All in the Family

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  • TV-PG
  • 1971
  • 9 Seasons
  • 8.3  (15,125)

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."

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Too Good Edith
27. Too Good Edith
April 8, 1979
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.
The Return of Stephanie's Father
26. The Return of Stephanie's Father
March 25, 1979
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.
The Family Next Door
25. The Family Next Door
March 11, 1979
Archie hits the roof when Edith rents out the old Jefferson house to a black couple.
All in the Family Retrospective (3)
24. All in the Family Retrospective (3)
March 4, 1979
Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.
All in the Family Retrospective (2)
23. All in the Family Retrospective (2)
March 4, 1979
Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.
All in the Family Retrospective (1)
22. All in the Family Retrospective (1)
March 4, 1979
Norman Lear hosts an affectionate look at the high points of his ground-breaking TV series.
Edith Gets Fired
21. Edith Gets Fired
February 25, 1979
Edith loses her job at the Sunshine Home after she honors an invalid woman's final wish to be allowed to die with dignity.
Stephanie's Conversation
20. Stephanie's Conversation
February 18, 1979
Archie is forced to reevaluate his religious prejudice after Stephanie tries to conceal the fact that she's Jewis
The Return of Archie's Brother
19. The Return of Archie's Brother
February 11, 1979
Archie's brother, Fred, arrives with his latest wife -- a child bride of eighteen .
Barney, the Gold Digger
18. Barney, the Gold Digger
February 4, 1979
Barney Hefner is suicidal after Blanche finally deserts him, until Archie fixes him up with an overweight but wealthy widow.
Stephanie and the Crime Wave
17. Stephanie and the Crime Wave
January 28, 1979
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.
The Appendectomy
16. The Appendectomy
January 21, 1979
Edith and Archie rush Stephanie to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy.
A Girl Like Edith
15. A Girl Like Edith
January 14, 1979
Edith meets butcher Klemmer's new sweetheart, a woman who just happens to be her spitting image.
A Night at the PTA
14. A Night at the PTA
January 7, 1979
When Edith develops laryngitis on the eve of her singing debut at Stephanie's PTA recital, Archie steps in to understudy the duet.
California, Here We Are (2)
13. California, Here We Are (2)
December 17, 1978
The Bunkers discover Mike and Gloria are seperated, and plan on getting a divorce.
California, Here We Are (1)
12. California, Here We Are (1)
December 17, 1978
The Bunkers arrive in Santa Barbara for Christmas and soon discover that all is not right with Mike and Gloria.
The Bunkers Go West
11. The Bunkers Go West
December 10, 1978
Mike's bad back forces the Stivics to cancel their trip home for Christmas , the Bunkers decide to travel west for the holidays.
Bogus Bills
10. Bogus Bills
December 3, 1978
Edith is arrested for passing phony ten-dollar bills she got from Archie's Place during Christmas time.
Return of the Waitress
9. Return of the Waitress
November 26, 1978
Edith finally confronts the waitress who tempted Archie's fidelity after Harry unwittingly hires her to work at Archie's Place.
Edith Versus the Bank
8. Edith Versus the Bank
November 19, 1978
Edith is refused credit when she tries to buy a television set for Archie, then encounters a problem taking out a loan.
Archie's Other Wife
7. Archie's Other Wife
November 5, 1978
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.
Weekend in the Country
6. Weekend in the Country
October 29, 1978
Once again, Archie and Edith try to preserve peace between Barney Hefner and his extremely wayward wife
Edith's Final Respects
5. Edith's Final Respects
October 22, 1978
Edith decides to pay final respects to her Aunt Rose, who scorned the Bunkers' marriage, and becomes the only mourner at the wake.
What'll We Do with Stephanie?
4. What'll We Do with Stephanie?
October 15, 1978
Archie and Edith are divided over Stephanie's future with them; he wants the child out, while she has other ideas.
Reunion on Hauser Street
3. Reunion on Hauser Street
October 8, 1978
The Bunkers attempt to reunite Blanche and Barney Hefner after her latest fling with an exterminator fizzles
End in Sight
2. End in Sight
October 1, 1978
A spot on his liver leads Archie to believe that he's dying, so he suddenly turns into a calmer, gentler human being.
Little Miss Bunker
1. Little Miss Bunker
September 24, 1978
Edith's cousin Floyd abandons his nine-year-old daughter, Stephanie, on the Bunkers' doorstep.
All In The Family
All In The Family

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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."

All in the Family is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (213 episodes). The series first aired on January 12, 1971.

Where to Watch All in the Family

All in the Family is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch All in the Family on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 12, 1971
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (15,125)