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      Season 4 – All in the Family

      1973 Comedy List
      Reviews 88% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score "All in the Family" is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. The lead character, Archie Bunker, is a loudmouthed, uneducated bigot who believes in every stereotype he has ever heard. His wife, Edith, is sweet but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. They and their daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike, all live in a working-class home. Unfortunately for Archie, he can't avoid the people he disdains: His son-in-law -- whom Archie calls "Meathead" -- is an unemployed student and of Polish descent; the Jeffersons next door are black; Edith's cousin Maude is a feminist; and, later, his partners in a local tavern are Jewish. Read More Read Less

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      Episode 1 Aired Sep 15, 1973 We're Having a Heat Wave When the house next door to the Bunkers is for sale, Archie and Henry Jefferson become nervous. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 22, 1973 We're Still Having a Heat Wave A heat wave that stifles New York is nothing compared to the trouble a woman is causing for Archie and Edith. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 29, 1973 Edith Finds an Old Man Trouble starts in the Bunker house when the family finds an 82-year-old pajama-clad stranger in their living room. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 6, 1973 Archie and the Kiss A provocative kiss sparks a feud between Archie and his liberal daughter, Gloria. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 13, 1973 Archie the Gambler Archie surprises everyone when he comes home from work bearing gifts and good cheer. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 20, 1973 Henry's Farewell Henry Jefferson's station in life is taking a giant step upward and Archie is filled with mixed emotions about the situation. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 27, 1973 Archie and the Computer When Edith sends in a box top to get back 25 cents and the quarters start rolling in, Archie wants to overlook the computer error. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 3, 1973 The Games Bunkers Play Mike learns the hard way that games are not always child's play. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 10, 1973 Edith's Conversion Archie suspects that Edith is turning Catholic when she starts wearing a religious medal and attending Mass. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 17, 1973 Archie in the Cellar Edith is going to a christening, the kids are off to a seminar in the mountains, and Archie is headed for a weekend of trouble. Details Episode 11 Aired Nov 24, 1973 Black Is the Color of My True Love's Wig Gloria feels insulted when Mike is turned on by her new black wig she had bought from the department store. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 1, 1973 Second Honeymoon Archie and Edith celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary by going on a second honeymoon. Details Episode 13 Aired Dec 8, 1973 The Taxi Caper Archie is robbed by a young man while driving the cab. He plans to press charges, but has second thoughts when the mans wealthy father pays him a visit. Details Episode 14 Aired Dec 15, 1973 Archie Is Cursed Irene Lorenzo challenges Archie to a game of pool at Kelsey's Tavern. Details Episode 15 Aired Dec 22, 1973 Edith's Christmas Story The Bunker household's Christmas mood turns grim when Edith tells Gloria she is going for a surgical examination. Details Episode 16 Aired Jan 5, 1974 Mike and Gloria Mix It Up Mike and Gloria have a heated argument over the fact that Gloria's now the aggressor in their marital relationship. Details Episode 17 Aired Jan 12, 1974 Archie Feels Left Out It is Archie's birthday and he is more surprised by his birth certificate than by his surprise party. Details Episode 18 Aired Jan 26, 1974 Et Tu, Archie? Archie anticipates seeing his old buddy, Joe Tucker, after a separation of more than 18 years. Details Episode 19 Aired Feb 2, 1974 Gloria's Boyfriend Inadvertently, Archie causes a mentally impaired box-boy to lose his job at the grocery. Details Episode 20 Aired Feb 9, 1974 Lionel's Engagement A battle takes place at the Jeffersons' when George learns that Archie will be a guest at Lionel's engagement party. Details Episode 21 Aired Feb 16, 1974 Archie Eats and Runs Archie fears he may have food poisoning from eating canned mushrooms which were recalled by the manufacturer. Details Episode 22 Aired Mar 2, 1974 Gloria Sings the Blues Gloria is depressed and finally opens up to her mother and admits that she and Mike are having problems in their marriage. Details Episode 23 Aired Mar 9, 1974 Pay the Twenty Dollars George Jefferson demands an explanation when he discovers Archie has paid him with a phony $20 bill. Details Episode 24 Aired Mar 16, 1974 Mike's Graduation Mike prepares for his final exams and the family faces the prospect of his college graduation. Details

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      Robert David Sullivan AV Club By now, Edith has transcended her dingbattery to become a source of comic wisdom. Aug 29, 2018 Full Review Kit MacFarlane PopMatters All in the Family breezes through its existential dilemma with a light touch and a refreshingly solid sense of proportion. Aug 29, 2018 Full Review

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      Audience Member “All in the Family”, released in 1971 follows Archie Bunkel and his family as he navigates his life with his left-wing daughter and her husband and his happy-go-lucky wife Edith. I’ve always loved this show. I particularly enjoy Jean Stapleton and her portrayal of Edith. She expresses such a joyful innocence, and has such great comedic timing, I can’t help but laugh and smile whenever she’s on camera. With this episode in particular being so pertinent to that period of time – exploring race, and the Watergate scandal, it made me think about what I might think and feel were I around during that time. Written by Norman Lear, Don Nicholl, and Johnny Speight, I love the back and forth between the characters. They especially capture the arguments between Michael and Archie really well. I truly don’t feel that there were any weaknesses in the script. Directed by Bob LaHendro and John Rich, I felt that the pacing of the episode was excellent. There was never a dull moment, and I felt that each joke and placement of the joke moved seamlessly into the next. This was also a great example of the wonderful editing by Jerry Greene. I couldn’t find any information on the cinematographer, but I enjoy how the show was lit. It makes the Bunkel home feel very open and welcoming, which is something that’s intriguing and inviting within a sitcom environment. Overall, I really loved the episode and thought that it was probably one of the best from that series that I’ve watched. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      John Rich
      Executive Producer
      Norman Lear
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Sep 15, 1973