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All in the Family is a situation comedy that revolves around the constantly changing world of Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), a dockworker who lives in Queens, New York, with his wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), his daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and Gloria's husband, Mike "Meathead" Stivic (Rob Reiner). Archie is a conservative, patriotic American who holds prejudicial assumptions anyone who has a different race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or culture. Mike, a college student living with the Bunkers until he and Gloria can afford to make ends meet, dislikes his prejudiced behavior and constantly challenges his assumptions, which usually results in a heated debate. Gloria usually takes Mike's side in an argument, while Edith is usually told by Archie to "stifle" her opinions. Archie's favorite bar is Kelcy's, which he eventually purchases after its owner retires.

The Bunkers lived next door to an African-American family, the Jeffersons. Lionel (Mike Evans), Mike's African-American friend. While Mike confronts Archie's prejudices directly and stridently, Lionel takes a different approach, having seen the effects of bigotry from both sides. His father, George (Sherman Hemsley), the owner of a dry cleaning firm, dislikes white people, while his mother, Louise (Isabel Sanford), is much more tolerant and, much to Archie's dismay, becomes friends with Edith. When George's business becomes a success, the Jeffersons moved to a Manhattan high-rise and were spun-off into their own series.

Produced by Norman Lear, the sitcom was one of the first to incorporate then-current hot-button issues into its storylines. In its nine-season run on CBS from 1971 to 1979, individual episodes dealt with racial prejudice, homosexuality, poverty, menopause, cancer, labor disputes and sexual assault. While the show saw low ratings as a mid-season replacement, it won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, which increased viewers' interest. The following season, it became the number one TV series in the United States, a position it held for five consecutive seasons. The show also spawned several spin-offs, notably "Maude" and "The Jeffersons," while "Maude" also spawned "Good Times."

CBS
9 Seasons, 209 Episodes - Canceled
January 12, 1971
Comedy
8.4/10
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  • Archie is hurt and outraged when Edith tries to hide a serious illness from him after trying to prepare a St. Patricks day party at the bar.

  • Stephanie's father, Floyd, finally arrives with a devastating proposition for the Bunkers: They can keep Stephanie if they agree to pay him one thousand dollars cash.

  • Archie hits the roof when Edith rents out the old Jefferson house to a black couple.

  • Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.

  • Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.

  • Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.

  • Edith loses her job at the Sunshine Home after she honors an invalid woman's final wish to be allowed to die with dignity.

  • Archie is forced to reevaluate his religious prejudice after Stephanie tries to conceal the fact that she's Jewis

  • Archie's brother, Fred, arrives with his latest wife -- a child bride of eighteen .

  • Barney Hefner is suicidal after Blanche finally deserts him, until Archie fixes him up with an overweight but wealthy widow.

  • The Bunkers are at odds over Stephanie's punishment when they catch her stealing petty items from around the house and from her favorite teacher.

  • Edith and Archie rush Stephanie to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.

  • Edith meets butcher Klemmer's new sweetheart, a woman who just happens to be her spitting image.

  • When Edith develops laryngitis on the eve of her singing debut at Stephanie's PTA recital, Archie steps in to understudy the duet.

  • The Bunkers discover Mike and Gloria are seperated, and plan on getting a divorce.

  • Mike's bad back forces the Stivics to cancel their trip home for Christmas , the Bunkers decide to travel west for the holidays.

  • Edith is arrested for passing phony ten-dollar bills she got from Archie's Place during Christmas time.

  • Edith finally confronts the waitress who tempted Archie's fidelity after Harry unwittingly hires her to work at Archie's Place.

  • Edith is refused credit when she tries to buy a television set for Archie, then encounters a problem taking out a loan.

  • While away at an American Legion convention, a joking Pinky Peterson plays a prank on Archie, having a black airline stewardess slip into bed with him.

  • Once again, Archie and Edith try to preserve peace between Barney Hefner and his extremely wayward wife

  • Edith decides to pay final respects to her Aunt Rose, who scorned the Bunkers' marriage, and becomes the only mourner at the wake.

  • Archie and Edith are divided over Stephanie's future with them; he wants the child out, while she has other ideas.

  • The Bunkers attempt to reunite Blanche and Barney Hefner after her latest fling with an exterminator fizzles

  • A spot on his liver leads Archie to believe that he's dying, so he suddenly turns into a calmer, gentler human being.

  • Edith's cousin Floyd abandons his nine-year-old daughter, Stephanie, on the Bunkers' doorstep.

  • The Bunker house is the scene of tearful good-byes as Mike and Gloria finally leave for California.

  • Mike tries to choose between a farewell dinner Edith has planned and a social meeting with his new boss.

  • Mike and Gloria prepare to move to California, but circumstances temporarily place them back with the Bunkers.

  • After a hostile silence of 29 years, Archie and his brother are reunited, rekindling a sibling rivalry.

  • Mike and Gloria are sure the romance has gone out of their marriage when even a weekend in the Pocono's fails to re-ignite the spark.

  • After being accidentally locked in the saloon's storeroom, Archie and Mike share a bottle of brandy and vent hostilities.

  • The neighborhood butcher reacts to Edith's many kindnesses by falling for her

  • Much to Archie's discomfort, Edith's Aunt Iola comes to visit, and he fears that she may plan to stay permanently.

  • On Super Bowl Sunday, Archie anticipates great business at his bar, but unfortunately so do two robbers.

  • Edith is chosen to do a TV commercial for a detergent, but can't bring herself to praise the product.

  • Family members try to get Edith to reconsider after she renounces her faith in God because of the murder of Beverly LaSalle.

  • Edith's religious faith is shaken after her friend Beverly LaSalle is brutally murdered by thugs at Christmas.

  • In a flashback, Mike and Gloria recall their first date, which was arranged by her friend Debbie.

  • Archie thinks up a plan to prevent the Klan members from burning a cross on Mike and Gloria's lawn.

  • Archie unwittingly joins an ultra-patriotic group whose next target for harassment is Mike.

  • A despondent Archie retreats to his bedroom, until Harry offers to bail him out with a partnership offer for the bar.

  • Archie takes a few pep pills to keep pace with the increased demands of running his own business and becomes addicted.

  • Archie enlists the services of his family to help with his bars grand opening after being deserted by Harry and his friends.

  • Edith ruins Archie's weekend fishing trip when she stages a wedding in the Bunker's living room for an elderly couple.

  • Edith escapes her rapist, but now refuses to press charges against him.

  • Edith misses her birthday party when a rapist holds her at gunpoint in her own living room.

  • Archie hopes for an inheritance from Edith's late cousin, whose roommate, it turns out, was more than a friend.

  • Archie, desperate to realize his personal dream and buy Kelcy's Bar, forges Edith's signature on the mortgage papers.

  • Archie, desperate to realize his personal dream and buy Kelcy's Bar, forges Edith's signature on the mortgage papers.

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