Contrary to popular belief, the episode where Archie and Stephanie mourn Edith's passing was not the series premiere. Edith was phased out over the course of the first season, making occasional and brief appearances, like a guest star. The episode everyone remembers was the second season premiere.
Carroll O'Connor and series writer/producer Fred Rubin wanted to do an episode in which Archie Bunker had a reunion with his old Army buddies in Foggia, Italy, where the character had served. O'Connor, who had lived in Italy for many years, wanted to film the episode on location in Italy. However, CBS never accepted the story idea.
Like the final season of "All in the Family", the series was not taped in front of a live audience. Completed episodes were shown to the studio audiences for One Day at a Time (1975) and their laughter was recorded and edited into the episodes.