All in the Family's 40 greatest episodes

These are my 40 picks for the best episodes of All in the Family on its 40th anniversary year (2011).
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1.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Sammy's Visit (1972)
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The classic tale about the time Sammy Davis Jr. stopped by to visit the Bunkers. It begins with a briefcase he left in Archie's cab ... and ends with the kiss of infamy. (30 mins.)
 
2.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Two's a Crowd (1978)
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Mike and Archie get locked together in the storage room at Archie's Place and have a long talk. (30 mins.)
 
3.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Edith answers a magazine personal ad from a couple seeking new friends ... unaware that they engage in a swinging lifestyle. (30 mins.)
 
4.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie Is Branded (1973)
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Archie thinks a swastika painted on his door may be juvenile pranksters, but Mike is concerned that the Bunkers' home may have been mistaken for the residence of a Jewish radical. (30 mins.)
 
5.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Henry's Farewell (1973)
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Louise is planning a farewell party for Henry who is moving away to start his own business. The problem... (30 mins.)
 
6.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie and the Editorial (1972)
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Archie is invited to give a "man-on-the street" editorial on television, where he speaks against gun control. He then meets two people who saw the editorial ... who promptly rob him at gunpoint. (30 mins.)
 
7.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie and several neighbors learn that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, unaware that it is the Jeffersons. Lionel finds out about the effort to purchase the Jeffersons' new house and gets Archie to reveal his plans. (30 mins.)
 
8.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: The Stivics Go West (1978)
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Saying goodbye to Mike and Gloria proves traumatic for the Bunkers. Before they leave for their new life in California, Mike and Gloria share some long-hidden feelings, confused tears, and much, much more with Archie and Edith. (30 mins.)
 
9.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977)
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Archie, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party for Edith to celebrate her 50th birthday. But an unwelcome visitor to the Bunker's home - while Edith is home alone - has a much different surprise in mind for the Bunker matriarch. (30 mins.)
 
10.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977)
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Edith encounters a life-threatening rapist on her 50th birthday. (30 mins.)
 
11.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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On their first anniversary, Mike and Gloria reminisce (in flashback) the first time Gloria brought the Meathead home to meet the man that would become his father-in-law. (30 mins.)
 
12.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie in the Lock-Up (1971)
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Mike and Lionel decide to become part of an anti-war protest, but it isn't until they leave that Gloria... (30 mins.)
 
13.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith Writes a Song (1971)
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Edith writes a poem and gets a letter from a company that wants to turn it into a song for only $30... (30 mins.)
 
14.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Cousin Maude's Visit (1971)
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Edith's liberal cousin, Maude Findlay, arrives to help in caring for a flu-ridden Archie and Mike. (30 mins.)
 
15.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: The Draft Dodger (1976)
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It's Christmas again and the Bunker's are preparing for their holiday meal with Archie's buddy Pinky... (30 mins.)
 
16.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie and Edith Alone (1972)
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When Mike and Gloria are gone, Archie and Edith get a chance to share quality time at home alone. (30 mins.)
 
17.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith's Problem (1972)
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Edith's irritability as of late may be a sign of her going through menopause. Archie is frustrated when he finds out she can't possibly have her "change of life" in 30 seconds. (30 mins.)
 
18.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Mike's Problem (1971)
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Mike's anxiety over his upcoming college exams causes him to temporarily become sexually impotent. (30 mins.)
 
19.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie's Chair (1977)
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After Mike accidentally breaks Archie's chair he has it repaired, however it mistakenly gets thrown out and ends up in an art exhibit. (30 mins.)
 
20.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Judging Books by Covers (1971)
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Archie is irritated at Mike's offbeat friend, who dresses and behaves in a way that leads him to mistakenly conclude he is a homosexual. But Archie soon learns that one of his best friends is gay. (30 mins.)
 
21.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie in the Cellar (1973)
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When the rest of the family is away for the weekend, Archie accidentally locks himself in the basement, and has only a tape recorder and a bottle of vodka to keep him entertained. (30 mins.)
 
22.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie becomes suspicious when political office-seeker George is suddenly very nice to him. (30 mins.)
 
23.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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A power outage and reports of looting in the city prompt Mike to write a letter to the editor about... (30 mins.)
 
24.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie learns that Gordie and Mitch - the two men he met earlier at his bar - plan to burn a cross on... (30 mins.)
 
25.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie is shocked when his coworker Stretch has died after cavorting with a young woman. Asked to give the eulogy, he enlists Mike's help, requesting Bible references. But the biggest shock comes at the funeral. (30 mins.)
 
26.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: The Games Bunkers Play (1973)
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Mike refuses to accept constructive criticism during a group therapy board game. (30 mins.)
 
27.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. (30 mins.)
 
28.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his... (30 mins.)
 
29.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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Episode #137 - And estranged Archie and Edith are determined to prove to each other that they are perfectly content going their separate ways... (30 mins.)
 
30.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie Gives Blood (1971)
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Archie and Mike donate blood, sparking heated discussions on race, modern medicine, and God's will. (30 mins.)
 
31.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Joey's Baptism (1976)
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Archie is determined to baptize Joey, especially over Mike's express wishes against it. When Edith begins refusing to allow Archie to be with Joey alone (knowing what will happen), Archie begins getting very sneaky. (30 mins.)
 
32.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith's Christmas Story (1973)
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On Christmas Day, Edith tells Gloria that she has found a lump in her breast and worries that she may have cancer. (30 mins.)
 
33.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Lionel's Engagement (1974)
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The Bunkers, Stivics and Jeffersons attend Lionel's engagement party. His fiance is a young woman whose father is white and mother is black, much to the chagrin of Archie and (especially) George. (30 mins.)
 
34.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Mr. Edith Bunker (1976)
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Edith saves a man's life and becomes a local celebrity much to Archie's annoyance. (30 mins.)
 
35.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie Eats and Runs (1974)
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Archie learns that the canned mushrooms he just ate may have been part of a product recall because of reports of food poisoning. Mike urges Archie to investigate, but Archie decides he's sick and needs hospital treatment. (30 mins.)
 
36.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Edith's Night Out (1976)
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Edith takes matters into her own hands when Archie continually refuses to treat his wife to one night out on the town. An evening at Kelsey's Bar shows Archie that Edith is no social wallflower. (30 mins.)
 
37.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Archie's Contract (1974)
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A man comes by the house claiming that The Bunker's have a problem with heat loss in their home. He bars up the basement... (30 mins.)
 
38.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Gloria's Boyfriend (1974)
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Archie learns that the mentally disabled have some real abilities, not to mention savvy, when he causes Gloria's friend, a stock boy at Ferguson's Market, to lose his job. The young man then finds himself another job. (30 mins.)
 
39.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Pay the Twenty Dollars (1974)
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George Jefferson storms into the house, demanding Archie to explain why he paid him using a counterfeit $20 bill. (30 mins.)
 
40.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
Episode: Everybody Does It (1975)
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Archie's sense of morality is questioned when he borrows tools and equipment from work in order to complete a home repair project. (30 mins.)