Archie Bunker's Place is an American sitcom produced as a spin-off 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).
|Archie Bunker's Place|
|Based on||Till Death Us Do Part created by Johnny Speight|
|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)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tandem Productions|
The O'Connor-Becker Company
UGO Productions Inc.
Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television (Currently)
|Original release||September 23, 1979 –|
April 4, 1983
|Preceded by||All in the Family|
Although the Bunker home continued to be featured, the last four episodes of All in the Family were primarily set in the title's 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.
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.
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"). 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.
Production of all seasons of Archie Bunker's Place took place at Studios 31 and 33 at CBS Television City in Hollywood, 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. The series is currently shown on Antenna TV as of August 2018.
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.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Rating||Tied with|
|1||24||September 23, 1979||March 23, 1980||11||22.9||N/A|
|2||20||November 2, 1980||May 10, 1981||13||21.4||N/A|
|3||29||October 4, 1981||June 1, 1982[a]||12||21.6||N/A|
|4||24||September 26, 1982||April 4, 1983||22||18.3||That's Incredible!|
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 her clothes were collected 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 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."
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. On July 7, 2015, Mill Creek re-released the first season on DVD.
"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.
Allan John Melvin (February 18, 1923 – January 17, 2008) was an American character actor, voice actor and impressionist, who appeared in several television shows including numerous recurring roles as varying characters on The Andy Griffith Show; recurring roles as Corporal Henshaw on The Phil Silvers Show; Sergeant Hacker on Gomer Pyle, USMC; Alice’s boyfriend Sam the Butcher on The Brady Bunch; and Archie Bunker’s friend Barney Hefner on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place.Archie Bunker
Archibald "Archie" Bunker is a fictional character from the 1970s American television sitcom All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place, played by Carroll O'Connor. Bunker, a main character of the series, is a World War II veteran, blue-collar worker, and family man. Described as a "lovable bigot", he was first seen by the American public when All in the Family premiered on January 12, 1971, where he was depicted as the head of the Bunker family. In 1979, the show was retooled and renamed Archie Bunker's Place; it finally went off the air in 1983. Bunker lived at the fictional address of 704 Hauser Street in the borough of Queens, in New York City.
All in the Family got many of its laughs by playing on Archie's bigotry, although the dynamic tension between Archie and his liberal son-in-law, Mike, provided an ongoing political and social sounding board for a variety of topics. Archie appears in all but seven episodes of the series (three were missed because of a contract dispute between Carroll O'Connor and Norman Lear in Season 5).
Archie was modeled after Norman Lear's father Herman Lear and on Alf Garnett from the BBC1 sitcom Till Death Us Do Part. In 1999, TV Guide ranked Archie Bunker number 5 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list. In 2005, Archie Bunker was listed as number 1 on Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters, defeating runners-up such as Ralph Kramden, Lucy Ricardo, Fonzie, and Homer Simpson. Archie's chair is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History.Bob Weiskopf
Bob Weiskopf (March 13, 1914 – February 20, 2001) was an American screenwriter and producer for television. He has credits for I Love Lucy which he and his writing partner Bob Schiller joined in the fifth season. They also wrote for The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Maude, All in the Family (for which he won a 1978 Emmy for co-writing the episode "Cousin Liz"), Archie Bunker's Place, The Red Skelton Show, the short-lived Pete and Gladys, and Sanford (the spin-off of Sanford and Son).Carroll O'Connor
John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned four decades. A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, in 1970 O'Connor found widespread fame as bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the CBS television sitcoms All in the Family (1971-79) and its spinoff, Archie Bunker's Place (1979-83). O'Connor later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama In the Heat of the Night (1988-95), where he played the role of Sparta, Mississippi police chief William (Bill) Gillespie. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played the father of Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) on Mad About You.
In 1996, O'Connor was ranked number 38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.Danielle Brisebois
Danielle Anne Brisebois (born June 28, 1969) is an American producer, singer-songwriter and former child actress. She is best known for her role as Stephanie Mills on the sitcoms All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), as well as playing Molly in the original Broadway production of the musical Annie.
After she retired from acting in the late 1980s, Brisebois pursued a music career. She was one of the two permanent members of the short-lived rock band New Radicals, along with her longtime songwriting partner Gregg Alexander, and acted as the group's keyboardist, percussionist and backing vocalist. She has also recorded two solo albums, Arrive All Over You and Portable Life, both of which were produced by Alexander. She has written or co-written a number of songs, including Natasha Bedingfield's hit singles "Unwritten", and "Pocketful of Sunshine".
In January 2015, Brisebois and Alexander were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Lost Stars" from the film Begin Again.Denise Miller
Denise Miller (born July 17, 1963) is an American actress. She is noted for her appearances in the television sitcoms Archie Bunker's Place and Fish, as well as the made-for-television movie Sooner or Later.Miller started her acting career at age 11, taking lessons with Sylvia Leigh, that led to jobs with Sears Roebuck and a portrayal of Helen Keller in an Exxon Bicentennial advertisement. Miller can also be seen in episodes of Charles in Charge and Barney Miller. She played Tina Manucci on the 1970s sitcom Makin' It.Edith Bunker
Edith Bunker (nėe Baines) is a fictional 1970s sitcom character on All in the Family (and occasionally Archie Bunker's Place), played by Jean Stapleton. She was the wife of Archie Bunker (who often called her a "dingbat"), mother of Gloria Stivic, mother-in-law of Michael "Meathead" Stivic and after 1975, grandmother of Joey Stivic. Her cousin was Maude Findlay (Beatrice Arthur) who was one of Archie's nemeses.While Edith was typically a traditional and subservient wife (with several notable exceptions throughout the series), Jean Stapleton was a noted feminist.
Series creator Norman Lear said on All Things Considered that his father told his mother to "stifle".F. William Parker
F. William Parker is an American character actor. He has appeared in these television series: The West Wing (as Rev. Al Caldwell), NYPD Blue, The X Files, Married... with Children, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Wings, Newhart, Alice, General Hospital, Dynasty, Taxi, Barney Miller, Archie Bunker's Place, CHiPs, The Jeffersons, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, The Bob Newhart Show, Good Times, The Golden Girls and The Waltons.Fern Fitzgerald
Fern Fitzgerald (born January 7, 1947 in Valley Stream, New York) is an American actress, best known for her recurring role as oil cartel businesswoman Marilee Stone in the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas from 1979 to 1989. She guest-starred in the number of other television series, like Archie Bunker's Place, Hill Street Blues, Hotel, Who's the Boss?, Life Goes On, and Seinfeld. In film, Fitzgerald appeared of The Beach Girls (1982). She also appeared in the original productions of Chicago and A Chorus Line on Broadway.Gary Shimokawa
Gary K. Shimokawa (born February 13, 1942 in Los Angeles County, California) is an American director and producer. He is best known for directing the sitcoms Archie Bunker's Place, Night Court and The Golden Girls. He has directed and produced over 40 shows and movies.Gloria (TV series)
Gloria is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Archie Bunker's Place that aired Sundays at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on CBS from September 26, 1982, to April 10, 1983. The series starred Sally Struthers reprising her role as Gloria Stivic, the daughter of Archie Bunker on All in the Family.Gloria Stroock
Gloria Jane Stroock (born July 10, 1924) is an American film, stage, and television actress. The elder sister of actress Geraldine Brooks, Stroock is best known for her supporting role in the television series McMillan & Wife as Maggie, the secretary of lead character Stewart McMillan (played by Rock Hudson).
She also had supporting roles in films including The Competition and The Day of the Locust as well as guest roles in television series such as Archie Bunker's Place, Baretta, Martin Kane, Private Eye, and Operation Petticoat.Jean Stapleton
Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray; January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013) was an iconic American character actress of stage, television and film.
Stapleton is best known for playing Edith Bunker, the long-suffering yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker, on the 1970s sitcom All in the Family, a role that earned her three Emmys and two Golden Globes for Best Actress in a comedy series. She also made occasional appearances on the All in the Family follow-up series Archie Bunker's Place, but asked to be written out of the show during the first season due to becoming tired of the role.Joey Stivic
Joseph Michael "Joey" Stivic is a fictional character who first appeared on the 1970s American sitcom All in the Family. Joey Stivic was the son and only child of Mike Stivic (played by Rob Reiner) and Gloria Stivic (played by Sally Struthers), and the grandson of Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) and Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton). The character first appeared as a newborn baby in a two-part episode of All in the Family that aired in December 1975.
After many appearances on All in the Family until Reiner and Struthers left the series in 1978 (by that time, Joey had been played most often by alternating twins Jason and Justin Draeger), the Joey Stivic character next appeared in the All in the Family spin-off series (some call it a continuation of the original) Archie Bunker's Place, in a guest appearance in the November 1979 episode "Thanksgiving Reunion". (Played by three-year-old Cory R. Miller, the character also appeared in the two-part December 1978 All in the Family episode "California, Here We Are," after Reiner and Struthers were no longer series regulars.) On Archie Bunker's Place, the character was played by child actor Dick Billingsley and was appropriately pre-school age. With Gloria now separated from Mike, she returned to Archie Bunker's Place with Joey in the February 1982 episode "Gloria Comes Home". In this episode, Joey was played by Christopher Johnston.
Joey Stivic was a regular character on the All in the Family spin-off series Gloria in 1982 and 1983. On this series, in which the now-divorced Gloria Bunker character had moved to Upstate New York in order to work as an assistant veterinarian, the part of Joey Stivic was played by ten-year-old actor Christian Jacobs. After Gloria was canceled in 1983, Joey Stivic disappeared from prime time television for 11 years, until the character made one last appearance on
704 Hauser, a short-lived 1994 series about a black family who had moved into the old Bunker home, years after Bunker had sold it. In this appearance, the Joey Stivic character was played by Casey Siemaszko, an actor born in 1961 (14 years before Joey Stivic's fictional birth).Lillian Adams
Lillian Adams (May 13, 1922 – May 25, 2011) was an American actress who appeared in over 100 film and television roles.
She appeared in such films as Private Benjamin and Bruce Almighty, and television series as Archie Bunker's Place, The Twilight Zone, Married... with Children and NYPD Blue. Her last film project was an independent film titled At What Price.She also appeared in commercials for CVS Pharmacy as mascot Super Saver Lillian.List of Archie Bunker's Place episodes
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Marco Zappia (November 29, 1937 – December 22, 2013) was an American television editor. His credits over a career of more than 40 years included All in the Family (95 episodes), Archie Bunker's Place (97 episodes), Who's the Boss? (188 episodes), Home Improvement (203 episodes) and 8 Simple Rules (75 episodes).He was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, winning twice, first for Hee Haw in 1971, and then for the 1980 special Christmas in the Holy Land.Richard McKenzie (actor)
Richard McKenzie (born June 2, 1930) is an American character actor who is known for his guest role as Fred Bunker, younger brother of Archie Bunker on the hit CBS-TV sitcom series All in the Family in seasons 7 and 8, and season 4 of Archie Bunker's Place. He also appeared in other popular shows such as Quincy, M.E., Hawaii Five-O, Matlock and In the Heat of the Night.Stephanie Mills (All in the Family)
Stephanie Mills (born around 1969) was a character on the 1970s American television situation comedy All in the Family and the follow-up series, Archie Bunker's Place. She was portrayed by child actress Danielle Brisebois, who joined All in the Family in 1978. Brisebois continued in the role until Archie Bunker's Place ended its run in 1983.