Archie Bunker’s Place ran for 4 seasons from 1979-1983. The first season, though, still had Jean Stapleton playing Edith. It isn’t until the second season when she leaves the show and is put into the script that she died in her sleep. (Not in real life, of course.) This first season will bring many people good memories, too. There is the Thanksgiving Reunion Two-part episode that features Gloria, Mike, and Joey coming back for a visit after moving to California. There is another good episode where Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a second appearance on a Archie Bunker show, first being the one second season episode of All In The Family. Relive all these memories by buying the first season of Archie Bunker’s Place. Its only $29.99, and thats without the AMAZON DISCOUNT!
Here is an episode guide for the first season:
(1). “Archie’s New Partner, pt. 1″
(Original Air Date 9/23/79)
Archie decides to expand the bar in to the defunked restaurant next-door which he already in the process of leasing. Not wanting anything to do with the ownership of a restaurant Harry decides to sell his half of the bar to Jewish liberal Murray Klein who likes Archie’s idea to expand. Archie tries in vain to get a loan to buyout Harry .
(2). “Archie’s New Partner, pt. 2″
(Original Air Date 9/23/79)
Harry finalizes the sale of his half of the Bar to Murray. Archie learns he has a new partner and must come to grips with that. Murray discovers there is more to Archie then you may see at first glance.
(3). “Edith Gets Hired”
(Original Air Date 9/30/79)
Edith gets a job as working as a recreation assistant at the Rego Park Center for the mentally ill but Archie has some reservations about her working.
(4). “Archie and the Oldest Profession”
(Original Air Date 10/7/79)
Murray makes Archie take notice Archie that a new regular customer named Dottie is a Prostitute and is brokering her Business at their bar. Murray convinces Archie this is bad for their bar’s Image and that they must convince her to conduct her business elsewhere.
(5). “Edith Versus the Energy Crisis”
(Original Air Date 10/14/79)
Because of heat limit of 60 degrees imposed because of the energy crisis Archie finds himself in the cold at the Bar, but things are even worse at home where Edith is conserving Energy with a vigor. But soon Archie feels hot even without heat, when he comes down with a strep throat. Which it turns out he caught from Dr. Sydney Shapiro when he sneezed in Archie’s face during Stephanie’s visit the previous week.
(6). “Bosom Partners”
(Original Air Date 10/21/79)
The State of New York finds Fraud in Archie’s lack of payment of sales tax questionable record keeping method. Murray Must romance the State Tax Agent to keep Archie out of Jail and the Bar open.
(7). “Building the Restaurant”
(Original Air Date 10/28/79)
Archie and Murray have problems with Swensen their unreliable contractor who is demanding even more money which Archie tries to get from Louie the Loan Shark not knowing that Back at that Murray, Harry, Barney and Mr VanRanseleer have chipped in to finish the work on the restaurant themselves.
(8). “The Cook”
(Original Air Date 11/4/79)
Murray and Archie hire cook named Veronica Rooney (Anne Meara) who insist that her Gay Nephew Fred be the Waiter. Naturally Archie is uncomfortable with this and soon tries to fire Fred, but if Fred is fired Veronica will quit too. Murray convinces Archie to keep Fred.
(9). “Murray and the Liquor Board”
(Original Air Date 11/11/79)
Murray’s latter Pardoned Conviction for punching a cop in a Anti-Napalm Protest threatens the liquor license. When the man hearing the case is an overzealous conservative.
(10). “Thanksgiving Reunion, pt. 1″
(Original Air Date 11/18/79)
Edith arranges for Mike, Gloria and Joey come home to surprise Archie with a Thanksgiving Visit. But what Archie does not know was that Mike was fired from his teaching job after he was arrested for protesting nude agents a proposed Nuclear power plant after his picture at the protest was published in the paper. To make this worse Joey has hid the knobs from the TV.
(11). “Thanksgiving Reunion, pt. 2″
(Original Air Date 11/18/79)
Murray tries to convince Archie that he is being too hard on Mike. Murray asks Archie if he would protest nude if it would make the word a safer place. Archie comes home and starts eating the leftover turkey in the kitchen after he wakes up Mike. Mike Joins him at the table. Archie offer to loan Mike money to help him get back on his feet. They are then joined by Edith and latter Gloria around the kitchen table. Archie asks Gloria how she could let her husband march in a parade where everyone was naked ? Her answer? Because she didn’t…
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Some sources say that CBS’s All In The Family continued as Archie Bunker’s Place after the 1978-79 season. Don’t you believe that! CBS regularly telecast AITF for the last time on September 16,1979(CBS ran short marathons of AITF in 1991 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the AITF premiere). Then Archie Bunker(the late great Carroll O’Connor) was spun off on ABP. In 1977,Archie purchased Kelsey’s Bar in his hometown of Queens,New York from an ailing Tommy Kelsey,portrayed by Bob Hastings. Archie,who previously was a loading dock worker,reopened the pub as Archie Bunker’s Place. At the beginning of ABP,he hired a few new employees,a Hispanic young man named Jose(ho zay) and an Irish woman named Veronica Rooney(Anne Meara,wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller). The once-prejudiced Archie is now an equal opportunity employer. The old Kelsey’s gang is still here,one of them being Archie’s buddy Barney Hefner(Allen Melvoin). Rounding out the ABP cast is Jason Wingreen as Harry,another one of Kelsey’s gang,Danielle Brisebois as niece Stephanie Mills and of course Jean Stapleton as Archie’s “dingbat” wife Edith who stuck around for one more season(this one). There was very little seen of Edith this season and also for the next three seasons,the Bunkers’ home at 704 Hauser Street. Brisebois joined AITF at the beginning of AITF’s ninth and final season,filling the vacancy left by Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers who left after the previous season. Stapleton felt that she had exhausted her character and it was written that Edith had suddenly died of a stroke in her sleep. The most memorable highlights from this season are when the Bunkers’ “little goil” Gloria(Struthers) and her college professor husband Michael “Meathead” Stivic(Reiner) come to the Bunkers’ home from the Stivics’ Santa Barbara,California home for Thanksgiving. Michael was fired from his job for participating in a protest in the nude against nuclear energy(a major issue in 1979). And of course,there was the Stivics’ young son Joey in tow. This episode was a sequel to a three-part AITF episode from December 1978 when Archie,Edith and Stephanie travel to the Stivics’ home for Christmas. By the Thanksgiving episode,the Stivics were back together after a brief separation(they were separated in the Christmas episode). Also,remember the AITF episode where the late Sammy Davis Jr. guest-starred? Well,Davis comes to Archie’s for some dinner(the pub was expanded to a short order restaurant) one day and unfortunately,the meal was so lousy that he required medical attention. The black nurse told Archie,”Are you the honky who served this man a lousy meal?”. Archie says,”That wasn’t very nice! Did you hear what she called me?” In the AITF episode,someone took a picture of Sammy kissing Archie and in this episode,it was the reverse. In 1983,CBS suddenly decided to pull the plug on ABP,which didn’t by then have much viewership as another sitcom with a similar setting,NBC’s Cheers. O’Connor was so infuriated that he solemnly vowed never to work for CBS again. Following the twelve-year portrayal of Archie Bunker,O’Connor moved on to become the star of the NBC police drama IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT in 1988. O’Connor had creative control of the drama’s production for the six years it ran. He also had creative control of ABP,because CBS felt he deserved it,after being nominated for and winning a multitude of Emmys for his portrayal. By the way,during the run of ABP,another spinoff was born. Struthers reprised her AITF role,this time as a veterinarian’s assistant. Gloria,now divorced from Michael(he left her unmercifully),is back in New York residentially with Joey. Once again,she’s not too far away from her widowed father. GLORIA ran for only one season,in 1982-83. I dedicate this item to the memory of O’Connor(August 2,1924-June 21,2001).
I bought the set and was very surprised to find that the episodes were much better than I remember them. I have to admit that they do not compare with the early All in the Family episodes, but neither do the later All in the Family episodes. But none the less, I am glad they are on DVD and am glad that I purchased them. Does anyone know if the second season will be available soon?