12 January 1971
In the series' premiere, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party to celebrate Archie and Edith's 22nd anniversary. But it quickly turns into a shouting match between conservative Archie and the liberal "Meathead" on virtually every topic.
19 January 1971
Archie learns that Mike has written to President Nixon to criticize his policies. So Archie takes pen in hand and writes his own letter of praise.
26 January 1971
Archie is involved in a minor, non-injury car accident, then finds out that Lionel Jefferson's family used an insurance settlement to open a dry-cleaning business. He gets an idea ... and a sudden aching back.
2 February 1971
Archie won't donate blood over his concerns a non-Caucasian will be the recipient.
9 February 1971
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.
16 February 1971
Archie hits the roof when he learns Gloria is pregnant and unemployed college student Mike has no means to support his soon-to-be child. But just as he's changing his tune, Archie learns that Gloria became suddenly ill and suffered a miscarriage.
23 February 1971
Mike invites his unmarried hippie friends to spend the night in the Bunker's living room, over Archie's strong objections.
2 March 1971
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.
9 March 1971
Edith is the lone holdout in a high-profile murder case, in which the prosecution's case seems clear-cut. Archie whines because Edith has been sequestered for the duration and refuses to help himself around the house.
16 March 1971
Archie can't sleep because he's worried about possible layoffs at the loading dock where he works.
23 March 1971
Gloria reads up on women's liberation and then tells Mike that she should be an equal partner in their marriage. Mike doesn't agree and Gloria storms out of the house.
30 March 1971
Archie's old buddy, Eddie Frazier, has amassed a fortune in the used car trade. However, Eddie's quest for money comes at a huge price: his estranged family wants nothing to do with him.
6 April 1971
Edith invites Henry and Louise Jefferson over for dinner, ruining Archie's plans to go to a Mets game. Before dinner, Archie and Henry start a debate over racial matters.
18 September 1971
Archie's freeloading cousin, Oscar, dies in the guest room. Archie and Mike host an impromptu wake in their home, as they ponder whether to hold a funeral service or simply dispose of Oscar's body.
25 September 1971
An artist friend of the Stivics wants to paint a portrait of Gloria in her birthday suit, prompting a debate over the morality of nude art.
2 October 1971
Mike and Lionel decide to become part of an anti-war protest, but it isn't until they leave that Gloria gets the news that the situation is turning violent. She and Edith urge Archie to go down to the protest and bring him home. Mike comes home frazzled but unharmed, but Archie ends up in the slammer surrounded by commies, hippies and drop-outs. Mike secures his release because the police captain is Polish, but Archie doesn't know that and offends the captain, leaving him to stay in jail a little longer.
9 October 1971
Edith writes a poem and gets a letter from a company that wants to turn it into a song for only $30. Archie buys a "dog alarm" and a gun to protect the house all for only $60. The family gets into an argument over which is more important and Archie agrees to give the gun back. That night two burglars, who have just robbed a jewelry store, break into the house and hold the Bunker's hostage until the heat is off. At one point, the thief threatens to take off with the $30 but Edith talks him out of it by offering to sing the song. After hearing her singing, they decide that the Bunkers are in such sad shape that it would be cruel to rob them. The next day Archie reads in the newspaper that the crooks were arrested, and Mike reveals that he fixed the Dog Alarm by replacing it with Edith's singing.
16 October 1971
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 October 1971
Archie and Mike argue over who's the best candidate in a local election.
6 November 1971
Edith's shopping cart gets away from her, resulting in a minor paint scratch. Out of the cart pops a can of "mmmm-mmmm" (cling peaches) in heavy syrup, causing a dent in the hood. Edith leaves a note on the car and the owner comes by to collect the damages.
13 November 1971
A corrupt real estate agent encourages Archie to sell his home for more than it's market value.
20 November 1971
Mike's anxiety over his upcoming college exams causes him to temporarily become sexually impotent.
27 November 1971
At the same time Archie is told to lay off part of his crew at work, he gets a notice informing him that his homeowner's insurance has been canceled.
4 December 1971
Archie is eager to watch his "man-on-the-street" interview on "The CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite, but can't find a working television set.
11 December 1971
Edith's liberal cousin, Maude Findlay, arrives to help in caring for a flu-ridden Archie and Mike.
18 December 1971
Archie is depressed at Christmas because his boss canceled his holiday bonus (purportedly for screwing up a work order) and he doesn't know how to break the news to his family.
1 January 1972
Archie is a passenger in an elevator that stalls between floors, and reacts predictably to his fellow passengers: A black businessman, a scatterbrained secretary and a Puerto Rican man and his very pregnant wife, who goes into labor.
8 January 1972
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.
15 January 1972
A visiting FBI agent's investigation puts Archie's longtime friendship with an old war buddy in jeopardy.
22 January 1972
Mike's ex-girlfriend arrives, contending he fathered her 4-year-old son. Mike strongly denies he ever became serious with the woman, but a furious Gloria or an irate Archie isn't interested in his side of the story.
29 January 1972
Archie doesn't want to appear in court as a witness when he sees a mugging. When finally approached by a detective, he claims gangsters were responsible.
5 February 1972
When Mike and Gloria are gone, Archie and Edith get a chance to share quality time at home alone.
12 February 1972
Edith's wealthy cousin gives her a mink as a present.
19 February 1972
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.
26 February 1972
Edith tries to mediate a grievance after Archie is accused of breaking a coin-operated washing machine at the Laundromat. Will her efforts succeed before the matter proceeds to small-claims court?
4 March 1972
Archie frets over the man with whom Edith shared something special before they met.
Season 2, Episode 24: Maude11 March 1972
Archie and Edith travel to upstate New York to attend Carol Findlay's wedding.
16 September 1972
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.
23 September 1972
Archie fails to report the extra income he made by driving Munson's taxicab, and is audited by the IRS.
Season 3, Episode 3: The Threat30 September 1972
The Bunkers' house guest is the new, much younger wife of a war buddy. Archie, who can't take his eyes off of her, believes that she made a pass at him, and Edith overhears him telling Gloria and Mike so.
7 October 1972
Gloria's riddle, where the punchline is about women doctors, exposes sexist attitudes held by Archie and Mike about professions once predominantly held by men.
14 October 1972
Archie goes berserk when he discovers that his visiting niece has been seeing Lionel, whose own family is just as unhappy about it.
21 October 1972
Edith worries she may be a kleptomaniac when she absent-mindedly shoplifts from a department store and is subsequently arrested.
28 October 1972
Edith answers a magazine personal ad from a couple seeking new friends ... unaware that they engage in a swinging lifestyle.
4 November 1972
Mike donates his $275 inheritance to donate to the George McGovern presidency campaign, against Archie's express wishes that the money be used for room and board.
11 November 1972
On the Stivics' second anniversary, the family reminisces about how Archie and Mike's Uncle Cashmir conflicted while planning Mike and Gloria's wedding.
18 November 1972
The family continue to reminisce about the Stivics' wedding, recalling how Archie and Uncle Cashmir resolved their differences, only for Mike and Gloria to debate whether to allow a minister or a judge to give the vows.
2 December 1972
Mike needs emergency surgery to remove his appendix, but is uncomfortable with the idea of a female surgeon doing the operation.
9 December 1972
Archie inquires Edith about four lottery tickets, purchased several months prior, that she had forgotten about. Upon finding out one is a winner, Archie shows a sudden interest in keeping them, despite Edith insisting the tickets actually belong to Louise Jefferson. Archie, reminding Edith she paid for the tickets with her own money, says otherwise.
16 December 1972
Archie and a black man vie for the last spot on a bowling team.
Season 3, Episode 14: The Locket23 December 1972
When Edith can't find her heirloom necklace, Archie wants to report it missing so he can collect the insurance money. He then runs into problems when an agent comes over to verify the claim
6 January 1973
Hospital patient Archie strikes up a quick friendship with his roommate ... unaware that he is black.
20 January 1973
"Live like you were young" - that's the advice from Archie's old friend.
27 January 1973
Archie snoops through Mike and Gloria's room, sparking a debate over privacy and prompting everyone - Edith included - to storm out of the house.
10 February 1973
Edith reunites with her high school boyfriend during her class reunion, prompting Archie to worry about whether his wife will rekindle the romance.
17 February 1973
Mike worries that Archie may have unwittingly purchased a stolen watch. Matters become complicated when the watch is broken and Archie must find a repairman who will fix it and abstain from asking questions.
24 February 1973
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.
3 March 1973
All about how the time a repairman and his black apprentice came over to fix the Bunkers' refrigerator. Mike and Archie exchange wildly inaccurate versions about what happened, but Edith knows the real story.
10 March 1973
Archie sneaks out at night ... and it isn't to go bowling (as he claims). Rather, he's been working on the sly to get his GED.
17 March 1973
Gloria comes home shaken up and wearing clothes borrowed from a friend. She won't tell Mike what is wrong, but eventually she relents and tells her mother that she was walking by a construction site when a man pulled her behind a fence and tried to rape her. She passed out and he ran away. The question then becomes whether to report it or not. Edith convinces her by telling her how, when she was a teenager, a man tried to attack her in the same fashion. Gloria decides to tell the police and they send a detective over who advises her that testifying to the crime can be as horrifying as the incident itself. Mike and Archie supersede and decide that she isn't going to testify, leaving Gloria still shaken and the case unresolved.
24 March 1973
Gloria finally loses patience with Archie's oft-demeaning treatment of Edith ... and Edith's willingness to take his verbal assaults with a grain of salt.
15 September 1973
When a house in the neighborhood is put up for sale, Archie starts a petition to keep ethnic groups out. Henry Jefferson joins the effort when a Hispanic couple show interest. All this happens during a stifling heat wave in New York City.
22 September 1973
Frank and Irene Lorenzo, an eccentric Italian couple, settle into the house next door, irritating Archie to no end.
29 September 1973
Edith brings home an elderly man who ran away from the nursing home where he is a resident. Archie complains about the situation while Edith tries to contact the man's family.
6 October 1973
Archie hits the roof when Gloria brings home a sculpture of Rodin's "The Kiss," insisting it is pornography.
13 October 1973
Archie showers the family with expensive gifts, then is pressed to explain. Archie finally admits he's been betting on the horses, something he vowed he'd given up 20 years earlier.
20 October 1973
Louise is planning a farewell party for Henry who is moving away to start his own business. The problem is that she can't get George to attend because he won't set foot in a white man's house. So, through a mangle of miscommunication, she manages to get Edith to agree to host the party at her house. Of course, during the party Archie has to give his full opinion of the proceedings and of Henry's new venture. George reluctantly arrives to give his brother a farewell toast.
27 October 1973
An early satire on computers: A mix up on a rebate results in Edith inheriting a fortune in quarters from a prune company; Archie is (mistakenly) declared dead.
3 November 1973
Mike brings home a game called Group Therapy which asks players to open up about certain private feelings. He invites Lionel and the Lorenzos over the play, but the game turns out to be less fun then he had planned when he begins acting childish about everyone's reaction to him. He accuses everyone of criticizing him just as harshly as Archie. Edith straightens him out by explaining that Archie doesn't hate him but criticizes him because he sees in Mike all the things that he can never be. Archie comes home completely oblivious to what is going on. Mike says he understands and hugs him.
10 November 1973
When Irene Lorenzo invites Edith to attend Catholic Mass with her, Archie begins to get suspicious that Edith will soon be converting to Catholicism.
17 November 1973
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.
24 November 1973
Gloria buys a black wig and when she models it for Mike, he gets really turned on. But what happens when she takes off the wig leads to a huge fight about their sex life.
1 December 1973
Archie and Edith try to rekindle their romance by traveling to Atlantic City for their 25th anniversary.
8 December 1973
Archie is robbed while driving Munson's cab, and finds himself at odds with a corrupt politician who doesn't want him to report the crime.
15 December 1973
When Archie boasts that men are superior to women in every way in sports, Irene sets out to prove him wrong ... by challenging him to a game of pool at Kelsey's Bar.
22 December 1973
On Christmas Day, Edith tells Gloria that she has found a lump in her breast and worries that she may have cancer.
5 January 1974
The Stivics quarrel over sex roles in their marriage when Mike complains that Gloria has become the aggressor as of late.
12 January 1974
Archie's family and friends throw a surprise party for his 50th birthday, but Archie insists that he's only 49, and is upset to find out he's older than he thinks.
26 January 1974
Archie learns his old friend is unemployed and engaged in an all-out effort to find a job ... any job, even if it means a job at the loading dock.
2 February 1974
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.
9 February 1974
The Bunkers, Stivics and Jeffersons attend Lionel's engagement party. His fiancée is a young woman whose father is white and mother is black, much to the chagrin of Archie and (especially) George.
16 February 1974
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.
2 March 1974
Gloria's bout with depression takes its toll on the family.
9 March 1974
George Jefferson storms into the house, demanding Archie to explain why he paid him using a counterfeit $20 bill.
16 March 1974
Mike graduates from college, an occasion that to Archie means Mike will soon be moving out of the house.
14 September 1974
Archie's union calls a strike, leaving the family to begin adjusting to not having a steady income.
21 September 1974
The strike continues to drag and Archie is left to sit home and complain. The household budget, meanwhile, begins to take a beating with the high cost of meat and gasoline. Finally, Louise Jefferson offers the family some stew. Archie doesn't want to accept charity, but Edith persuades him to take the helping hand.
28 September 1974
Three weeks into the strike, there seems to be no progress between Archie's union and company representatives; in fact, negotiations on both sides seem to be getting worse. With Mike's tutoring jobs only bringing in very little money, Edith decides the Bunkers need some real income, and does so by getting a cashier's job at Jefferson Cleaners.
5 October 1974
Archie's union finally negotiates a contract with his company that the workers ratify. When Mike finds out the terms - a flat pay rate for the next three years - he tells Archie that his union should have turned down the offer and started to fight for a cost-of-living escalator, especially with the onset of sky-high inflation. Archie, however, is just glad the strike has ended.
12 October 1974
Lionel and George get into a huge late-night fight over Jenny and her mixed-race parents, prompting Lionel to spend the night at the Bunkers. Louise pressures her stubborn husband to apologize, and finds an unexpected ally in Archie, but only because he wants Lionel out of his hair.
19 October 1974
Archie persuades his boss to hire Irene as a bookkeeper. While she'd undoubtedly do a good job in that job, the boss thinks she'd do even better as a forklift operator. It isn't long before Archie finds himself working alongside Irene!
26 October 1974
Four years into the Stivic marriage, Mike and Gloria still have no children. That's just fine by Mike, and his wishes cause yet another argument between him and Gloria.
2 November 1974
Archie mysteriously disappears while traveling to a union convention in Buffalo, leaving Edith fraught with worry.
9 November 1974
After fearing the worst when Archie fails to contact the family for 48 hours, Edith, Mike and Gloria begin speculating about his whereabouts.
16 November 1974
The family is relieved to learn that Archie is safe and sound - he had been sidetracked at a podiatrist's convention. But Archie's reaction is priceless when he arrives home to find plenty of wackiness going on - hula hoops, ballroom dancing, and Mike trying to make good on Gloria's dare that they hold a kiss for hours and hours.
23 November 1974
Archie narrowly escapes a potentially deadly accident at the dock, prompting him to see the light. But can he deal with the demands of Christianity, especially after he is asked to drive a church bus on the same day he was looking forward to going to a New York Jets game?
30 November 1974
Archie becomes suspicious when political office-seeker George is suddenly very nice to him.
7 December 1974
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, and has Archie sign a contract for aluminum siding that he says he will get for free despite the fact that their house is brick. Edith reads the fine print and finds out that it will cost them $2000 no matter what happens. Archie is too stubborn to listen to Edith's good advice and signs the contract anyway. After the man leaves, Irene comes by to tell them that the man is scam artist who inspected their house with a light meter and a lot of phony advice. Archie is stuck with the contract and when the man shows us to start putting up the siding, it takes Mike, Gloria, George, Louise and Irene to get him out of the contract.
14 December 1974
Mike's college friend Stu comes to the house to play chess. However, Mike's intellectual conversation leaves Gloria feeling inferior.
21 December 1974
A special one-hour retrospective, celebrating the 100th episode of the groundbreaking sitcom. Host Henry Fonda narrates and shares clips from the series' most memorable episodes up to this point in the series.
4 January 1975
Archie can't help but feel uncomfortable - and uneasy - when a plumber's apprentice is a convict on a work furlough from prison.
11 January 1975
The pilot episode for "The Jeffersons," where George and Louise move to "a deluxe apartment in the sky."
Season 5, Episode 18: All's Fair18 January 1975
Mike and Gloria are dumbfounded by Edith's continual submissiveness to Archie. Gloria finally decides it's time to give her mother a long-overdue lesson in how to become more assertive in her marriage.
25 January 1975
The Bunkers are shocked when the seemingly happy marriage of Edith's favorite cousin is anything but.
8 February 1975
Archie's sense of morality is questioned when he borrows tools and equipment from work in order to complete a home repair project.
15 February 1975
Out of curiosity, Archie takes a magazine test about his health habits. When he scores the test, he learns he might die at age 57. Rather than take the test for what it is worth (or heed the advice of the accompanying article), Archie fumes about his apparent fate.
22 February 1975
Edith attends a wedding in her hometown of Scranton and runs into her childhood sweetheart, who is interested in rekindling the old romance
Season 5, Episode 23: No Smoking1 March 1975
A contest between Archie and Mike, to see who can abstain from his favorite indulgence (Archie's being smoking cigars, Mike's eating everything in sight) becomes a battle of wills. Who will win this 48-hour contest?
8 March 1975
Mike accepts a job, which pleases Archie because it means that Mike and Gloria will be moving. Finding a new home proves difficult. George Jefferson schemes to rent his old house next door to them cheap, just to annoy Archie.
8 September 1975
With the Jeffersons' old house now ready for the Stivics to move in, Mike and Gloria look forward to some peace and quiet. Then Gloria has some really wonderful news - she's pregnant.
15 September 1975
The day has come that Mike and Gloria are moving into their new home and Archie is practically pushing them out the door. Archie is being so obnoxious that Mike finally reaches a boiling point until he declares his independence and calls Archie a fathead. He and Gloria spend the night in their new home without electricity, plumbing or heat. Archie is overjoyed that the meathead is suffering but Edith's motherly instinct force her to intercede, she walks out and intends to suffer right along with the kids. Archie is all to happy to take care of himself but while making a mess in the kitchen, he runs across Gloria's bowl from when she was a baby and it melts his heart. He goes next door with a half-hearted apology and tells Mike and Gloria that they can stay at his house until the heat gets turned on.
22 September 1975
Archie will do anything to get a promotion at the loading dock. So, he agrees to help Mr. Sanders with his latest charity, unaware that it involves something that goes against his morals - organ donation.
29 September 1975
While driving Munson's cab, Archie saves the life of a beautiful woman who becomes unconscious. Uh, was that a woman? Sorry, that was no woman, thanks to female impersonator Beverly LaSalle's convincing act.
6 October 1975
Mike - along with everyone else - debate where he should be when Gloria is in the delivery room giving birth to their baby.
20 October 1975
Archie rips up a chain letter, thinking it to be nothing more than baloney. Then a whole bunch of accidents happen. Coincidence or did Archie really set off the string of mishaps?
27 October 1975
When Gloria gets her paycheck in the mail, it is good news and bad news. The good news is that the check is more than she expected. The bad news is that the check also comes enclosed with a pink slip. Determined to find out why she has been fired, she and Mike pay a visit to the boss Mr. Crenshaw. Mike becomes angry and demands to know why Gloria was let go. Crenshaw secretly records the parts of their conversation that makes Mike look like he is threatening him, but turns it off to confesses that he fired Gloria because she is pregnant, stating that she looks like Alfred Hitchcock in drag. The smug little man assures Mike that he and Gloria can sue him but that they have no evidence. Gloria organizes a protest outside the store that is interrupted by the cops - one of whom is pregnant and joins the protest. The store, with its back to the wall, gives Gloria her job back.
3 November 1975
Archie comes home to an empty house, no Edith, no dinner and no beer in the fridge. Edith comes home and starts preparing dinner, telling Archie that she has been volunteering at a nursing home. She feels a sense of pride that she is doing something fulfilling but Archie is angry that it is taking her away from the home. She insists that the volunteer work is important but Archie determines to put her in her place. Edith won't be put in her place and an argument breaks out with Archie trying to control her and Edith standing her ground. He tries to leave but she leaves first. Later, when she comes back, Archie takes her out to dinner and surprises him by telling him that she isn't volunteering at the home anymore because they have offered to pay her for her services.
10 November 1975
Archie's company physical is fast approaching, and he needs to remain calm for an entire weekend for the blood pressure test. Of course, a variety of situations arise that test Archie's ability to keep an even temper.
17 November 1975
Gloria, now in her seventh month, is feeling unattractive. Added to that is the fact that Mike is tutoring an attractive young woman in Economics and suspects that something else might be going on. That night, when Mike goes to tutor the woman, they both become mutually attracted to one another leading to a kiss. Meanwhile, Archie gets an idea to trap Mike in a confession. Knowing that he can't hold his wine, Archie decides to try and liquor him up as a truth drug. They both get drunk and right before Mike confesses, Archie passes out, missing the part where he confesses that he simply got up and left the woman's apartment.
24 November 1975
If it's a major holiday and Archie and Mike are sitting at the table, it's sure to mean one thing: verbal fireworks. This time, the holiday is Thanksgiving and the topic is the religion of the Stivics' unborn baby. Archie wants to raise his grandchild as a Christian; Mike suggests that the child will make the decision when he or she is old enough to.
1 December 1975
A mugger tries to attack Archie in his cab ... but this time, Archie strikes back with some pepper spray. So why is Archie the one facing criminal charges?
8 December 1975
Worried when her baby is nine days overdue, Gloria snaps at Mike. Mike tries to be nice to his wife, but then he forgets that her baby shower is scheduled on a day when he has plans.
15 December 1975
Archie is a nervous wreck because he wants to back out of the annual minstrel show at the lodge, which he has successfully avoided for several years. Lodge brothers Barney Hefner and Ed Bradley blackmail him by asserting that if Archie doesn't go on with the show, he will be kicked out of the lodge and lose all the benefits therein. Meanwhile, Mike and Gloria try to have a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant to take their minds off the fact that she is a week overdue. When Gloria admits that she is having contractions, which she didn't want to admit because she didn't want to spoil the evening, Mike panics and tries to get her to the hospital. Trying to call the lodge to tell her mother and father that she is in labor, she becomes stuck in the phone booth. Meanwhile, Archie and Edith get the message and have to leave the lodge to get to the hospital. Barney and Ed think that it is just one more excuse to get out of going onstage, and they take the cold cream, forcing Archie to have to show up at the hospital in black face.
22 December 1975
Archie is forced to show up at the hospital for the birth of his grandchild in black face, When his lodge brothers refused to give him their cold cream because he left, He and Edith are surprised to discover that Mike and Gloria haven't arrived - first they that Gloria was stuck in a phone booth at the restaurant and then they found themselves stuck in traffic. All is well, they get to the hospital, Gloria has the baby and Archie manages to borrow cold cream from a terrified elderly woman. The lodge brothers show up and tell him that they understand and that it would be heartless to throw him out of the lodge at the birth of his first grandchild, whom Mike and Gloria name Joseph Michael Stivic.
5 January 1976
In the wake of the birth of little Joey, Gloria and Michael are at odds with one another over communication issues. Gloria is upset because Michael keeps making big and little decisions without consulting her despite the fact that their marriage is suppose to be an equal partnership. The crux of their argument is over plans for their friends who are getting married before the year ends. Problems with the arrangements cause them to lose their original location and so it is suggested that they have it in the Stivic's living room. Mike comes to understand why Gloria is upset when she re-writes the speech he was suppose to make as best man.
12 January 1976
It is finally time for Mike and Gloria to have a break from little Joey for the evening and they hire a babysitter named Sharyl to watch him. Archie checks in but is none too thrilled by her choice of studies - Aboriginal sexuality - nor her hippie boyfriend whom she takes to smooching with on the couch. Archie throws them both out and takes little Joey over to his house just as the guys are converging for their poker night. He becomes irritated by the chatter and the noise from his buddies until they come together to try and help little Joey get to sleep.
26 January 1976
Archie has ulterior motives when he befriends a Jewish watchmaker, who has a sure-fire invention that the world has been waiting for.
2 February 1976
Mike's support of hiring quotas faces a stern test when he is passed over for a promotion to a less-qualified black man. Mike confronts the hiring manager, but his big mouth gets him in trouble again.
9 February 1976
Archie is told by his doctor to go on a diet, or else he'll suffer serious health problems. He rejects the efforts of Edith, Mike and Gloria to stick with the diet, but Justin Quigley may provide the inspiration Archie needs.
16 February 1976
With a lot of demands on Mike and Gloria's time - Joey needs a lot of care, and both of them working - the Stivics begin wondering when...or if they'll ever have time for each other.
23 February 1976
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.
1 March 1976
Mike finds out that Archie baptized Joey without his consent, prompting another argument between the agnostic and so-called Christian. The argument begins to simmer ... until the Bunkers' furnace breaks down.
8 March 1976
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.
22 September 1976
Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home.
22 September 1976
Archie finds himself in a compromising situation with an attractive waitress after Edith ignores his amorous advances and dashes off to the Sunshine Home. Janis Paige guest stars as Denise, the attractive waitress whose flirtations with Archie lead him to trouble on the home front.
29 September 1976
Episode #137 - And estranged Archie and Edith are determined to prove to each other that they are perfectly content going their separate ways, in the conclusion of a three-part presentation. The going gets tough for a while when the Bunkers continue to resist Mike and Gloria's efforts to reconcile them.
6 October 1976
The family is getting ready to celebrate Mike's good fortune, he's been published. It happens just at the wrong moment, because Archie has just been laid off due to the recall of a government contract. At the unemployment office, he finds nothing but bureaucracy and frustration, especially with the information he won't get much of a check due to his job moonlighting in Munson's cab. At home, Edith makes it worse trying to make him feel better by trying to sing him to sleep.
13 October 1976
Archie continues to have problems with finances and with finding another job. At the grocery store, he stresses himself about Edith's spending habits and tries to save money even if it means denting cans to save two cents. Gloria informs him that he has an interview for a job as a custodian, and at the interview he finds out that he is only being offered the job because of his lack of education. He gets the job over a man who is highly educated but has been out of work for three years. The man is so distraught that he climbs out onto the ledge of the building and threatens to jump, with only Archie to talk him down. He climbs out of the ledge in an effort to reason with him by showing him a picture of Joey and reminding him of the responsibility of being a grandfather - which they both are. The man sees the light and crawls back in, leaving Archie on the ledge by himself. He is deemed a hero for saving the man's life, and back home his good deed puts him in the mood for love, until his gall bladder begins to act up.
27 October 1976
Archie goes into the hospital and has a verbal run-in with a Puerto Rican nurse and gets a blood transfusion from a black doctor.
27 October 1976
Archie goes into the hospital and has a verbal run-in with a Puerto Rican nurse and gets a blood transfusion from a black doctor.
6 November 1976
Archie is tired of being the butt of Pinky Peterson's practical jokes and sets out to get revenge by fixing Pinky up on a date with Beverly Lasalle.
13 November 1976
The outspoken Puerto Rican nurse that Archie met at the time of his operation moves into Mike and Gloria's old room.
20 November 1976
When Mike and Gloria are preparing their will, they have problems with having Archie and Edith as guardians for little Joey.
27 November 1976
Edith saves a man's life and becomes a local celebrity much to Archie's annoyance.
4 December 1976
Edith invites a couple of high school friends over for dinner, unaware that Archie had a brief fling with the wife back in their high school days.
11 December 1976
Despite the objections of Mike and Gloria, Archie enters his grandson in a beautiful baby contest.
18 December 1976
Gloria wants Mike to have a vasectomy when she thinks she might be pregnant.
25 December 1976
It's Christmas again and the Bunker's are preparing for their holiday meal with Archie's buddy Pinky. Mike's old friend David Brewster drops by unexpectedly and Mike is concerned because he is a draft dodger who has been living in Canada and is wanted by the FBI. Pinky comes by and Archie warns the family not to let him move the conversation toward his son Steven since Pinky is still in shock over his tragic death in Vietnam. During dinner Archie won't stop quizzing him about why he lives in Canada. David is so put out that he admits that he is a draft dodger, which insights a furious rage from Archie. He assumes that since Pinky, the "gold star father", has lost his son in Vietnam that he will join him in his outrage, but to Archie's shock, Pinky sides with David and wishes him a Merry Christmas. Dealing with the shock of this turn of events, Archie tells the family that he needs time to work this out. He goes to the door and tells a group of carolers that he doesn't want to have to call the cops on them. The slams the door, shaking a wreath embossed with a single word: "Peace."
8 January 1977
Episode #150 - The Bunker's unexpected return from a weekend trip puts Edith in a precarious situation when she discovers that Teresa has her boyfriend in her bedroom. Edith and the embarrassed Teresa agree that the only course of action is to try to sneak out the visitor before Archie finds out.
15 January 1977
After Mike accidentally breaks Archie's chair he has it repaired, however it mistakenly gets thrown out and ends up in an art exhibit.
22 January 1977
Against his wife's wishes Mike goes skiing with his buddies.
29 January 1977
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.
5 February 1977
Mike and Gloria help advise the Bunkers on their sex life after they find Edith reading a sex manual.
12 February 1977
Mike gets very upset when he defends Gloria on the subway since he never once in his life advocated violence.
Season 7, Episode 22: Fire19 February 1977
A bathroom fire drives the Bunkers from the house in the middle of the night. Later Archie expects a handsome insurance check.
26 February 1977
Mike and Gloria have an argument after a Scrabble game about Mike always being right and that she never did get to go to college as Mike had promised. Mike also ends up with Archie as a roommate for one night.
5 March 1977
To change the public perception of their lodge Archie proposes that they let in a black Jewish fellow from his work.
12 March 1977
Archie starts another battle when he goes one-on-one with a neighborhood dog.
2 October 1977
Archie buys Kelsey's Bar, but has to forge Edith's signature to get the money.
2 October 1977
Mike has to soothe Edith's feelings after she learns that Archie forged her signature to buy the bar.
Season 8, Episode 3: Cousin Liz9 October 1977
After Edith's cousin Liz dies her female roommate admits to Edith that they were lovers.
16 October 1977
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.
16 October 1977
A badly shaken Edith tells Archie, Mike and Gloria about her encounter with the rapist and that she managed to fight him off. Two weeks after the attack, Edith is still shaken by what happened and refuses to come to the station to identify the suspect. Gloria finally manages to persuade her mother to snap out of her shaken self and help bring her attacker to justice.
23 October 1977
Archie has to delay his fishing trip when Edith has an anniversary party for a couple from the Sunshine Home.
30 October 1977
Harry the bartender quits after Archie keeps bossing him around. Edith and the Stivics end up helping out during the grand opening of Archie's Place.
6 November 1977
Slow business at the saloon depresses Archie, so well-meaning Hank Pivnik gives him some pills to help him cheer up. But Archie takes too many and the family fears for his health.
13 November 1977
Depressed Archie confines himself to bed indefinitely, so the family tries to get Harry the bartender to become Archie's partner and invest in Archie's Place.
27 November 1977
A power outage and reports of looting in the city prompt Mike to write a letter to the editor about how greedy governments do the same in the name of free enterprise. At the bar, Archie vents his frustrations about how Mike always argues his point and doesn't see things his way. Two men - who have been listening in - approach Archie and suggest that he come to a meeting of the Kweens Kouncil of Krusaders (a chapter of the Klu Klux Klan), where they will come up with a more severe way of "teaching" Mike a lesson.
4 December 1977
Archie learns that Gordie and Mitch - the two men he met earlier at his bar - plan to burn a cross on the Stivic's lawn and must come up with a way to stop them. When Archie tries to persuade Mike to write a new letter to the editor (recanting his previous stance on free enterprise), he lets slip that he had spoken with known Klu Klux Klan members. Mike is outraged and tells Archie to go away, but Archie is still determined to stop the cross burning - even if it means he will be the KKK's next target.
11 December 1977
A flashback episode of when Mike and Gloria first came together by mutual friends at the Bunker home while Archie and Edith are out. Initially their differences lead to much tension until they discover a shared love for old style dancing.
18 December 1977
Edith's faith is severely shaken when their friend Beverly, the female impersonator, is murdered at Christmastime.
25 December 1977
Mike recovers from the injuries he sustained in the mugging. But the Christmas Day gift exchange is still strained due to Edith's depression, so the family rallies around her.
8 January 1978
Honest Edith just can't lie during a detergent commercial.
15 January 1978
On Superbowl Sunday, Archie's Place is robbed.
22 January 1978
Archie will not allow Edith's aunt to move in after she was rejected by the rest of her family.
5 February 1978
The butcher falls in love with Edith.
12 February 1978
Mike and Archie get locked together in the storage room at Archie's Place and have a long talk.
Season 8, Episode 20: Stalemates19 February 1978
Even a Pocono weekend doesn't seem to spark the romance in the Stivic's marriage.
26 February 1978
Before an operation, Archie's brother tries to smooth over differences that occurred long ago.
5 March 1978
Mike accepts a job on the west coast and the Stivics prepare to move.
12 March 1978
Mike and Gloria can't make the special dinner that Edith prepared for the departing Stivics.
19 March 1978
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.
24 September 1978
Edith's cousin leaves his daughter nine year old daughter Stephanie with the Bunkers.
1 October 1978
Archie slips into a bout of depression when he finds out from his insurance company's physical that a spot appeared on the X-Ray on his liver. Despite the fact that the doctor isn't sure what the spot is, Archie is convinced that the end is near. His first response is to be nice to Edith, and his second is to retire to his bedroom to wait out the inevitable.
8 October 1978
Edith and Archie try and get their friends Barney and Blanche back together.
15 October 1978
After her father fails to return for Stephanie, the Bunkers decide to raise her themselves.
22 October 1978
Edith goes to the funeral of her Aunt Rose and is the only mourner. She has a long talk with her aunt.
29 October 1978
During a weekend in a fishing cabin, a disagreement over a Monopoly game has the men and women sleeping in separate bedrooms.
5 November 1978
At a convention Archie awakens next to a black woman who claims that they were married.
19 November 1978
No one will loan Edith money to buy a new television because she has no job and is just a housewife.
26 November 1978
Archie is caught between sympathy and self-preservation when the "other woman" from his past really needs his help. Her name is Denise and she's the attractive waitress who was the other half of an evening that Archie - and Edith - will always remember.
3 December 1978
Edith is arrested for passing counterfeit money that she got from Archie at the bar.
10 December 1978
The Bunkers plan to go to California to visit the Stivics after they cancel their Christmas trip to New York.
17 December 1978
When the Bunkers visit the Stivics in California, Mike and Gloria are hiding the fact that they have separated.
7 January 1979
Edith can't sing at the PTA meeting because she has laryngitis.
14 January 1979
The butcher returns with his fiancee who is the spitting image of Edith who he still seems to have feelings for.
21 January 1979
On her tenth birthday Stephanie is rushed to the hospital with appendicitis.
28 January 1979
Stephanie has been stealing from school and from the Bunkers.
5 February 1979
Barney is distraught after Blanche finally leaves him so Archie tries a bit of matchmaking himself.
11 February 1979
Archie's brother shows up with an eighteen year old wife.
18 February 1979
The Reverand Chong visits Edith to tell her that Stephanie is Jewish. Archie wants her to convert, but Edith backs Stephanie's decision.
25 February 1979
Edith is dismissed when she honors a patient's wishes and lets her die in peace.
4 March 1979
Producer/Developer Norman Lear hosts a 90 minute retrospective on the long-running comedy with classic footage from past episodes.
18 March 1979
Louise Jefferson shows up and asks Edith to help her find a buyer for their house next door. At first Archie is excited... until he sees Edith's choice for new neighbors.
25 March 1979
Archie's fighting instincts are aroused when Stephanie's derelict father returns and uses blackmail to try an get his daughter back. Edith panics at the thought of losing Stephanie, and does her best to help Archie with a plan.
8 April 1979
Episode #207 - Archie keeps a sick Edith so busy cooking for his big St. Patrick's Day party, that she doesn't get the chance to tell him that "hard work is hazardous to her health." When Archie finds out the truth about Edith's illness, he takes steps to make sure she will never "forget" to tell him again.
The original pilot (not made available to the public until years after the second pilot had been broadcast). The family name was Justice.
Second unaired pilot (but first to be shown to the public) about a family named Justice that used different actors for the children and their neighbor Lionel.
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