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 All in the Family - The Complete First Season

 All in the Family - The Complete Second Season

 All In the Family: The Complete Third Season

 All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season

 All in the Family - The Complete Fifth Season

 All in the Family - The Complete Sixth Season

 All In The Family Cast - Framed 8x10 Photograph with a Piece of the Hollywood Sign

 Archie & Edith, Mike & Gloria: The Tumultuous History of All in the Family


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: January 12, 1971

Last Telecast: September 21, 1983

Theme Music: "Those Were The Days" by Strouse and Adams, sung at the opening of each show by Archie & Edith until 1979, replaced by an instrumental version after that
Producer: Norman Lear

Broadcast History:

January 1971-July 1971, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

September 1971-September 1975, Saturday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

September 1975-September 1976, Monday 9:00-9:30 on CBS

September 1976-October 1976, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 on CBS

November 1976-September 1977, Saturday 9:00-9:30 on CBS

October 1977-October 1978, Sunday 9:00-9:30 on CBS

October 1978-March 1983, Sunday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

March 1983-May 1983, Monday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

May 1983, Sunday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

June 1983, Monday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

June 1983-September 1983, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 on CBS


Archie Bunker..... Carroll O'Connor

Edith Bunker (1971-1980)..... Jean Stapleton

Gloria Bunker Stivic (1971-1978)..... Sally Struthers

Mike Stivic (1971-1978)..... Rob Reiner

Lionel Jefferson (1971-1975)..... Mike Evans

Louise Jefferson (1971-1975)..... Isabel Sanford

Henry Jefferson (1971-1975)..... Mel Stewart

George Jefferson (1973-1975)..... Sherman Hemsley

Irene Lorenzo (1973-1975)..... Betty Garrett

Frank Lorenzo (1973-1974)..... Vincent Gardenia

Bert Munson (1972-1973)..... Billy Halop

Tommy Kelsey (1972-1973)..... Brendon Dillon

Tommy Kelsey (1973-1977)..... Bob Hastings

Justin Quigley (1973-1976)..... Burt Mustin

Barney Hefner (1973-1983)..... Allan Melvin

Jo Nelson (1973-1975)..... Ruth McDevitt

Stretch Cunningham (1974)..... James Cromwell

Maude Findlay..... Bea Arthur

Joey..... Jason & Justin Draeger

Teresa Betancourt (1976-1977)..... Liz Torres

Stephanie Mills (1978-1983)..... Danielle Brisebois

Harry Snowden (197-1983)..... Jason Wingreen

Hank Pivnik (1977-1981)..... Danny Dayton

Murray Klein (1979-1981)..... Martin Balsam

Mr. Van Ranseleer (1978-1983)..... Bill Quinn

Veronica Rooney (1979-1982)..... Anne Meara

Jose (1979-1983)..... Abraham Alvarez

Linda (1980-1981)..... Heidi Hagman

Raoul (1980-1983)..... Joe Rosario

Ellen Canby (1980-1982)..... Barbara Meek

Polly Swanson (1980-1981)..... Janet MacLachlan

Ed Swanson (1980-1981)..... Mel Bryant

Billie Bunker (1981-1983)..... Denise Miller

Gary Rabinowitz (1981-1983)..... Barry Gordon

Bruce (1982-1983)..... Bob Okazaki

Marsha (1982-1983)..... Jessica Nelson


All In The Family changed the course of television comedy. It brought a sense of harsh reality to a TV world which previously had been populated largely by homogenized, inoffensive characters and stories that seemed to have been laundered before they ever got on the air.

It's chief character, Archie Bunker, was anything but bland. A typical working-class Joe, he was uneducated, prejudiced, and blatantly outspoken. He was constantly lambasting virtually every minority group in existence. His view on blacks (or, as he often called them, "jungle bunnies" or "spades"), Puerto Ricans ("spics"), Chinese ("chinks"), and any other racial or religious group not his own, were clear and consistent. Archie believed in every negative racial and ethnic stereotype he had ever heard.

Unfortunately, he could never get away from the people he despised. Archie was a dock foreman for the Prendergast Tool & Die Company, and he had to work with a racially mixed group of people. Next door to his house at 704 Houser Street, in the Corona section of Queens, New York, lived a black family, the Jefferson's. His daughter, Gloria, had married a "Pole". On top of it all, Archie, the bigoted arch-conservative, even had to share is house with his egghead liberal son-in-law, Mike Stivic. (Mike was studying for his degree in sociology, and so was unemployed). Completing the Bunker household was  Archie's slow-witted but honest and unprejudiced wife was Edith.

The Jefferson family next door consisted of Louise, one of Edith's closest friends, her husband George, who ran a small dry-cleaning store, and their son Lionel, a close friend of Mike's. Lionel loved to come to the Bunker house to tease Archie about his prejudices, while George Jefferson's brother Henry, who was as opinionated from the black point of view as Archie was from the white, also provided conflict.

Over the years, changes took place. Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, played by Bea Arthur, appeared in several episodes, provoking Archie with her loud, liberal opinions. She got her own show, Maude, in 1972. The Jefferson's moved away to Manhattan and into their own show, The Jefferson's, early in 1975, whereupon Mike, who had finally graduated from college, moved into their old house. This allowed Mike to continue to torment Archie, but as a next-door neighbor. Then Gloria became pregnant; the baby, Joey, was born in December, 1975. The Lorenzo's, an Italian couple, moved in as neighbors for a while. Frank Lorenzo loved to clean and cook (woman's work according to Archie) while his wife Irene was an accomplished fixer of anything mechanical. Irene also possessed a sarcastic wit, with which she put down Archie regularly. When Archie was temporarily laid off from his job in October 1976, the Bunkers were forced to take in a Puerto Rican boarder, Teresa Betancourt, which provided still another source of irritation.

The 1977-1978 season brought a major change to All In The Family. In the opening three-part story, Archie gave up his job to pursue the American dream of owning his own business. Along with Harry the bartender, he purchased Kelsey's Bar from an ailing Tommy Kelsey and reopened it as Archie's Place. This season included episodes with some very adult themes, including one in which an intruder attempted to rape Edith. Then at the end of the season, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers announced they were leaving All In The Family for their ventures of their own. The final episode of the season saw Mike, Gloria & little Joey moving to California where Mike was going to take a teaching position. The episode was a tearful and sentimental goodbye, leaving Archie and Edith with an "empty nest". Temporarily, as it turned out, for in the fall of 1978, Archie and Edith were joined by little Stephanie Mills, a niece who had been abandoned by her father.

During the 1979-1980 season, the program grew even further away from the original format, as the action shifted to Archie's bar. Edith was seen only infrequently - Jean Stapleton, feeling that she had exhausted the potential of her character, wished to be phased out of the series. New regulars were introduced at the bar, as Archie expanded it to include a short-order restaurant and took on a Jewish partner named Murray Klein. Murray's liberal intellectual background was a sharp contrast to, and sometimes in sharp conflict with, Archie's views. The ethnic mix at Archie's Place included Veronica, the sardonic Irish cook; Jose, the Puerto Rican busboy and a wide variety of customers. Coincident with these changes, in the fall of 1979, the name of the series was changed to Archie Bunker's Place.

Then came a development which in the early days of the series would have seemed unthinkable. Edith died suddenly, of a stroke. This  was not treated directly; rather, in the premiere episode of the 1980-1981 season, Archie and Stephanie - whom the Bunkers had adopted - were seen grieving over Edith's unexpected death. Life did go on, however, and Archie hired a black housekeeper, Ellen Canby, to help look after his niece. Mrs. Canby was the sister-in-law of one of his neighbors, Polly Swanson. With Edith gone, Archie gingerly moved into the dating scene, for the first time in more than 25 years.

In the spring of 1981, Archie took over sole operation of the bar when Murray moved to San Francisco with his new wife (Martin Balsam had grown tired of his limited role in the series and wanted to bow out). That fall, without the business expertise of his now-absentee partner, Archie got financial help from young lawyer/business manager Gary Rabinowitz. Gary's involvement was more than strictly business, however, since he was dating Archie's 18-year-old niece Billie. She had arrived at the start of the season on a visit, only to become a permanent member of the Bunker household and a waitress at Archie's Place.

Throughout all of these changes, All In The Family remained one of the top hits on television. It did not begin that way, however. It took 1971 audiences several months to adjust to the blunt, outrageous humor of the show. There was considerable publicity about Archie's railings against "spics and spades" and it seemed possible that the show might be cancelled. But by the summer of 1971, All In The Family had become a controversial hit, and the #1-rated show on television - a position it retained for 5 years. Part of its appeal was based on the fact that it could be interpreted in several different ways. Liberals and intellectuals could site it as an example of the absurdity of prejudice, while another large segment of the viewing audience could agree with Archie's attitudes and enjoy him as their kind of guy. Like the Honeymooners' Ralph Kramden in the 1950's, the loudmouthed yet vulnerable Archie Bunker was a man for all audiences.

All In The Family was based on the British series, Till Death Us Do Part.

CBS telecast reruns of All In The Family weekdays from December 1975 to September 1979 and in prime time during the summer of 1991, in the latter instance paired with Norman Lear's new (and decidedly less successful) series Sunday Dinner. Selected reruns also surfaced in prime time in January 1992.