrey Ferro & Fredric Weiss March 28, 1982 (1982-03-28)
Katherine Logan (from the earlier episode "Three's Company") drops by at the bar, and a romantic relationship between her and Archie ensues (complicated, at first, by bad advice Barney gives Archie).
68 24 "West Side Astoria" Tony Singletary Andy Borowitz April 4, 1982 (1982-04-04)
Katherine invites Archie to supper with her parents, which turns into a disaster when they meet prejudiced Archie.
69 25 "Billie Moves Out" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink April 25, 1982 (1982-04-25)
Billie is tired of Archie over-protecting her so she moves in with a secret roommate — Gary Rabinowitz.
70 26 "Rabinowitz's Brother" Linda Day Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen May 2, 1982 (1982-05-02)
Archie fires Gary as his business manager, but soon learns to regret it when Gary is replaced by his brother Barry.
71 27 "Death of a Lodger" Carroll O'Connor and Gary Shimokawa Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat May 9, 1982 (1982-05-09)
Barney takes in a cranky and overbearing border to help pay some bills.
72 28 "The Battle of Bunker III" Nick Havinga Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat May 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
Stephanie becomes very jealous as Archie's relationship with Katherine progresses.
73 29 "Gloria: The First Day" Paul Bogart Patt Shea & Harriett Weiss and Joe Gannon June 1, 1982 (1982-06-01)

Archie appears at the beginning of this episode in which he drives Gloria and Joey to their new place. Gloria finds out she has a lot to learn to be a veterinary assistant, but Dr. Adams is willing to help her along.

Note: This episode was intended to be the pilot for the related series Gloria.

Season 4 (1982–83)[edit]

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series
No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
74 1 "Archie's Night Out" Nick Havinga Stephen A. Miller September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26)
Archie reluctantly goes to a singles bar with Barney and Mr. Van Ranseleer, who picks up a lady.
75 2 "Gary's Ex" Will Mackenzie Mark Fink October 3, 1982 (1982-10-03)
Gary's ex-girlfriend visits and demands attention from him, upsetting Billie.
76 3 "The Eyewitnesses" Gary Shimokawa Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat October 10, 1982 (1982-10-10)
José and Raoul witness a mugging behind the restaurant but are afraid to come forward because they are illegal aliens.
77 4 "Double Date" Joe Gannon Mara Lideks October 17, 1982 (1982-10-17)
Archie won't let Stephanie go on a date, so Billie agrees to go along with Gary and make it a double date so Stephanie can go out.
78 5 "From the Waldorf to Astoria" Gary Shimokawa Stephen Schneck & Marley Sims October 24, 1982 (1982-10-24)
When José's artistic talents come out, they hold an art show in the bar.
79 6 "Stay Out of My Briefs" Gary Shimokawa Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen October 31, 1982 (1982-10-31)
Billie gets a job as Gary's new secretary.
80 7 "Break a Leg, Stephanie" Linda Day Richard Freiman November 7, 1982 (1982-11-07)
Stephanie hopes to attend an exclusive music school, but Archie is reluctant to let her do so.
81 8 "Archie Gets a Head" Gary Shimokawa Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan November 21, 1982 (1982-11-21)
Archie wants his own bathroom in the basement; the contractors are too expensive, so he hires José and Raul to do the job.
82 9 "Barney Gets Laid Off" Linda Day David Angell November 28, 1982 (1982-11-28)
Billie talks Archie into giving unemployed Barney a job at the bar, which they soon regret. Barney's employment at the bar soon turns into disaster, and Archie must find a way to tell Barney he's fired.
83 10 "Marriage on the Rocks" Alan Myerson Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat December 12, 1982 (1982-12-12)
Harry's wife kicks him out of the house, so Archie offers him his date.
84 11 "Father Christmas" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller December 19, 1982 (1982-12-19)
Billie is bitter when her estranged father comes for a Christmas visit, until she finds out the real reason her mother left.
85 12 "Teacher's Pet" Joe Gannon Bob Rosenfarb December 26, 1982 (1982-12-26)
Billie's philosophy teacher makes passes at her.
86 13 "Captain Video" Alan Myerson Story by : Stephen A. Miller & Mark Fink
Teleplay by : Stephen Schneck & Marley Sims
January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02)
Lonely Barney enlists the help of a video dating service.
87 14 "The Promotion" Nick Havinga Mara Lideks January 9, 1983 (1983-01-09)
After using CPR to save his uncle's life, Gary is considered for partnership in the family law firm.
88 15 "Three Women" Joe Gannon Lou Messina & Diane Messina Stanley January 16, 1983 (1983-01-16)
Stephanie expresses her anger about the fact that her grandmother refuses to discuss her deceased mother.
89 16 "Relief Bartender" Alan Bergmann Story by : Alan Rosen & Fred Rubin
Teleplay by : David Angell
January 23, 1983 (1983-01-23)
Archie reluctantly hires a woman bartender to help out Harry, but when he fires her unfairly, she files a discrimination lawsuit. Gary advises Archie to give her the job back.
90 17 "The Red Herring" Gary Shimokawa Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat January 30, 1983 (1983-01-30)
Archie is shocked and angered when he finds out his close friend, Mr. Van Ranseleer, may have been a member of the communist party.
91 18 "The Boys' Night Out" Oz Scott Mark Fink February 13, 1983 (1983-02-13)
The boys' night out for Archie, Barney and Harry could turn into one of the wrong kind once they get caught in a gay nightclub.
92 19 "I Can Manage" Oz Scott Fred Rubin February 20, 1983 (1983-02-20)
Archie falls hard for a woman he meets at a restaurant convention, unaware that she is married.
93 20 "Store Wars" Carroll O'Connor and Gary Shimokawa Alan Rosen February 27, 1983 (1983-02-27)
Murray returns to recoup his investment in the bar. Archie gives him a hard luck story, and Murray allows Archie six more months to get his share of the bar sold.
94 21 "Bunker Madness" Linda Day Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat March 13, 1983 (1983-03-13)
Stephanie is using marijuana to fit in with her friends. When Archie finds the drug in his basement, he hits the ceiling and Billie takes the blame for Stephanie. Stephanie tells Archie the truth when he finds some boys smoking upstairs in the bathroom at her party.
95 22 "No One Said It Was Easy" Alan Rosen Joe Gannon March 27, 1983 (1983-03-27)
When depressed Gary has a bout with alcoholism, Billie is torn about whether or not to continue her relationship with him.
96 23 "Small Claims Court" Gary Shimokawa Stephen A. Miller March 28, 1983 (1983-03-28)
Barney and Archie square off in court over a TV that Archie purchased from Barney at an electronics store and that Barney accidentally broke while installing at the bar.
97 24 "I'm Torn Here" Gail Liberti-Kennedy Story by : Fred Rubin & Alan Rosen
Teleplay by : Fred Rubin
April 4, 1983 (1983-04-04)
Gary is jealous when he learns his old school rival (Joe Penny) is dating his ex-girlfriend Billie. Gary tells her he would like to start dating her again, but she wants them to remain just friends.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spelling according to the end credits of All in the Family, episode 186.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1689-1690. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Rank Rating
1) 1979–1980 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3-10, 12-24)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 2, 11)
#11 22.9
2) 1980–1981 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3-20)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episode 2)
#13 21.4
3) 1981–1982 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1, 3-19, 21-29)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 2, 20)
#12 21.6
4) 1982–1983 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1-22)
Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 23-24)
#22t 18.3

Notable episodes[edit]

The series' most notable episode among critics was "Archie Alone," which originally aired November 2, 1980 as a one-hour special to open the second season of the series. In that episode, viewers learn that Edith had died of a stroke a month earlier (Jean Stapleton had resigned from her role), and Archie is unable to grieve. His refusal to let go of his emotions takes its toll on Stephanie, until one day Archie finds a single slipper of Edith's (overlooked when friends came to collect her clothes for charity) in the bedroom. Holding the shoe, Archie laments aloud that Edith slipped away before he could tell her he loved her, and finally breaks down and cries. Later, after a talk with Stephanie, he agrees to take her to visit Edith's grave, fulfilling the request Stephanie had made to Archie at the beginning of the episode. The British TV series In Sickness and in Health, the continuation of Till Death Us Do Part on which All in the Family was based, had a similar episode in which Edith's British counterpart, Else Garnett, had died from natural causes. This was not a case of one series copying another; both series were forced to write these deaths due to unexpected departures by the actresses (Stapleton's resignation and Dandy Nichols's death).

The final gathering of the Bunkers and Stivics
Thanksgiving Reunion

The first-season episode "Thanksgiving Reunion" marked the final time the original ensemble from All in the Family—O'Connor, Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner—appeared together. In that episode, Mike announces that he has lost his job as a college professor after his participation in a nude protest of a proposed nuclear power plant becomes public. This puts a further strain on his already troubled marriage to Gloria (who at the episode's end lets it slip to Archie that Mike participated only because Gloria didn't want to march alone), and foreshadows the Stivics' divorce.

Another notable episode was "The Return of Sammy," when Sammy Davis Jr. comes to the bar and restaurant after Archie calls up his talk show. He, like Murray, is surprised that Archie has a Jewish niece. Later, when Sammy chokes on some food, Archie uses the Heimlich maneuver to save Sammy's life. At the end of the episode, Archie kisses Sammy, just the opposite of what happened in the parent show's episode "Sammy's Visit."

In a special 1982 episode, which aired immediately after the Super Bowl, baseball superstar Reggie Jackson almost sues Archie, but decides not to when Jackson realizes the bad press would hurt his career.

Later, comedian Don Rickles guest-starred as a crusty boarder named Al Snyder, who rented a room from Archie's friend and neighbor Barney, whose wife Blanche had left him sometime earlier. Highlights of this episode are exchanges combining Rickles' insult humor and his character's curmudgeonly disposition with Archie's sincere but misguided efforts to resolve disputes between Snyder and Barney. Eventually, the Rickles character is exhausted by the constant chatter and decides to rest. The Rickles character drifts off to sleep and dies. The episode ends with Barney pondering whether he'll wind up like Mr. Snyder: "Sore at the world, 'cause I'm all alone."

Home media[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released The Complete First Season of Archie Bunker's Place on DVD in North America on January 31, 2006.

On August 27, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the home media rights to various television series from the Sony Pictures library including Archie Bunker's Place.[1] On July 7, 2015, Mill Creek re-released the first season on DVD.[2]


Cultural references[edit]

"Eulogy and Tavern," the 12th chapter (Chapter 4, Part 3) of Jonathan Lethem's novel Dissident Gardens, is set within the world of the television show. One of the book's main characters, Rose, begins frequenting a bar called Kelcy's on Northern Boulevard near her home in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, where she befriends the owner, Archie Bunker, and eventually tries to seduce him with her old Communist rhetoric. ("Your lifelong dream, Archie, only you don't know it. Hump a hot Red.") The chapter includes appearances by series-regulars Barney Hefner, Hank Pivnik, Edgar Van Ranseleer, Harry Snowden and Stephanie Mills.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mill Creek Entertainment Signs Deals With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment To Expand Their Distribution Partnership". Tvshowsondvd.com. 2013-08-27. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ 'Season 1' is Getting Re-Release to DVD by Mill Creek Archived 2015-05-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Lethem, Jonathan. Dissident Gardens, Vintage Paperback 2013, pp. 261-278

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